Summer is the time for open air theatre and across Mid Devon there is a wealth of shows to choose from.  From Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan to Shakespeare and Gilbert & Sullivan there are productions to suit all ages and tastes performed in some gorgeous outdoor settings.  Some are free and most require you to bring a blanket or chair. And of course, as this is Britain, do remember to go prepared for all weathers.   

The Common Players are touring their quirky production of Alice in Wonderland  throughout Devon.  Expect larger than life characters, puppets, live music, dancing and lashings of absurdity. Pack a picnic, bring a chair or blanket and follow them down the rabbit hole.  Here are the performances which are closest to Crediton. 

 12 June 3pm  Firestone Field, Coleford

 17 June  6pm Lapford Mill 

 25 June 7pm  Knightshayes,  Tiverton

 9 July 3pm  Newcombes Meadow , Crediton 

For a full list of venues and ticket details visit their website

In August Crediton Arts Centre will present two FREE family  shows in Crediton Town Square.   

On 13 August at 2pm Calf2Cow  theatre company will bring their raucous version of Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows to the town square.  Join Mole, Ratty and Badger in a floor stomping, hilarious recount of this woodland adventure as they save Toad and his shiny new motorcar from deep trouble. 

On Sunday 28 August the Arts Centre will present their original show The Very Old Man with Enormous WingsWith large scale puppets and live music, it tells the story of an old man with enormous wings who appears in a village and is taken in by a local family. The suspicious villagers gradually come to accept and love his quiet dignity, fighting the forces of officialdom to protect their 'refugee'.  There will be two performances, at 1pm and 4pm 

These shows are FREE, so no need to book, but donations are welcome

The Plough Arts Centre in Torrington promotes open air theatre across Mid and North Devon. Here are just a few of the shows on offer, all within easy reach of Crediton.  

11 June 7pm   Sun & Moon Theatre presents  Much Ado About Nothing  by William Shakespeare at Lapford Mill     

18 June 5.30pm  Illyria Theatre presents  Peter Pan at Castle Drogo, Drewsteignton  

26  June  3pm   Hotbuckle Productions  presents  Great Expectations  at RHS Garden Rosemoor, Great Torrington   https://www.theploughartscentre.org.uk/event/great-expectations-charles-dickens-1

15 July  7pm  Illyria presents  The Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert & Sullivan at Eggesford Barton, near Chulmleigh   

23 July 7pm  Cygnet Theatre  presents Twelfth Night  by William Shakespeare

at Brushford Barton, near Winkleigh  

10 August  3pm  Immersion Theatre presents  Rapunzel  at RHS Garden Rosemoor , Great Torrington  

20 August  7pm  Heartbreak Productions present  Jane Eyre at Brushford Barton, near Winkleigh  

For a full programme and to book tickets for all these shows, visit the Plough Arts Centre website .

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Jun 6, 2022
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