Pride and Prejudice at Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre
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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.

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 will stage three shows this summer: Romeo and Juliet, Little Women and children’s favourite Stig of the Dump.

Meanwhile, HOME are hosting First Street Festival from 2 June – 3 July. Taking place in Tony Wilson Place ( just in front of the HOME building), the festival will provide a range of free activities including live music, family storytimes and performances.

Great for families of all ages, outdoor arts are popping up in beauty spots and venues right across Manchester and the North too. Trafford’s Refract Festival sees several free dance-circus performances happening at Waterside Plaza in Sale. Additionally, over in West Yorkshire, Duke’s Theatre Company bring a magical production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream to Nostell Priory.

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