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Outdoor Theatre 2020

Much Ado About Nothing

By William Shakespeare

11th July, 2020

Claudio loves Hero, and Benedick hates Beatrice. This is just as well, because Hero loves Claudio and Beatrice hates Benedick. Everyone laughs when Don Pedro plays a trick on Benedick and Beatrice, letting each think that they are secretly loved by the other. But it is no laughing matter when Don John plays a trick on Claudio and Hero, deceiving Claudio into thinking that Hero is not faithful to him.

Murderous rage is unleashed, and death can be the only solution… Or can it? Perhaps one last trick may resurrect the innocent dead, restore broken relationships – and even create an unlikely union of Benedick and Beatrice!

Now in its 29th year, Illyria has delighted audiences the length and breadth of the UK, and in the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, France, the United States and Canada performing some of the most well-loved productions on offer. The company has won 4 international Best Performance” awards and attracted numerous “5-star” and “Critics’ Choice” reviews for the lively clarity of its approach to Shakespeare’s plays, the high quality of its family shows and the refreshingly quirky originality of its English classics adaptations and Gilbert & Sullivan musicals.

Illyria is an intrepid band of five actors who perform Shakespeare’s plays, entirely uncut, direct from the First Folio, the most authoritative edition of Shakespeare’s plays. It’s swift, it’s polished and it’s spoken beautifully (uniquely among open-air touring theatre companies Illyria’s artistic director has published articles on verse-speaking) – and scholars on both sides of the Atlantic agree that Illyria’s performance style is the most authentically Elizabethan to be seen. Since 1992 they have performed on what feels like every patch of grass from Land’s End to John O-Groats – and also in Ireland, France, Germany, Holland, Switzerland, USA and Canada. They are the only UK open-air touring company to have won no less than 4 international awards, and have a well-deserved reputation for being, quite simply, the best.

Show starts 7pm, you’re welcome to come and set up from 6pm.

Running time: 2 hours 10 minutes (including a 20 minute interval)

Tickets are available from Logie Steading Art Gallery, 01309 611378 or online

Ticket Prices: 

Adult £16, Concession (60 yrs and over, and disabled) £14, child (16 years and under) £8

Group / family ticket offers (only available from the Art Gallery, not online):

10% off tickets to all 3 performances if bought at the same time

School/youth groups: 1 free adult for every 10 children

Family/friends ticket: 2 adults + 3 children for the price of 2 adults and 2 children (one child goes free)

Carers attending disabled visitors may have a free ticket.

The Further Adventures of Doctor Dolittle

Adapted by Oliver Gray

19th July, 2020

Following the phenomenal success of 2018’s tour of The Adventures of Doctor Dolittle, Illyria is delving back into Hugh Lofting’s amazing stories to bring you a brand-new musical adaptation of the Doctor’s FURTHER adventures with Jip the Dog, Dab Dab the Duck, Gub Gub the Pig and Polynesia the Parrot.

Where in the world will they go? Will they even stay on this world?! Which new animals will they help along the way? Will the Rats still have pithy observations to make? Is Gub Gub still dreaming about cake?

As in our 2018 production, The FURTHER Adventures of Doctor Dolittle features a fully orchestrated score, amazing puppets and a plethora of songs that our audiences will be singing along to for years to come.

Show starts 5.30pm, you’re welcome to come and set up from 4.30pm.

Running time: 1 hour 40 minutes (including a 20 minute interval)

Tickets are available from Logie Steading Art Gallery, 01309 611378 or online here.

Ticket Prices: 

Adult £16, Concession (60 yrs and over, and disabled) £14, child (16 years and under) £6

Group / family ticket offers (only available from the Art Gallery, not online):

10% off tickets to all 3 performances if bought at the same time

School/youth groups: 1 free adult for every 10 children

Family/friends ticket: 2 adults + 3 children for the price of 2 adults and 2 children (one child goes free)

Carers attending disabled visitors may have a free ticket.

 

HMS Pinafore

By Gilbert & Sullivan

15th August 2019

Set on board the warship HMS Pinafore, the opera cheerfully mocks such Great British institutions as Class, Patriotism and the Royal Navy. Josephine the captain’s daughter is in love with Ralph a common sailor, but her father wants her to marry Sir Joseph Porter, First Lord of the Admiralty. The couple are caught as they elope from the ship and Ralph is locked in the ship’s dungeon. Only when certain revelations are made by Buttercup, a dockside vendor, can everyone end up freely marrying their true hearts’ loves.

This wonderful comic opera gets the complete Illyria treatment, faithfully performed with the full score by a reduced cast on a beautiful nautical set.

Show starts 7pm, you’re welcome to come and set up from 6pm.

Running time: 2 hours (including a 20 minute interval)

Tickets are available from Logie Steading Art Gallery, 01309 611378 or online

Ticket Prices: 

Adult £17, Concession (60 yrs and over, and disabled) £15, child (16 years and under) £8

Group / family ticket offers (only available from the Art Gallery, not online):

10% off tickets to all 3 performances if bought at the same time

School/youth groups: 1 free adult for every 10 children

Family/friends ticket: 2 adults + 3 children for the price of 2 adults and 2 children (one child goes free)

Carers attending disabled visitors may have a free ticket.

 

The photograph at the top of a previous year’s performance of The Mikado was taken by Henley Spiers

The Cafe is open for 30 mins before each performance, and during the interval, serving hot and cold drinks, cakes, ice cream & crisps.

Many of the courtyard shops will also be open at these times, some offering special on-the-day theatre discounts.

Ticket prices, show times and online booking available on the individual performance pages. Tickets can also be bought by telephone or in person at Logie Steading Art Gallery.