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Outdoor Film & Theatre

When summer comes along, many of Nottinghamshire's best-loved attractions play host to a variety of outdoor shows. Bring along a picnic blanket - and something delicious to eat - and watch classic Shakespeare plays, delightful comedies and fun-filled children's shows in the picturesque grounds of historic houses and country parks.

There is also an opportunity to see popular films underneath the stars during the summer months.

Performances will be taking place around the county until September. Here's our round-up of some of the highlights.

Nottingham Castle

The immaculate formal gardens at Nottingham Castle make it the perfect spot to sit and enjoy an outdoor performance. This year's programme includes Sherlock Holmes, Macbeth, Peter Pan and Wuthering Heights. For more details click here.

Nottingham Castle

Newstead Abbey

Newstead Abbey, the ancestral home of Lord Byron, will host a number of outdoor productions including Danny the Champion of the World, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Sense and Sensibility. Further details are available here.

Newstead Abbey

Wollaton Hall 

Wollaton will host four outdoor productions - The Importance of Being Earnest, Gulliver's Travels, Wuthering Heights and Ratburger. To find out more, including how to buy tickets, click here.

The Summer Nights outdoor film festival also takes place in August, with screenings of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Mad Max: Fury Road, Robin Hood:Prince of Thieves and of course, Batman: The Dark Knight Rises, which was filmed at Wollaton.

Thoresby Courtyard

Thoresby Courtyard is an imaginatively converted of a Grade 1 listed building that sits adjacent to Victorian Mansion Thoresby Hall.

From 13th-16th June, the special venue will host The Clumber Player's perfomance of classic Shakespeare comedy Twelfth Night.

Langar Hall

This summer The Festival Players Touring Theatre Company will be bringing an afternoon production of Shakespeare's Hamlet on Sunday 7th August. Further details, including how to obtain tickets, are available here.

Holme Pierrepont

Touring theatre company The Festival Players will be bringing Shakespeare's Hamlet to life in the stunning grounds of Holme Pierrepont Hall.  Further details can be found here.

Archbishops Palace

Watch classic films in the gardens of the Archbishop’s Palace in Southwell this September. Disney's Hunchback of Notre Dame wil be shown on the first night and the second screening will be decided by a public vote from a choice of Dirty Dancing, Romeo & Juliet starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Grease, Finding Nemo, Les Miserables and the newly released Jungle Book. Find out more and vote here.

Hardwick Hall

Summer Nights is making a return to Hardwick Hall giving film fans the chance to watch classic films under the stars. Watch Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore in Ghost and the latest Bond film. Spectre in  August. Details, including how to buy tickets can be found here.

For more information about all summer events, including outdoor theatre, pop into the Nottingham Tourism Centre or call 08444 77 5678. Make sure you check out the What's On section of our website for further summer inspiration.

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