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**For all our Easter and Spring Flower Days please go to our ‘Events’ pull down menu for details of each individual event.**

Thank you to everyone who came to our events in 2016. We hope to welcome you back in 2017 for more fun at Hartland Abbey.

Thank you to Richard Wolfenden-Brown and the team at The Plough Arts Centre, Torrington for making our theatre events possible.

2017 HARTLAND ABBEY  OPEN-AIR THEATRE AND ARTS SEASON IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE PLOUGH ARTS CENTRE

Date Company Production Ticket Price
Sun 25 June 5pm Hotbuckle Far From The Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy £13/11/9
Sunday 8th July  Illyria A Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare 

£13/11/9
  In the bard’s shortest, funniest and most rumbustious comedy two sets of identical twins, separated at birth, unknowingly end up in the same city where more and more people are sucked into a vortex of mistaken identity….To cap it all, this year Illyria’s Shakespeare production is re-located to the town of Ephesus, Mexico, and is performed by their very own 5-piece Mariachi band, resplendent in ponchos and sombreros. Ay caramba!

High quality refreshments available from The Sweet Chilli Beef Company with vegetarian options.

Running time 120 minutes
 

Wed 26 July 5pm

 

Illyria

 

The Lost World by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (7yrs+)

 

£13/11/9

Plough Artists plus Family Arts Afternoon (2 – 4.30pm)  All £2.50
  Four intrepid explorers, led by the redoubtable Professor Challenger, travel to an uncharted plateau in South America following a few scant directions scribbled in a sketch book. Illyria has an unmatched reputation for innovation in open-air theatre, where they are the first company to tackle a show in this genre and of this scope. Prehistoric thrills, monster laughs and life-size dinosaurs abound in the must-see show of the summer!High quality refreshments available from The Sweet Chilli Beef Company with vegetarian options.

Plus Family Arts Afternoon  with Plough Artists (including Sophie Hatch)

 

Thurs 27 June 7pm

 

The Pantaloons

 

A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare

 

£13/11/9

  Midsummer night. An enchanted forest. Puck and his musical fairy band tell a tale of lovers, mechanicals, and magical mayhem. The critically-acclaimed Pantaloons present their innovative and hilarious open-air version of Shakespeare’s timeless comedy – told, as ever, in their own distinctive and anarchic style.High quality refreshments available from The Sweet Chilli Beef Company with vegetarian options.

Running time 120 minutes
 

Wed 2 Aug 5pm

 

Heartbreak

 

Billionaire Boy by David Walliams  

 

£13/11/9

Plough Artists plus Family Arts Afternoon (2 – 4.30pm)  All £2.50
   

Be a part of the fun this summer at Heartbreak’s outdoor adaptation of this charming David Walliams best selling children’s book. Come to the helicopter pad outside Bumfresh towers with your picnic, your seat, and your sense of adventure to hear the story of how Mr Spud made his millions and then lost it all, and how Joe became the richest boy in the world

High quality refreshments available from The Sweet Chilli Beef Company with vegetarian options.

Running time 120 minutes

Fri 11 Aug 5pm Illyria  

The Emperor’s New Clothes by Hans Christian Andersen(5yrs+)  

£13/11/9
(+ drama workshop 6-11yrs (3 – 4.30pm) All £5
   

Recommended for 5+

The Emperor is a lovely man, but he’s not the best judge of character. What keeps him sane is the monthly Grand Parade at which he wears his newest outfit.  When two swindlers offer him the ability to identify competence by making him clothes which only the wise can see, what price will he have to pay?  Will he end up losing his crown jewels?  When someone spins a yarn must everyone be taken in?

All will be revealed in Illyria’s cheekiest ever show!

Bring low back seating, blankets, picnics if desired. Refreshments available at all venues. Free entry to gardens 2 hrs before evening perfs (1hr before 5pm matinees)
Running time 120 minutes
 

Wed 23 Aug 7pm

 

Illyria

 

The Mikado by Gilbert and Sullivan

 

£15/13/9

  Recommended for 5yrs+

Following the runaway popularity of HMS Pinafore, Iolanthe and The Pirates of Penzance, Illyria returns with another romantic summer opera to leave you with a song in your heart.

High quality refreshments available from The Sweet Chilli Beef Company with vegetarian options.

Running time 120 minutes including a 20 min interval
 

Mon 28 Aug 5pm

 

The Festival Players

 

The Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare

 

£13/11/9

The roguish and foolish knight, Falstaff, schemes to woo two married women to get his hands on their husbands’ money, but the wiley Wives of Windsor are more than a match for him! The Festival Players Theatre bring you this hilarious and colourful comedy in an all-male, fast paced, costumed production – a summer feast of farce!

High quality refreshments available from The Sweet Chilli Beef Company with vegetarian options.

Running time 120 minutes

 

Make a whole day out visiting the Abbey, the gardens, the walks to the beach and the exhibitions, museum etc followed by a lovely evening watching one of the stunning performances. Stay overnight at nearby Hartland Quay to save driving home afterwards!                                   

Grounds open free to those attending performances 1 hour before start.

Bring rugs/low backed seating/picnics. Refreshments. Bar. Barbecue, Ice creams. Cream teas before 5pm shows.

BOOKING 

Please contact the Plough booking office direct on 01805 624624 or online via: www.theploughartscentre.org.uk

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Exhibitions 2017

William Stukeley – Saviour of Stonehenge. A fascinating insight into an antiquarian ancestor, famed for his work in recognising the ancient landscape of England. On show are the many aspects of his life including wonderful drawings of his finds. He went on to compose religious music and was absorbed by the traditions of the Druids.

We have two new exhibitions partially funded by the North Devon AONB. We thank them hugely to their support to these projects.

The History of the Hartland Abbey Estate is a small display in the restored old Housekeeper’s room which had previously been used as a junk store since the war! It is now a lovely exhibition space.

Filming on the Hartland Abbey Estate since 1934. Many images of film sets, actors and actresses from the past 82 years of filming on the estate, and the stories behind them, including ‘Water’ with Michael Caine and Billy Connolly,’ The Shout’ with Alan Bates, Susannah York, a very young John Hurt and an even younger Jim Broadbent, ‘Sense and Sensibility’ with Dan Stevens, David Morrissey and Dominic Cooper, and recently, ‘The Night Manager’ with Tom Hiddleston.

We always have a display of some of the documents from our archive along with an extensive range of photographs from the family albums.

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Outdoor Theatre
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William Stukeley Exhibition
William Stukeley Exhibition