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Open-air music and theatre this summer

PUBLISHED: 11:21 23 May 2013 | UPDATED: 10:31 30 May 2013

Open-Air Music and Theatre

Open-Air Music and Theatre

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Summer Concerts 2013

Audley End

Saffron Walden

Essex

CB11 4JF

Audley End House and Gardens is set for another sensational summer of musical entertainment with four knockout shows taking place in August. Saturday, August 3 sees The Greatest 80s Party…Ever come to town with stars including Kim Wilde, ABC, Go West, Imagination, Odyssey, Cutting Crew and Sonia reproducing the magic of the 1980s. On Sunday, August 4 Michael Ball Sings the Musicals, performing with the British Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Callum McLeod. Ronan Keating headlines on Saturday, August 10, supported by American actress and singer songwriter Elizabeth McGovern’s band Sadie and the Hotheads as well as fantastic local artist Joanna Eden. Finally, on Sunday, August 11, Katherine Jenkins brings her sensational sound to Audley End, accompanied by The National Symphony Orchestra, and a very special guest yet to be confirmed.

Enjoy the show

For tickets or to find out more about any of these performances, visit www.audleyendconcerts.com

June at the House

Wivenhoe House

Wivenhoe Park

Colchester

Essex

CO4 3SQ

A brand new summer season of events has been launched at Wivenhoe House, held in an elegant marquee in the landscaped gardens that surround this magnificently restored four star country house hotel. Rock at the House kicks off proceedings on Saturday, June 22 with the headline act of Hugh Cornwell, the original guitarist, singer and main songwriter in The Stranglers. There is a glittering parade of folk favourites on Sunday, June 23 supporting Show of Hands, who won the Best Duo and Best Original Song in the 2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Nancy Kerr and James Fagan, one of the most established and respected duos on the scene, share the bill with Eleanor McEvoy and Colvin Quarmby alongside a host of other acclaimed artists.

Cricket fans should make a diary date for Sunday, June 30 when Blofeld and Baxter, aka Henry Blofeld and his commentary box partner Peter Baxter, will be entertaining the audience with tales from Test Match Special. The season culminates on July 1 with a professional performance of Oscar Wilde’s Lady Windermere’s Fan.

Enjoy the Show

Wivenhoe House remains open during the events for accommodation and dining. There will be additional catering options during the events including extended afternoon tea and pre-show dining in the contemporary brasserie. For booking details and further information on the season, visit www.wivenhoehouse.co.uk/juneatwivenhoehouse or call 01206 874714

Fling Festival

Chelmsford’s Central Park, Bell Meadow and Sky Blue Pasture

The Fling Festival of Assorted Amusements returns to Chelmsford on Saturday, July 6. The Fling offers an intriguing alternative to the usual night out and alongside playful activities, stars a fabulous cast of professional artistes and Chelmsford talent who will explore, seduce and surprise your senses through performances, sideshows, poetry, a huge silent disco and much more. The Fling is about the magnitude of small wonders you’ll discover rather than headline acts, but there are live performances by The Correspondents, one of the top attractions of the music festival scene.

Enjoy the show

Tickets start from £15 for adults and are available from the Chelmsford Theatre Box Office, by phone on 01245 606505 or at www.chelmsford.gov.uk/fling

Treasure Island

Venues across Essex

Cambridge Touring Theatre takes families on a merry romp to far-away oceans this summer with its swashbuckling musical version of Treasure Island. This all new adaptation follows the adventures of two young heroes - Jim and Ruth - as they find a treasure map and set sail under the guidance of pirate, Long John Silver. Along the way they’ll learn important lessons about loyalty and friendship - and discover whether pirates can be trusted!

Enjoy the show

Prices vary for the following performances in Essex.

August 27

Hylands House, Chelmsford

01245 605555

August 23

Marks Hall Gardens and Arboretum, Coggeshall

01376 563796

Stanley Hall Opera

Stanley Hall

Halstead

Essex

CO9 2LY

2013 marks the 12th year of the Stanley Hall Opera, with a wonderful concert given by Dame Felicity Lott and Friends on Sunday, June 23 featuring a mix of arias and ensembles from opera and musical theatre, from Mozart to Noel Coward and Rossini to Cole Porter. Guests are invited to arrive from 11am onwards to set up their picnics and walk round the garden to view the sculpture exhibition by Kate Denton. The concert will begin at 12.45pm and there will be a 90 minute break for lunch at 1.30pm before the concert resumes at 3pm.

