Open Air Theatre in Manchester and the North
Image courtesy of Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre.

Open Air Theatre in Manchester and the North

Kristy Stott, Theatre Editor

Balmy summer evenings and pre-show picnics; popping of corks and the clinking of glasses; high-quality performance, good company and nature’s very own top tier ventilation system, make open air theatre one of our favourite things.

While it may be some time before indoor performance gets the green light, we’re pleased that theatre companies and venues across the UK are able to gear up for an exciting summer of outdoor performance.

Veterans of outdoor performance, Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre will stage three shows this summer: The Jungle Book, The Merry Wives of Windsor and Pride and Prejudice.

Meanwhile HOME are launching their very own pop-up venue. Homeground will be a huge new temporary outdoor space located on First Street, near HOME’s existing building. The first two shows at the venue have been announced as Filter Theatre’s acclaimed A Midsummer Night’s Dream and a brand-new version of Alice in Wonderland, by Stockroom Productions.

Great for families of all ages, outdoor arts are popping up in parks across Manchester and the North too. Waterside and Heartbreak Productions present David Walliams’ Mr Stink and the jazz-age tale of The Great Gatsby in Walkden Gardens. Additionally, over the Pennines, The Pantaloons bring a comic retelling of Pride and Prejudice to Sheffield Botanical Gardens.

Here’s our round-up of outdoor theatre happening in Manchester and the North over this summer. Check back soon – We’ll be updating this list with more shows as we find them.

Here are our picks