Now that we’re finally enjoying the heat wave we’ve been promised, what could be better than kicking back with a big screen blockbuster under the stars? Or a theatre production in the grounds of a gorgeous estate? Here’s our Michael Graham guide to the best outdoor cinema screenings and theatre productions in and around our region:
Written by Lisa Proffitt | 5th July 2019
Outdoor cinemas & theatres in the Michael Graham region
Outdoor cinema company Luna Flix covers 14 venues across Northamptonshire and returns to Kettering's Boughton House and Corby's Rockingham Castle for 2019, as well as new venues including Castle Ashby Gardens, Rushden Hall Park and our personal favourite here at Michael Graham, Sywell Aerodrome for Tom Cruise fighter pilot classic Top Gun on Friday 12th July. Screenings run on weekends until September so check out the Luna Flix Facebook page for all the details and booking information you need.
Whether you prefer the setting of a traditional village pub or a stately home. Sundown Cinema has outdoor screens at some stunning locations around Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire. Country house estates Ashridge House, Putteridge Bury, Luton Hoo and The Cricketers pub in Weston are just some of the venues for screenings of movies from Bohemian Rhapsody and A Star is Born to Dirty Dancing and Grease. Fans of Steven Spielberg’s 1990s juggernaut of a movie Jurassic Park can have the wits scared out of them all over again at The Paddock in Watlington, Oxfordshire on July 27th. At the time of its release it was the highest grossing film ever. Go along and see why.
Wycombe Museum in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire is putting on open air cinema in partnership with Cinemas4Fun this year and if you forget to pack a picnic, hotdogs, popcorn and a bar are all available. Why not enjoy a nostalgic evening with Harrison Ford in Back to the Future on Friday 28th July?
Elsewhere in the county, Peterley Manor Farm in Great Missenden is showing Mamma Mia 2 on Friday 26th July and Mary Poppins Returns on Saturday 27th July.
If you’re more of a theatre aficionado, you can also enjoy some fabulous productions al fresco this year.
Europe’s first pop-up Shakespeare theatre arrives at Blenheim Palace for summer 2019. Four of the bard’s most popular plays, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Richard III and Romeo & Juliet will be staged in the 13-sided scaffolding theatre, with three tiers of covered seating and an open courtyard. In the interval, wander into the Shakespearean Village for local ales, ice cream and side shows. Booking from 8th July to 7th September.
Theatre at a National Trust property never fails to disappoint and Waddesdon Manor's stunning gardens are the backdrop for The Lord Chamberlain’s Men’s 15th summer of performing Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, this year on the 20th July. Also in Bucks, West Wycombe Park, conceived as a pleasure palace in the 1740, is a fittingly elegant setting for Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice on Saturday 27th July and A Midsummer Night’s Dream on Wednesday 14thAugust.
It’s a little known fact that Leicestershire has one of the finest open air theatres in Europe. The Rutland Open Air Theatre in the grounds of Tolethorpe Hall has an all-weather canopy which offers theatregoers all the comfort of an indoor theatre in a magical outdoor setting. This summer, The Stamford Shakespeare Company are performing Shakespeare classics Twelfth Night and Julius Caesar, plus Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit. Booking until 31st August.
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