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Open-air music and theatre events

PUBLISHED: 11:39 26 May 2015 | UPDATED: 11:39 26 May 2015

EXG JUNE 15 OPEN-AIR EVENTS

EXG JUNE 15 OPEN-AIR EVENTS

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Holly Eells pick out some highlights from the open-air music and theatre events that you can enjoy in Essex this summer

6 June

11am

Peter Rabbit

Rayleigh Mount
Rayleigh SS6 7HQ

Peter Rabbit knows very well that he is not to go into Mr McGregor’s garden; especially as it was there that his father met his untimely end and was put into a pie. But Peter cannot resist, and after several nasty scrapes Peter finally escapes home to a severe telling-off from his mother and early to bed. In the second tale, the second half of the show, Peter and Benjamin go back to the garden to recover Peter’s lost clothes. After several scrapes Benjamin’s father rescues the rabbits from a cat and they escape with the clothes, leaving Mr McGregor to wonder what had been going on in his garden. Using live music, this production promises a magical evening for young and old alike taking them back to the tales of their childhood in a show designed to appeal to all the family.

Admission: Adults £10,

children £5, family ticket £25. Booking is advisable

www.quantumtheatre.co.uk

6 June

3pm

Midsummer Night’s Dream

Rayleigh Mount, Rayleigh 
SS6 7HQ

Set on that most dangerous of nights when fairies are abroad and nothing is as it seems, four young, unsuspecting, lovers become entangled in their magical affray and soon no mortals are safe in those bewitching woods outside Athens. This production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream has previously enjoyed a fantastic response from audiences all over the country. Its fast paced, highly energetic and interlaced style combines with live music and, of course, being one of Shakespeare’s best loved comedies, it is rip-roaringly funny!

Admission: Adults £10, 
children £5, family ticket £25. Booking is advisable

www.quantumtheatre.co.uk

10 June

7.30pm

La Boheme: Royal Opera House BP Big Screen Live Stream

The Forum Southend, 
Elmer Square, Southend
SS1 1NE

Enjoy operatic royalty in Puccini’s best-loved opera. International opera stars Anna Netrebko and Joseph Calleja lead a terrific cast in John Copley’s exquisite production, so don’t miss your last chance to see this award-winning production, which The Royal Opera performs for the last time this season. Each screening brings exclusive backstage films and competitions. Bring your own cushion, blanket or fold-away chair to enjoy stellar performances in comfort and the open air. You can even bring your own nibbles to keep the munchies away.

Admission: Free

www.theforumsouthend.co.uk

21 June

12pm-10pm

Fete de la Musique

1 Market Place
Saffron Walden CB10 1HR

A fantastic day of free music to enjoy in Saffron Walden. Local musicians, choirs and bands will feature folk, jazz, classical and much more. Various venues throughout the town offer something for everyone!

Admission: Free

www.visitsaffronwalden.gov.uk

21 June

3pm-5pm

South Wind Orchestra

Castle Park and Gardens,

High Street, Colchester CO1 1UG

Come and join some joyful sounds in the beautiful surroundings of Colchester Park and Gardens with family and friends. Just sit back and enjoy.

Admission: Free entry

01206 282700

21 June

5pm-10pm

Pimlott Foundation

Summer Event

The Old House Barn, Old House Road, Great Horkesley, Colchester CO6 4EQ

Why, this is very midsummer madness!’ Pimlott Foundation present an evening of musical entertainment, with a brass band in the garden, musical soiree, a jazz band and film. There will also be a BBQ and a bar available.

Admission: £10

01206 271291

26 June

6pm-8pm

Pride and Prejudice

Marks Hall, Coggeshall CO6 1TG

Take a step back in time with Chapterhouse Theatre Company to meet Elizabeth Bennet, Jane Austen’s most loveable heroine. When Elizabeth meets the rude and abrupt Mr Darcy, she loathes him at first sight. But is there more to him than meets the eye? Join family and friends for what promises to be the most splendid evening of the summer as you picnic under a beautiful summer sky and lose yourself in this unforgettable love story.

Admission: Prices vary and booking is essential

www.markshall.org.uk

4 July

12pm-11pm

The Fling Festival

Hylands House, Hylands Park, London Road, Chelmsford
CM2 8WQ

This festival is like no-other, curated purely for adults. A bespoke day of live music, burlesque and cabaret, enlightening talks and wordsmiths, surreal theatre and immersive arts and crafts, the scrummiest food and much more. All based in the gorgeous setting of the Hylands Estate.

Admission: Prices vary

01245 605500

10 July

From 7pm

Twelfth Night

Hylands House, Hylands Park, London Road, Chelmsford

CM2 8WQ

Join the Lord Chamberlain’s men this summer to see Shakespeare’s best-loved romantic comedy, Twelfth Night. A joyous tale of love, longing, laughter and mischief, mayhem and mistaken identity, set in fair Illyria. What better way to spend a glorious summer’s evening than watching this enormously funny, fast-paced production of Shakespeare’s much-loved comedy? Performed on the back lawn at Hylands House, by an all-male cast in full Elizabethan costume, with traditional music and dance, this is undoubtedly one of the hottest tickets this summer.

