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12 open air performances in Dorset - July 2016

PUBLISHED: 15:12 20 June 2016 | UPDATED: 15:12 20 June 2016

Hamlet is performed in the grounds of Shaftesbury Abbey

Hamlet is performed in the grounds of Shaftesbury Abbey


Helen Stiles rounds up her pick of open air performances happening around Dorset this July

Hamlet - 1 July

The Festival Players Theatre Company, an all­male company, performs Shakespeare’s play in the grounds of Shaftesbury Abbey.

Hay Fever - 3 & 10 July

The Wessex Actors Company perform Noel Coward’s fabulous frothy farce indoors and out. 3 July: Upton Country House; 10 July: Wareham Swans Rugby Club - both at 6pm. Also 8 July at Regent, Christchurch (indoor) 01202 499199.

The Barber of Seville - 10 July

The Garden Opera Company brings Rossini’s comic masterpiece to Marshwood Manor in Bettiscombe. Live chamber orchestra, tapas and sangria tent. Gates open 4pm, performance 6pm,

01308 424901 or

Midsummer Night’s Dream - 12 & 13 July

Magic and mischief feature in this performance by Illyria on 12 July at Castle Gardens, Sherborne (tickets from garden centre or and on 13 July in the gardens at Kingston Lacy.

0844 249 1895

Life’s A Dream - 15 July

Maumbury Rings, near Dorchester, provides the stunning setting for Miracle Theatre’s epic tale of love, war and destiny.

01305 266926

Shakespeare in the Garden - 15 July

Amateur Players of Sherborne perform scenes, speeches and music from the Bard in the Paddock Garden, Newland, Sherborne. Starts 7.30pm.

Tickets: E B Marsh or Winstone’s Bookshop

Ballet Under the Stars - 15 & 17 July

Hatch House, just over the border in Wiltshire, hosts dancers from the Royal Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, English National Ballet and Bejart Ballet.

The Tempest of Lyme - 16 – 24 July

Performance at Theatre Square, Lyme Regis which blends Shakespeare’s play with the true story of local naval hero George Somers, whose shipwreck allegedly inspired The Tempest. or 01297 442138

Much Ado About Nothing - 19 – 30 July

Bournemouth Shakespeare Players performance in Priory House Gardens, Quay Road, Christchurch. (No performances 24 or 25 July). or 01202 534776

Tess of the D’Urbervilles - 21 July & 22 – 23 July

SISATA Open Air Theatre Group perform Hardy’s tragic tale on Pentridge Village Green (21 July) which is Tantridge in the novel and at Hardy’s Dorchester home Max Gate (22 – 23 July) where the novel was written. Starts 6.30pm.

Two Gentleman of Verona - 27 July – 12 August

Brownsea Open Air Theatre performs Shakespeare’s comedy about friendship and infidelity on this beautiful island in Poole harbour.


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