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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
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
Thurs 27 July 7pm The Pantaloons Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare £13/11/9
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
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
Wed 23 Aug 7pm Illyria The Mikado by Gilbert and Sullivan £15/13/9
Mon 28 Aug 5pm The Festival Players The Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare £13/11/9

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.


Please contact the Plough booking office direct on 01805 624624 or online via:

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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.