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2017 Hartland Abbey Open Air Theatre Season in conjunction with The Plough Arts Centre

Set against the backdrop of this wonderful historic house, so deeply steeped in the history of North Devon, the 2017 productions promise to keep theatregoers of all ages and tastes well rewarded with some fantastic productions from different travelling theatre companies. It is a perfect reason to get together with family and friends, bring rugs or picnic chairs and enjoy a night under the stars! Many people make a longer day out visiting the fascinating house with its beautiful gardens and a leisurely lunch or tea in the Old Kitchens Tea Rooms before the performance begins. We will have a Bar and a delicious barbecue at every performance so there is no need to bring a picnic unless you would like to. 

Date Company Production Ticket Price
Sun 25 June 5pm Hotbuckle Far From The Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy £13/11/9
 

Sat 8 July 7pm

 

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 July 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 plus Family Arts Afternoon by Plough Artists (2 – 4.30pm All £2.50) Recommended for 7yrs+  

£13/11/9
   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

 

Grounds open free to those attending performances 1 hour before start of 5pm shows, 2 hours before 7pm shows.

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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“Plough Community Theatre created a surreal comedic air that gave a sense of a rural community in an isolated grip of madness….we became part of this insanity and had a jolly good laugh” Tony Glynn North Devon Journal (On ‘Lark Rise’ 2013).

Hartland Abbey is off the A39 between Bideford and Bude. Take B3248 through Hartland village towards Hartland Quay.

 

 

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