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Newark Castle to host summer theatre productions, including Wind In The Willows, Much Ado About Nothing, Alice In Wonderland and Pride And Prejudice




The grounds of Newark Castle will be transformed into a theatre this summer for a series of live performances suitable for all ages.

Enjoy the sunshine (hopefully) as you settle on your blankets and escape to lands of imagination, from Wonderland to Mole and Ratty’s idyllic river and even18th Century England.

The summer programme starts on Thursday, June 3, with performances of Alice In Wonderland at 11am, 1.30pm and 4pm.

Alice In Wonderland will open the Newark Castle outdoor theatre offering. Photo: Marc Wheatley Photography (45964887)
Alice In Wonderland will open the Newark Castle outdoor theatre offering. Photo: Marc Wheatley Photography (45964887)

Join your host, the Mad Hatter, and all his friends as they help Alice find her unbirthday party. Follow us down the rabbit hole to Wonderland where you’ll meet all your favourite characters.

This performance will be in line with current government social distancing guidance.

Award-winning outdoor theatre company Illyria present their adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing on Tuesday, June 29, at 7pm.

Illyria theatre company in a previous production of The Adventures Of Doctor Dolittle. (45964889)
Illyria theatre company in a previous production of The Adventures Of Doctor Dolittle. (45964889)

The beloved Shakespearean comedy tells a tale of love and loathing.

Waiting For Godot meets Still Game in The Bench, a hilarious play full of twists and turns, intrigue and sharp wit written by the award-winning Keir McAllister.

The Bench tells the tale of an epic conflict over a public bench featuring a tirade of well-observed rants, unreasonable demands and ultimately, shared journey of self-discovery.

Wind In The Willows (46108361)
Wind In The Willows (46108361)

Suitable for over 12s, it is staged at the castle on Saturday, July 10, at 7pm.

Illyria return to the castle on Thursday, August 5, to bring Hugh Lofting’s much-loved stories to life in a new musical adaptation of The Further Adventures Of Dr Dolittle.

Doctor Dolittle’s adventures with Jip the dog, Dab Dab the duck, Gub Gub the pig and Polynesia the parrot features a fully orchestrated score, puppets and catchy songs.

A Teddy Bears’ Picnic takes place in the castle grounds on Wednesday, August 11, at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. Enjoy storytelling from Rhubarb Theatre before taking part in a bear hunt around town.

Horrible Histories: Gorgeous Georgians and Vile Victorians is staged on Monday, August 16, at 2pm and 5.30pm.

Don’t miss this horrible history of Britain with the nasty bits left in!

Set against the increasingly chaotic proceedings of one long 18th Century night, She Stoops To Conquer is a romantic romp filled with ludicrous misunderstanding, mischief and mayhem. It is being staged on Friday, August 20, at 7.30pm.

It is followed by Shakespeare’s The Tempest on Saturday, August 21, at 7pm, when the mystical Prospero conjures a storm and torments the survivors of a shipwreck.

Folksy’s production is filled with live music, colourful characters, enchantment and a little touch of magic.

Join Mole, Ratty, Toad and Badger on a wild adventure filled with motorcar madness, wicked weasels, exciting escapes and plenty of messing about in boats in Wind In The Willows on Thursday, August 26, at 2.30pm and 6pm.

Pantaloons Theatre Company put their own anarchic spin Kenneth Grahame’s classic.

Finally, Jane Austen’s witty romantic masterpiece Pride And Prejudice is on Thursday, September 2, at 7pm.

Will Mrs Bennett manage to offload her numerous daughters? Will Lizzy and Darcy actually get together? Join the Pantaloons to find out in this innovative adaptation.

Tickets are available from the Palace Theatre box office.



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