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2018 Hartland Abbey Open Air Theatre Season in conjunction with The Plough Arts Centre

Come and enjoy some really fabulous theatre productions this summer at Hartland Abbey.  Set against the backdrop of this historic house, so deeply steeped in the history of North Devon, this year’s 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. 

As soon as we receive more details of the productions from the theatre companies themselves we will publish them.


Date Company Production Ticket Price
Sun 24 June 7pm Hotbuckle  ‘Wuthering Heights’ by Emily Bronte £13/10

Wed 8 July 7pm




‘The Pirates of Penzance’ by Gilbert and Sullivan




Fri 10 August 5pm




‘Dr.Dolittle’ by Hugh Lofting (5yrs+)plus Drama Workshop 6 – 11 yrs (3-4.30pm)






Wed 15 August 5pm



Heartbreak Productions



‘The Midnight Gang’ by David Walliams




    plus Drama Workshop 6 – 11 yrs (3-4.30pm)  £5
  Thurs 23 Aug 7.30pm Illyria  

‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’ by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 


Mon 27 Aug 5pm


The Festival Players 


‘The Winter’s Tale’ by William Shakespeare 




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.