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Outdoor 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 Gilbert and Sullivan operas 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 August. Here's our round-up of some of the best.

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 Macbeth, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Peter Pan and a traditional interpretation of the Robin Hood story. For a full list of what's on at the castle click here.

Nottingham Castle

Newstead Abbey

Newstead Abbey, the ancestral home of Lord Byron, will host a number of outdoor productions including Romeo and Juliet, The Pirates of Penzance as well as the children's classic George's Marvellous Medicine. Find out what else is coming up here.

Newstead Abbey

Wollaton Hall 

With its elaborate towers and turrets, there is no better setting than Wollaton Park to watch a performance of the mysterious love story Wuthering Heights. More information on what's on can be found here.

The Summer Nights outdoor film festival also takes place in August, with screenings of Gravity and Grease. There will also be an opportunity to see the latest Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises, which was filmed at Wollaton.

Langar Hall

This summer The Festival Players Touring Theatre Company will be bringing a production of Shakespeare's Macbeth to Langar Hall on 10th August. Further details, including how to obtain tickets, are available here.

Clumber Park

The idyllic grounds of Clumber Park will form the perfect backdrop to a series of out door performances which include A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Pirates of Penzance and George's Marvellous Medicine. For details click here.  

Kelham Hall

Chapterhouse Outdoor Theatre Group will be performing Jungle Book and Sense and Sensability in the grounds of Kelham Hall near Newark. Further details on the performances can be found here.

Hardwick Hall

Summer Nights is making a return to Hardwick Hall giving film fans the chance to watch classic films under the stars - and enjoy the famous Hardwick barbecue!

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

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