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Outdoor Theatre Performances 2019

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 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 in 2018 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
Sunday 23rd June 7pm Hotbuckle Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte £13/10
Wed 31st July 5pm Illyria Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves

PLUS Drama Workshop (6-11 yrs) 3-4.30pm


£5 with Sophie & Gabby

Fri 2nd August 5pm Box Tree Productions The Legend of King Arthur

PLUS Drama Workshop (6-11 yrs) 3 – 4.30pm


£5 with Sophie & Gabby

Mon 5th August 5pm Heartbreak Productions Gangster Granny by David Walliams

PLUS Drama Workshop 3 – 4.30pm


£5 with Sophie & Gabby

Thurs 15th August 7pm The Festival Players |Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare £13/10
Thurs 22nd August 7pm Illyria Frankenstein £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.