Lichfield’s summer of outdoor theatre starts this week

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Lichfield Garrick is staging a series of theatre productions in the cathedral city’s historic parks – with a varied programme suitable for all ages.

Whether your preference is Shakespeare, comedy or something for the younger members of the family, Lichfield Garrick has you covered with its exciting new programme of outdoor performances.

The shows get underway this month with a performance of Shakespeare’s The Tempest by celebrated theatre company The Pantaloons on Thursday, July 29. This premier performance will be held at Stowe Fields, with the stunning Lichfield Cathedral as the backdrop.  

The Pantaloons safely and successfully staged 70 socially distanced open-air performances in the summer of 2020 and are ready to perform once again, so get set for a voyage to an enchanted island full of adventure, romance, magic and monsters in Lichfield! 

A Midsummer Night's Dream.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Shows continue into August as the magic and adventures move to Beacon Park on Sunday, August 8. Families will laugh until their tummies hurt as Little Red Riding Hood and the Three Funky Pigs join Karate Granny on their afternoon adventures…but watch out for that cantankerous Mr Wolf who is always on the lookout for his next meal! 

This picturesque setting invites families to watch classic children’s characters being brought to life with a fabulous modern twist, packed with songs and fun for all the family. 

The fun continues in Beacon Park as Kick in The Head Productions perform their rip-roaring barrel of fun, Three Men in a Boat, with Giles Shenton playing the part of Jerome K Jerome.

Jerome recounts the hilarious story of his boating holiday along the magnificent River Thames with his two companions and Montmorency the dog. Come and join in the fun as Giles expertly takes the helm and pilots you through the much-loved and ridiculous tale of men behaving badly.

The Tempest.

The Tempest.

There will be another helping of Open-Air theatre on Sunday, August 22 in Beacon Park, which will provide the perfect setting for The Tales of Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny. 

Beatrix Potter’s classic characters will be brought to life by Quantum Theatre in a magical and enchanting production for the whole family, complete with live music. 

The line-up of shows will conclude on the evening of August 22 when an outdoor production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is brought to life by family favourites Quantum Theatre in their wonderfully funny and exuberant production of this Shakespeare classic. 

Audiences are invited to relax on their own seats or picnic blankets and watch the tale of magical fancy unfold as real life becomes unexpectedly tangled with the supernatural.  

These open spaces have plenty of space for families to bring picnic blankets or chairs and settle themselves in their own areas, safely and socially distanced from others for the performance. 

Ticket numbers for the shows are limited in accordance with social distancing requirements and are on sale now priced at £14 for adults and £12 for under 16s. You can purchase tickets online at or by calling the Box Office on 01543 412121.  Entrance is by ticket only and these must be purchased in advance from the Garrick box office or online. There will be no ticket sales on the day.


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