Open Air Theatre in Manchester and the North

Kristy Stott, Theatre Editor

Balmy summer evenings and pre-show picnics; the 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.

We’re pleased that theatre companies and venues across the UK are currently gearing up for an exciting summer of outdoor performance.

Veterans of outdoor performance, Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre always brings the goods, alongside Lancaster’s Williamson Park, which will provide the perfect backdrop for an Alice in Wonderland adventure this summer.

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.

Our top picks

Alice in Wonderland at Williamson Park

Alice in Wonderland at The Dukes, Lancashire, 19 July–25 August 2024, from £16.50 - Book now

The Duke’s award-winning outdoor walkabout theatre is back with another super madcap family adventure. Summer is on its way.

Alice in Wonderland in Williamson Park
Image courtesy of Gabi Dawkins.

The Gangs of New York at Grosvenor Park

The Gangs of New York at Grosvenor Park, Cheshire, 19 July–31 August 2024, from £20.25 - Book now

Be transported to 19th-century America when Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre stages this fierce exploration of love, betrayal and power.

The Gangs of New York at Grosvenor Park
Image courtesy of Mark McNulty.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz at Grosvenor Park

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz at Grosvenor Park, Cheshire, 27 July–22 August 2024, from £6.75 - Book now

Young audience members are in for a treat as The Wonderful Wizard of Oz parades through the lush surroundings of Grosvenor Park in this magical walkabout theatre production.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz at Grosvenor Park
Image courtesy of Mark McNulty.

Great Expectations at Quarry Bank

Great Expectations - Outdoor theatre at Quarry Bank, Cheshire, 1 August 2024, from £12.00 - Book now

From the misty marshes of Kent to the dusty streets of London, Quantum Theatre bring a thrilling version of Dickens’s most popular novel.

Great Expectations at Quarry Bank
Quantum Theatre performing at Trelissick Gardens, Cornwall. Image courtesy of Quantum Theatre.

The Importance of Being Earnest at Grosvenor Park

The Importance of Being Earnest at Grosvenor Park, Cheshire, 9 August–1 September 2024, from £20.25 - Book now

Packed with wit, charm and mistaken identity, Oscar Wilde’s razor-sharp comedy is brought to life under the stars courtesy of Storyhouse.

Open Air Theatre at Grosvenor Park
Image courtesy of Mark McNulty.

Beauty and the Beast at Quarry Bank

Beauty and the Beast - Outdoor theatre, 10 August 2024, from £12.00 - Book now

Presented with original music and sparkling humour in picturesque gardens, Chapterhouse Theatre Company’s new adaptation of Beauty and the Beast will be a hit with the whole family.

Belle from Beauty and the Beast framed by red roses
Chapterhouse
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