10 of the best open air productions in Berkshire - summer 2015

PUBLISHED: 10:29 15 June 2015

Will Beatrice and Benedick sought out their differences in Much Ado About Nothing at Dunsden?

Will Beatrice and Benedick sought out their differences in Much Ado About Nothing at Dunsden?

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Summer’s here and over the next three months you can fill afternoons and evenings with picnics, champagne and fun-filled entertainment 
at open air productions

Much Ado About Nothing - 19 July, time TBC

Dunsden Village Hall, near Reading

It’s Pantaloons’ take on Shakespeare’s comedy of masks, music and mistaken identities. The boys are back from war and it’s time to celebrate - but villainous Don John decides to spoil everyone’s fun. For booking see www.thepantaloons.co.uk.

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The Merry Wives of Windsor - 15 to 25 July

Caversham Court Gardens

Shakespeare’s bawdy comic romp follows Sir John Falstaff as he attempts to woo, swindle and cheat two irrepressible wives. But he finds himself no match for their cunning, as they heap humiliation upon humiliation on him. Meanwhile, a blundering husband tries to catch Falstaff in the act of seducing his wife, and daughter Anne bids to outwit her parents to marry the man she loves. Keep an eye on www.progresstheatre.co.uk for ticket prices and to book. Or call 01183 842169 once prices are announced.

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Tosca - 24 July, 7.30pm

Stubbings, Maidenhead

Puccini’s operatic melodrama is set in Rome as the Kingdom of Naples is threatened by Napoleon’s invasion of Italy. Enjoy all the arias and drama in this production brought to the stage by Opera Brava. Tickets £45, children £15, call the box office on 01628 825454, www.stubbingsnursery.co.uk.

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Rigoletto - 25 July, 7.30pm

Stubbings, Maidenhead

Opera Brava turn their attention to Verdi’s masterpiece, the tragic story of a curse placed on a duke and his court jester by a courtier whose daughter has been seduced by the noble. Tickets £45, children £15, call the box office on 01628 825454, www.stubbingsnursery.co.uk.

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Twelfth Night - 28 July, 7.30pm

South Hill Park Grounds, Bracknell

This re-working of one of Shakespeare’s finest plays, with themes of love, mistaken identity and the uncertainty of gender, is sure to please audiences of all ages. Tickets cost £13 for adults, £7 for children and £11 for concessions and members. Book at www.southhillpark.org.uk or call 01344 484123.

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The Wind in the Willows - 28 July, 2pm

South Hill Park Grounds, Bracknell

London Contemporary Theatre perform this show. Everyone from four years old and up can join Mole as he stumbles into an adventure with Mr Toad. Tickets cost £12 adults, £11 members and concessions, and £9 for children. Book at www.southhillpark.org.uk or call 01344 282123.

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Pride & Prejudice - 27 August, 7pm

Knowl Hill Common

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 offload her daughters in record time? Will Lizzy and Darcy get together? Will creepy Mr Collins just go away? This classic gets the full hilarious Pantaloons treatment in an innovative new adaptation. To book, call 01296 653226 or visit www.thepantaloons.co.uk

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Alice in Wonderland - 13 to 23 August, midday (4pm 15th only)

South Hill Park Grounds, Bracknell

Become part of the Mad Hatter’s tea party, meet all the colourful characters from Lewis Carroll’s extraordinary adventure story and enjoy storytelling, live music and spectacle. Sing along with the March Hare, follow Alice as she heads down the rabbit hole and dodge the Queen of Hearts as you play croquet on SHP’s magnificent lawns. Tickets, including a picnic, cost £25 for adults, £21 concessions, £20 members, £19 for children and £65 for a family ticket. Tickets without a picnic are £16, £14, £13, £12 and £45 respectively. Book at www.southhillpark.org.uk.

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The Sorcerer’s Apprentice - 27 and 28 August, 2.30pm

Cliveden, near Maidenhead

Children’s Outdoor Theatre are staging this performance and there’s plenty for the adults to enjoy, too. Tickets are £14 for grown ups and £10 for children. Also at Cliveden, on Saturday, 29 see The Three Musketeers at 6pm. Last but not least, on Saturday, 5 September, Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night will be staged. Tickets cost £16.50 for adults and £10 for children. Call 0844 249 1895.

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Taming of the Shrew - 30 August, 7pm

Shaw House, Newbury

Everyone wants to wed the lovely Bianca and no one wants to wed her evil-tongued older sister Kate. Their father won’t let anyone near Bianca until a husband is found for Kate. It seems nobody is willing to take on the challenge, until Petruchio arrives in town. This is Illyria’s production of Shakespeare’s battle of the sexes comedy. Tickets are £15 for adults and £8 for children. Call 01635 279279.

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