Enjoy the show

Tickets are priced at £45 and £35. For more information, visit www.stanleyhall.co.uk or call 01787 222 619

Stanley Hall Shakespeare

Stanley Hall

Halstead

Essex

CO9 2LY

The Lord Chamberlain’s Men perform Shakespeare’s comedy ‘As you like it’ on Friday, June 21at 7.30pm. These outdoor theatre productions are incredibly dramatic, uniquely musical and very engaging and this will be the eighth year The Lord Chamberlain’s Men have performed at Stanley Hall.

Enjoy the show

Tickets are £15 for adults and £10 for children. For more information, visit www.stanleyhall.co.uk or call 01787 222 619

Fake Festivals

Garon Park

Southend on Sea

The Fake Festivals tour is back for 2013 with Southend on Sea’s Garon Park joining in the fun for the very first time on Saturday, August 31. Now in its seventh year, the Fake Festivals tour brings performances from some of the best and internationally-acclaimed tribute bands in the world, including Coldplay, Foo Fighters and Oasis – aka Coldplace, Four Fighters and Oasish.

Enjoy the show

For further information about the Fake Festival Tour in Southend, visit www.fakefestivals.co.uk

Music with

Jackie Pittman

Chelmsford and Ingatestone

Enjoy the fabulous sounds of the West End brought to Essex in this series of two sensational concerts featuring the talented Jackie Pittman. This month, there is a performance at Hylands House in Chelmsford June 2 with an evening of West End and Classical favourites and then Ingatestone Hall hosts an open air concert featuring an eclectic mix of music in the beautiful gardens on August 25.

Enjoy the show

For details of each concert and information on how to book, visit www.jackiepittmansings.co.uk

Summer Evening Jazz

Ingatestone Hall

Hall Lane

Ingatestone

Essex

CM4 9NR

On July 6, the Rotary Club of Ingatestone holds its 17th Summer Evening Jazz in the grounds of Ingatestone Hall. Originally run by the former Shenfield and Hutton Rotary Club, with the support of sponsors and ticket sales, this popular event has amassed more than £131,789 from the previous 16 years.

The continued generosity of Lord Petre allows approximately 1,000 of the paying public to enjoy the beautiful setting of Ingatestone Hall. Every year people bring their families and their picnics, and settle down to listen to an evening of classic New Orleans jazz, provided by the Frog Island Jazz Band and Bob Dwyer’s Hot Seven. This year there is also a licensed bar run by Brentwood Brewing Company with real ales on tap, so no need to bring your own drinks. Another highlight is the Umbrella Parade which simulates a New Orleans wake procession, with the bands leading the ‘mourners’ with their gaily decorated umbrellas around the Hall gardens.

Enjoy the show

Gates open at 5.45pm and the concert begins at 6.15pm. Accompanied children under 17 are admitted free, and there is free car parking. Admission is £13 by ticket and £15 at the gate (if available). You can book tickets in advance at www.summereveningjazz.co.uk or call 01277 350800

The Wind in the Willows

Hedingham Castle

Bayley Street

Castle Hedingham

Essex

CO9 3DJ

Chapterhouse Theatre Company brings its latest production of The wind in the Willows to Hedingham Castle on August 4. What better setting for this classic tale of adventures in the English countryside than the magnificent backdrop of Hedingham Castle and its stunning landscape? This is your chance to bring a picnic, sit back and enjoy a fantastic and atmospheric performance.

Enjoy the show

The performance of The Wind in the Willows begins at 6pm. For more details or to book, visit www.hedinghamcastle.co.uk or call 01787 460261 between 9am and 5.30pm Monday to Friday.

King Lear

Hedingham Castle

Bayley Street

Castle Hedingham

Essex

CO9 3DJ

Shakespeare’s Globe on Tour theatre company presents King Lear on Saturday, July 6 and Sunday, July 7.

Performed in front of the Norman Keep, this production creates a most romantic setting for what is considered to be one of Shakespeare’s most moving of his great tragedies.

Enjoy the show

For more details or to book, visit www.hedinghamcastle.co.uk or call 01787 460261 between 9am and 5.30pm Monday to Friday.

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