Outdoor Live Theatre
Opera Holland Park: The Pirates Return
2 Aug, 4pm
Reduced and relaxed performance of Gilbert and Sullivan’s model of a comic British opera, The Pirates of Penzance. Grab some socially distanced floor cushions for your bubble, and join in the fun as the pirates, their sweethearts, some disgruntled policemen and a very modern Major General perform on the site where the theatre normally stands.
Tickets: £5 children, £10 adults. Click here to book.
Regent's Park Open Air Theatre: Jesus Christ Superstar, the Concert
14 Aug–26 Sept
Specially adapted concert version of the smash hit show performs to socially distanced outside audience of 390 seats (down from 1,256). We ADORED the original so will defo be booking this one. Ages 10+.
The first six shows are sold out but there is availability from 19 Aug. Tickets:£25–£65. Click here to book.
25 July–5 Sept
The wonderful Barn Theatre in Cirencester is staging a summer festival of performance al fresco at the Ingleside Gardens next to the theatre. Gifford Circus' Tweedy the Clown is first up until 1 Aug. Other highlights during August include The Wind in the Willows, The Emperor's New Clothes, Private Peaceful, The Adventures of Doctor Doolittle and A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Plan a couple of days in the Cotswolds!
Click here for full programme.
Scoot Theatre: A Midsummer Night's Dream
24–30 Aug, various venues
Coming to BarnFest at the end of Aug, we love the sound of new theatre company Scoot that is taking their family-friendly production of The Dream round cricket clubs in Surrey and South London throughout the last week of Aug. Bring a picnic blanket and enjoy the hospitality of your local cricket club and 60 minutes of the Bard's summer delight. Ages 5-105.
Tickets: £10 adults, £8 children. www.cricketdream.org
Greenwich & Docklands Festival: GET HAPPY
29, 30 Aug, 12 Sept. Various locations.
Told by an Idiot brings its international hit family show Get Happy to outdoor audiences as part of Greenwich & Docklands International Festival, including performances at a basketball court and on an island. A highly visual and delightfully random sketch show for young children to share with their friends and families.
Tickets are free but must be booked in advance. Booking opens 6 Aug on festival.org
Telling Tales @ Globe Theatre
In place of their wonderful annual festival, this year the Globe is running a brilliant programme of workshops for a variety of different age groups. They are run on a Zoom format and run throughout August. There are workshops on specific plays and last for an hour with a maximum of 15 households attending. It promises to be super fun. To book and for more information click here.
Madame Kalamazoo's Magical Mail at the National Theatre.
The National has launched an online story service that will create customised interactive adventures for children around the UK. Madame Kalamazoo’s Magical Mail is designed as an escapist treat for primary school pupils over the summer holidays.
Parents and guardians need to register online and then the children will recieve an email from Madame Kalamazoo with 19 stories in total, all personalised with the children themselves as the heroes of the story and the adventures are set in their own homes. They are aiming for this to be 'an act of collective storytelling with other children across the country.'
Click here to get started.
The Little Angel Theatre
From the makers of Angelo and The Adventures of Curious Ganz, the latest online puppetry performance The Little Fish is available to watch now. Click here to watch. 15 minutes of adorable magic.
Emily Turner, 29 July