From this Tuesday (8th) to Sunday 20th August, you and all of the family can enjoy live, open-air theatre in the bandstand garden, Preston Park Museum. Why not pack a picnic and make the most of what’s left of summer?
Pride and Prejudice By Jane Austen – Friday 11 August – gates open at 5pm, 6pm start
In a social whirlwind of balls, dinners and very eligible officers, Lizzie Bennett and Fitzwilliam Darcy stand alone as the only sane people – and they hate each other! Or do they? Can she see beyond his pride, and can he overcome her prejudice, in order to achieve their mutual happiness? If your idea of Jane Austen is costume-drama, empire-lines and tea-parties, then this sparkling adaptation, based entirely on the original novel, is something to make you change your mind!
The Smartest Giant in Town by Julia Donaldson – Sunday 13th August – gates open at 5pm, 6pm start
George was the scruffiest giant in town. But one day, when he sees a shop stocking giant-size clothes, he decides it’s time to update his image. With smart clothes, George is a new man. However, as he journeys home, he meets various animals who desperately need his help. George’s kind heart and generosity take him on an adventure where he discovers that it’s not how you look that’s important but how you feel. Folksy’s musical adaptation of Julia Donaldson’s wonderful book will be filled with puppetry, colourful characters and songs, that will have you clapping and singing along!
Dogs Don’t Do Ballet by Anna Kemp – Tuesday 15th August – gates open at 2:45pm, 3:30pm start
A very funny story of a small dog with big dreams! Biff is not like ordinary dogs. He doesn’t do dog stuff like peeing on lampposts, scratching his fleas or drinking out of toilets. If you throw him a stick, he’ll just look at you like you’re crazy. No, Biff is no ordinary dog. Biff likes moonlight and music and walking on his tiptoes. You see, Biff doesn’t think he’s a dog, Biff thinks he’s a ballerina, which is all very well …But dogs don’t do ballet – do they? The hilarious story of a small dog with a big personality and even bigger dreams!
The Comedy Of Errors By William Shakespeare – Friday 18th August – gates open at 5pm, 6pm start
Shakespeare’s shortest, funniest and most rumbustious comedy. The Comedy of Errors tells the story of two sets of identical twins that were accidentally separated at birth and who unknowingly end up in the same city. When they encounter the friends and families of their twins, a series of wild mishaps based on mistaken identities lead to wrongful beatings, a near-seduction, the arrest of Antipholus of Ephesus, and false accusations of infidelity, theft, madness, and demonic possession.
The Lost World By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – Sunday 20th August – gates open at 5pm, 6pm start
Storytellers since before Homer have spun yarns about adventurers’ travels to strange lands and the monsters they meet there. But Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s version of the story transcends all previous versions because his adventurers were the first to bring the monsters back! He inspired the likes of King Kong, Godzilla, Alien and a host of other classic monster movies! Four intrepid explorers, led by the redoubtable Professor Challenger, travel to an uncharted plateau in South America following a few scant directions scribbled in a sketch book. They find flora and fauna beyond their wildest dreams, become involved in tribal warfare between ape-men and indigenous humans, and encounter terrifying dinosaurs previously believed to be extinct. But when their camera is destroyed in an accident what evidence can they produce to prove that these creatures actually exist? Unless, of course, they bring live specimens back to London in “unbreakable” crates to reveal to an astounded public. What could possibly go wrong?