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Outdoor Theatre 2020

At the moment it looks, sadly, as though all performances will be cancelled due to coronavirus. For more information visit

Come and enjoy some more really great theatre productions this summer at Hartland Abbey.  Set against the backdrop of this historic house the 2020 productions promise to keep theatregoers of all ages and tastes entertained with some fantastic productions from our favourite travelling theatre companies. It is a perfect reason to get together with family and friends, bring rugs or picnic chairs and enjoy a spectacular afternoon’s entertainment or 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 our popular Pimms and Wine bar with local cider, beer and soft drinks too. This year we are delighted to have Sam and Amy Lythgoe-Jones back again to provide us with more delicious barbecues as they did last summer with local meat (and veggie) at every performance so there is no need to bring a picnic unless you would like to. (Their barbecues are THE BEST!!)

We have some really exciting productions to look forward to this year – further details and images will appear when we receive them from the theatre companies. All thanks to Richard Wolfenden Brown of the Plough Arts Centre who chooses such spectacular shows for us each year!


Date Company Production Ticket Price
Wednesday 29th July 5pm Box Tree Productions


‘Alice in Wonderland’ (plus drama workshop 3 – 4.30pm 6-11 year olds £5) £13/10
Monday 3rd August 5pm Heartbreak Productions ‘Mr Stink’ by David Walliams (plus drama workshop 3 – 4.30pm 6-11 year olds £5) £13/10
Wednesday 5th August 5pm Heartbreak Productions ‘Wonder with Grimm’ (plus drama workshop 3 – 4.30pm 7-11 year olds £5)

a family-friendly drama based on the Grimm fairy tales and brought up to date for a contemporary audience. Puppets, music and interaction integrated into a story that will end happily ever after! 7yrs+




Thursday 13th August 6pm Festival Players


‘Henry V’ by William Shakespeare £13/10


 Sunday 16th August 6pm Illyria ‘H.M.S. Pinafore’ by Gilbert and Sullivan £15/13
Thursday 20th August 5pm Illyria


‘The Further Adventures of Dr. Dolittle’ (plus drama workshop 3 – 4.30pm 6-11 year olds £5) £13/10

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.