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Sunshine and blue skies beckon as theatre goes outside
A Staffordshire theatre is leaving the comfort of its studios and venturing outdoors to take advantage of the anticipated glorious weather this summer. The Lichfield Garrick is planning to bring audiences to the city's parks where they can watch outdoor theatre productions in the sunshine. The exciting new programme of shows gets underway on July 29 with a performance of Shakespeare's The Tempest by celebrated theatre company, The Pantaloons, who staged 70 socially distanced open-air performances last summer. The performance of The Tempest will be held at Stowe Fields, with the stunning Lichfield Cathedral as the backdrop. Outdoor theatre shows then continue into August when the setting moves to Beacon Park, starting with a variation of the classic Little Red Riding Hood story on August 8 that also features characters such as the Three Funky Pigs and Karate Granny.

Lichfield Garrck, Beacon Park, Stowe Fields
Lichfield Garrick to perform outdoors this summer

Other treats in store for Beacon Park will see Kick in The Head Productions perform their rip-roaring comedy version of Three Men in a Boat, with Giles Shenton playing the part of Jerome K Jerome who recounts the hilarious story of his boating holiday along the River Thames with his two companions and Montmorency the dog. Open-air theatre then concludes on Sunday 22 August with a double helping of entertainment in Beacon Park. The fun starts with The Tales of Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny, with Beatrix Potter's classic characters brought to life by Quantum Theatre in a magical production complete with live music. The line-up of shows then concludes on the evening of August 22, with an outdoor production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, Shakespeare's popular comedy of love and intrigue, magic and mayhem, is also brought wonderfully to life by Quantum Theatre.

Beacon Park
Beacon Park will echo to the joys of live theatre

The parks both have plenty of space for families to bring picnic blankets or chairs and settle themselves in their own areas, safely and socially distanced from others for the performances. Tickets are on sale priced at £14 for adults and £12 for under 16s which can be bought online at or by calling the Box Office on 01543 412121. Entrance is by ticket only and these must be purchased in advance from the Garrick box office or online. There will be no ticket sales on the day. The show will go on, rain or shine, and theatregoers are advised to dress accordingly. Audiences are invited to bring their own seating and picnics but are asked not to bring any glass items or gazebos.
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Why? Live theatre and glorious sunshine - what a combination
When: July 29 to August 22
Phone: 01543 412121
Where: Beacon Park, 14 Swan Road, Lichfield WS13 6QZ
Cost: Tickets £14 adults and £12 under 16s
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