Admission: Adults £14.50, child £7.50, concession £12.50 and tickets £15 on the door

01245 605500

11 July

3pm

Northanger Abbey

Willow Cottage Theatre, Romford RM4 1HR

Dot Productions presents Northanger Abbey, an adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel. It is the fifth visit to Willow Cottage of this talented company. Don’t miss this one and only event.

Admission: £10 in advance, £12 on the day, £8 children under 14

www.dot-productions.co.uk

11 & 18 July

7pm

Much ado about nothing

St Marks College, Audley End, Saffron Walden CB11 4JD

On the contrary, there’s a lot to shout about in The Pantaloons’ take on Shakespeare’s timeless summer comedy of masks, music and mistaken identities. The boys are back from war and it’s time for celebration, but villainous Don John decides to spoil everyone’s fun with his devious plots. Will young Claudio and his love hero fall foul of these machinations? Will Beatrice and Benedick stop bickering and fall in love? Find out in this fast-paced, physical and funny new production. All performances are in the open-air and will continue in all weather, with the exception of a full-blown tempest. Please feel free to bring a picnic and something to sit on.

Admission: Prices vary

01799 524 002

18 July

3pm and 7.30pm

Two Gentlemen of Verona

Willow Cottage Theatre, Romford RM4 1HR

Southend Shakespeare Company present Two Gentlemen of Verona, Shakespeare’s play in a Hollywood setting. A starry production for a summer’s day!

Admission: £8.50 on the day 
and children £5

www.southendshakespeare.org.uk

19 July

Gloriana

Layer Marney Tower
Layer Marney
Near Colchester 
C05 9US

Enjoy music and song from the reign of Elizabeth I, with a royal visit performance finale. This is an event not to be missed at this spectacular tower.

Admission: Adults £7, children £4.50 and families £20

01206 330 784

23 July

6.30pm

Treasure Island

Bridge End Garden, 
Saffron Walden CB10 1BD

Ahoy there landlubbers! Don’t ye be missin’ this tale of treasure and treachery on the high seas. Join Jim Hawkins as he spins his yarn of plotting pirates and potty parrots. Featuring a cast of just three actors playing all the characters, this unforgettable show from the critically-acclaimed Pantaloons Theatre Company will thrill adventure-seekers of all ages. All performances are in the open-air and will continue whatever the weather (within reason). Please bring a picnic 
and something to sit on.

Admission: Prices vary

01799 524 002

24 July

6pm-8pm

Robin Hood the Musical

Marks Hall, Coggeshall CO6 1TG

Marks Hall is delighted to have the Cambridge Touring Theatre back with a swashbuckling family favourite Robin Hood the Musical performed with the usual zest and energy!

Admission: Prices vary and booking is essential

www.markshall.org.uk

26 July

6pm

Pride and Prejudice

Hedingham Castle, Castle Hedingham, Halstead CO9 3DJ

The wonderful Pantaloons are back with their take on Jane Austen’s classic story. It is a truth universally acknowledged that Jane Austen’s witty and romantic masterpiece is one of the best-loved stories of all time, dealing with the most important questions in life. Will Mrs Bennet manage to offload her numerous daughters in record time? Will Lizzy and Darcy actually get together? The literary classic gets the full Pantaloons treatment in this beautifully hilarious and delightfully innovative new adaptation. Please bring a picnic and something to sit on.

Admission: Adult £14, over 65s £12.50, under 18s £10, under fives free and family tickets £42

01787 460 261

9 August

6pm

Around the World 
in 80 Days

Hedingham Castle, Castle Hedingham, Halstead 
CO9 3DJ

Local theatre company, Boxtree, return with their fantastically entertaining interpretation of Jules Verne’s classic tale for all the family to enjoy.

Admission: Prices vary

01787 460 261

9 August

7pm

Treasure Island

Fingringhoe Wick 
Nature Reserve, 
Colchester 
CO5 7DN

Join Jim Hawkins as he spins his yarn of plotting pirates and potty parrots. Featuring a cast of just three actors playing all the characters, this unforgettable show from the critically-acclaimed Pantaloons Theatre Company will thrill adventure-seekers of all ages. All performances are in the open-air and will continue in all weather. Please bring a picnic and something to sit on.

Admission: Prices vary

01206 729 678

16 August

Wind in the Willows

Hedingham Castle
Castle Hedingham
Halstead 
CO9 3DJ

Join Mole as he abandons his spring-cleaning for the riverbank and stumbles into an adventure with Mr Toad and friends. Mr Toad has an obsession for the fast chaotic life and it’s left to his friends to save him from himself, battle against the weasels and save Mr Toad’s beloved Toad Hall. Also expect delicious refreshments including cold tongue, ham, beef, pickled onions, salad, French bread, ginger beer and much more.

Admission: Prices vary

01787 460 261

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