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Open Air Theatre Returns to Shrewsbury Castle
01 Jun 2023

Summer Nights in the castle grounds - bring a picnic!

Following a run of sell-out performances last year, Theatre Severn have unveiled plans for an extensive open-air theatre season at Shrewsbury Castle this summer. 

Audiences are encouraged to bring blankets, cushions, camping chairs and a picnic, whilst being entertained by a wonderful line-up of live performances this July and August. The warm sandstone backdrop of the castle walls and Thomas Telford's beautifully landscaped grounds makes a perfect arena for an eclectic lineup. 

On Sunday, July 23, Once Upon a Party present Princess Picnic in the Castle. Children are invited to join Princess Beauty, The Snow Queen and The Tower Princess for songs, dances, and plenty of photo opportunities in the beautiful surroundings of Shrewsbury Castle grounds.  

Robin Hood

Get ready for ultimate British theatrical experience as The Three Inch Fools return with legendary folktale Robin Hood on Thursday, July 27. Expect plenty of music, comedy and many a quick costume change in a summer production fit for all the family.

The Lord Chamberlain’s Men return once again with William Shakespeare’s ill-fated love story Romeo and Juliet, just as Shakespeare himself first saw it performed, in the open air, by an all-male cast with Elizabethan costumes. There are two performances this year, due to demand, on Tuesday and Wednesday August 1 & 2. 

Immersion Theatre return with a brand-new adaptation of The Wizard of Oz and Twelfth Night. The Wizard of Oz takes place on Thursday, August 10, and promises a magical performance with audience participation and dazzling costumes. Twelfth Night follows on Sunday, August 13, where audiences can expect a laugh-a-minute adaptation of Shakespeare’s riotous comedy. 

On Thursday, August 17, Quantum Theatre perform Kenneth Grahame’s family favourite The Wind in the Willows. Join Mole, Ratty and Badger on their mad-cap adventures in this heart-warming tale of friendship, mishap, and mayhem. 

To round off the summer programme, founder member of Fairport Convention, Iain Matthews performs a special open-air gig on Sunday, August 20, playing songs from across his career to enthral fans of contemporary singer/songwriter and folk styles.

Theatre Severn’s Marketing and Communications Manager Craig Reeves said, “Following the huge success of outdoor theatre and comedy last summer, we’re really excited to bring audiences another fantastic season of open-air events to Shrewsbury Castle. We are expecting huge demand for tickets so early booking is essential. We will also be announcing more live theatre and comedy events soon.”

Tickets for open-air theatre events at Shrewsbury Castle are on sale now and can be booked online at theatresevern.co.uk or by telephone (01743 281281).

Pictured below: The Lord Chamberlain's Men will be back at Shrewsbury Castle this summer with Romeo & Juliet

The Lord Chamberlain's Men at Shrewsbury Castle