Outdoor entertainment in the Nene Valley this summer

Theatre was born outdoors. From ancient Greek amphitheatres to the pageant wagons from which mystery and miracle plays were performed from the 10th through to the 16th century, actors and their audiences have been used to contending with the elements.

In 2021 there’s even more reason to embrace outdoor entertainment and this year there are a number of must-see performances to look forward to, as well as open air cinema. Book early to avoid disappointment as seating capacity may be limited due to social distancing guidelines. Remember to pack layers and a waterproof, just in case, and get ready to have a memorable time!

The Importance of Being Earnest at Barnwell Country Park on Wednesday July 14

Marvellous feats of performance and culinary capers await as the entirety of Oscar Wilde’s classic play of manners, affairs and handbags is performed by just two entertainers. Tickets from: https://creativeoundle.co.uk/events/slapstick-picnic-the-importance-of-being-earnest

Mr Stink at Barnwell Country Park on Friday July 16

Heartbreak Productions will be presenting an outdoor performance of Mr Stink adapted from the David Walliams’ bestseller of the same name. Packed with fun, humour and a heart-warming message, this touching tale provides the perfect summer family entertainment. (Pack a picnic and take low-backed chairs or rugs as no seating provided.)

Tickets from https://www.heartbreakproductions.co.uk/venues/barnwell-country-park/

Much Ado About Nothing at Lamport Hall on Saturday July 17

A much-loved Shakespearian comedy performed by the Illyria theatre company in their 29th open-air touring season. Renowned all over the world for their clarity, quality and ingenuity, expect a compelling and hilarious performance in the gardens at Lamport Hall. Tickets from: http://lamporthall.co.uk/event/theatre-in-the-garden/

Movies by the Lake at Stanwick Lakes from Friday June 25 to Saturday August 28

Get ready for a summer-long selection of top movies in this stunning setting in both afternoons and evenings. There’s something to suit everyone here: Dirty Dancing, Moana, Cool Runnings, The Lion King, Forest Gump, Greece, Mary Poppins, Bohemian Rhapsody, Fighting with my Family, Mamma Mia, A Star is Born, Paddington, Independence Day, The Notebook, Terminator 2 – Judgement Day. Tickets from: https://www.moviesbythelake.co.uk/whats-on

Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book at Lamport Hall on Friday July 30

Immersion Theatre promise their wildest show yet with a new musical adaptation of this Rudyard Kipling family favourite. Expect a fun-packed afternoon with audience interaction and the chance to meet the characters after the show. The perfect treat for the whole family for everyone aged 4+.

Tickets from: http://lamporthall.co.uk/event/30th-july-immersion-theatre-present-rudyard-kiplings-the-jungle-book/