Season of outdoor theatre events to take place across West Sussex

The Vyne -Twelfth Night, Lord Chamberlain's Men SUS-150306-123657001
The Vyne -Twelfth Night, Lord Chamberlain's Men SUS-150306-123657001

Take live entertainment, a picnic and a beautiful setting and you have all the ingredients for a perfect summer evening.

The National Trust is hosting a season of outdoor theatre at picture-postcard locations in West Sussex. From Peter Rabbit to Twelfth Night, there’s a wide range of productions to choose from, with something to appeal to all ages.

Enjoy outdoor theatre in the flower-filled gardens at Nymans, or at Petworth Park – a glorious landscape that inspired some of our greatest painters.

Nymans: Summer theatre - Tales of Peter Rabbit & Benjamin Bunny

2 August, 5 – 7pm (4pm for picnics), adults £12, children £8, families £37, book on 0844 249 1895

Peter Rabbit knows very well that he is not to go into Mr McGregor’s garden, but he can’t resist, and only just manages to escape, running home to a severe telling-off from his mother and early to bed. Find out what happens when Peter and his cousin Benjamin go back to the garden to recover Peter’s lost clothes!

Using live music, this Quantum Theatre production promises a magical evening for young and old alike, taking them back to the tales of their childhood in a show designed to appeal to all the family.

Nymans: Summer theatre - Twelfth Night

16 August, 6.30 – 8.30pm (5.30pm for picnics), adults £15, children £8, book on 0844 249 1895

Join the Lord Chamberlain’s Men for Shakespeare’s joyous tale of love, longing, mischief and mistaken identity, set in fair Illyria. With identical twins separated by shipwreck, a cross-dressing heroine and everyone in search of love, Twelfth Night is one of the most famous and tangled love stories in literature.

This enormously funny, fast-paced production of Shakespeare’s much-loved comedy is performed by an all-male cast in full Elizabethan costume, with traditional music and dance.

Nymans: Summer theatre - Pride & Prejudice

23 August, 6.30 – 8.30pm (5.30pm for picnics), adults £15, children £8, book on 0844 249 1895

Will Mrs Bennet manage to offload her numerous daughters in record time? Will Lizzy and Darcy actually get together? Will creepy Mr Collins just go away please? The literary classic gets the Pantaloons treatment in this hilarious and innovative production.

Petworth House and Park:

Summer theatre - Twelfth Night

21 August, 7.30pm, adult £16, child £10, book on 0844 249 1895

Join the Lord Chamberlain’s Men for Shakespeare’s joyous tale of love, longing, mischief and mistaken identity, set in fair Illyria. With identical twins separated by shipwreck, a cross-dressing heroine and everyone in search of love, Twelfth Night is one of the most famous and tangled love stories in literature.

This enormously funny, fast-paced production of Shakespeare’s much-loved comedy is performed by an all-male cast in full Elizabethan costume, with traditional music and dance.

For more information about places to go and things to do with the National Trust this summer, visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/southeast

Report and picture contributed by the National Trust.