One of the highlights of the English summer season is the chance to enjoy outdoor entertainment in the glorious setting of a beautiful National Trust landscape.
This year, the curtain lifts on a vibrant season of outdoor theatre and live music at picture-postcard locations in Sussex. From cool jazz to stage adaptations of Bronte and Shakespeare, James Bond to cult films, there’s fun and excitement, drama and comedy to suit all ages.
The live entertainment and magnificent backdrop is provided, so just pack a picnic and a blanket and you’ve got all the ingredients for a perfect summer evening.
Show-stoppers in Sussex include:
Nymans – jazz in the garden
24 July, 6 – 8pm gates open 5pm for picnics, adults £12, children £6, book on 0844 249 1895
Fred Wood’s Big Band returns this summer. Enjoy a relaxed evening of jazz sounds set against the stunning backdrop of Nymans gardens. Bring a picnic and join in with some of the famous songs.
Nymans – Wuthering Heights
14 August, 6.30 – 8.30pm gates open at 5.30pm for picnics, adults £15, children £10, book on 0844 249 1895
Chapterhouse Theatre Company is proud to present Emily Bronte’s classic love story. This treasured tale of enduring love and passion has thrilled and entranced for generations and is now brought to life on stage in an adaptation by award winning writer Laura Turner.
Can Catherine and Heathcliff’s everlasting love bring happiness or will the very forces of nature and the moors tear them apart?
Nymans – Much Ado about Nothing
21 August, 6.30 – 8.30pm gates open at 5.30pm for picnics. adults £15, children £8, book on 0844 249 1895
In the year that marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, The Lord Chamberlain’s Men invite you to join them for Shakespeare’s sparkling, battle-of-the-sexes comedy, Much Ado About Nothing. Triumphant in battle, Don Pedro and his men return to Messina. The Governor, Leonato, toasts their success by throwing a masquerade ball where well-intentioned plots and evil schemes abound as enemies deceive lovers and friends trick friends in this lively summer comedy.
Watch this funny, moving and fast-paced production of one of Shakespeare’s best-loved comedies performed by an all-male cast, with Elizabethan costume, music and dance.
Sheffield Park and Garden – Outdoor cinema
Fri 12 & Sat 13 Aug, doors open 6.30pm, Adult £13, book on 01825 790231
Experience cinema under an open sky with exclusive screenings on the historic cricket pitch. See website for details.
Friday 12th Aug ‘The Innocents’ (12A)
Shot on location in the house and garden at Sheffield Park, this 1961 film is widely regarded as one of the best psychological thrillers of all time.
Saturday 13th August ‘Spectre’ (12A)
The twenty-fourth Bond blockbuster is jam-packed with action sequences and was a huge hit at the box office.
See www.summernightsfilm.co.uk for booking details