Join us in the stunning grounds of Newark Castle this summer as we transport the magic of the theatre to this wonderful historic setting. Enjoy the sunshine as you settle on your blankets and escape to lands of imagination from Wonderland to Mole and Ratty's idyllic river and even period drama heaven in 18th century England. 

Programme

Alice in Wonderland
Thursday 3rd June, 11am, 1.30pm and 4pm

A magical adaptation of the classic story, Alice in Wonderland. 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 taking place in line with current Government social distancing guidance so families can enjoy safely.

£45 blanket of up to 6, £35 blanket of up to 4

Much Ado about Nothing
Tuesday 29th June, 7pm

Award-winning outdoor theatre company Illyria present their fabulous production of Much Ado About Nothing. The beloved Shakespearean comedy tells a terrific tale of love and loathing with tricks in abundance! Now in its 30th year, Illyria has delighted audiences across the UK and abroad. Join them for a summer evening of laughter and theatre with their refreshingly quirky adaptation.

£16, £10 child, £45 family

The Bench
Saturday 10th July, 7pm

Waiting for Godot meets Still Game in this 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 and audiences are sure to laugh along to its tirade of well-observed rants, uncompromising solutions, unreasonable demands and ultimately, shared journey of self-discovery.

£17, £15 concessions. Recommended age: 12+ (contains some comic bad language)

The Further Adventures of Dr Dolittle
Thursday 5th August, 3.30pm

Award-winning theatre company Illyria bring Hugh Lofting's much-loved stories to life in a brand-new musical adaptation of Doctor Dolittle's adventures with Jip the Dog, Dab Dab the Duck, Gub Gub the Pig and Polynesia the Parrot. Featuring a fully orchestrated score, amazing puppets and catchy songs, don’t miss this wonderful family event in the beautiful grounds of Newark Castle.

£16, £10 child, £45 family

Teddy Bears Picnic
Wednesday 11th August, 11am, 1pm & 3pm

Bring your teddy bear along for a picnic in Newark Castle's grounds and enjoy half an hour of fantastic storytelling from Rhubarb Theatre. Afterwards you can take part in a bear hunt around town which might just end in a 'sweet' surprise and the chance to be entered in an exciting prize draw.

£20 blanket of up to 4, £25 blanket of up to 6

Horrible Histories: Gorgeous Georgians and Vile Victorians
Monday 16th August, 2pm & 5.30pm

Are you ready to swing with a Georgian king? Does the Duke of Wellington get the boot? Dare you dance the Tyburn jig? And will you be saved by Florence Nightingale? Find out what a baby farmer did and move to the groove with ‘Party Queen’ Victoria! Don’t miss this horrible history of Britain with the nasty bits left in!

£18, £16 concession, £60 family

She Stoops To Conquer
Friday 20th August, 7.30pm

Set against the increasingly chaotic proceedings of one very long 18th century night, 'She Stoops to Conquer' is a delightful romantic romp filled with ludicrous misunderstanding, mischief and mayhem. So pack your picnic, rugs and chairs and relax in the summer sunshine while we whisk you away to the time of big wigs and even bigger dresses, where fops and foolery abound!

£15, £14 concession, £7 child

The Tempest
Saturday 21st August, 7pm

In this Shakespearean tale, perfect for a summer evening, the mystical Prospero conjures a storm and torments the survivors of a shipwreck, including his treacherous brother Antonio, slave Caliban whose wish for freedom is thwarted by spirit-servant Ariel, and Ferdinand who falls in love with Prospero’s daughter Miranda. Folksy’s wonderful production is filled with live music, colourful characters, enchantment and a little touch of magic.

£15, £12 concession, £48 family

Wind in the Willows
Thursday 26th August, 2.30pm & 6pm

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. The critically-acclaimed Pantaloons Theatre Company put their own anarchic spin Kenneth Grahame’s classic countryside caper. Frantically feral fun for the whole family in the stunning grounds of Newark Castle.

£13.50, £10 concession, £45 family

Pride and Prejudice
Thursday 2nd September, 7pm

It is a truth universally acknowledged that Jane Austen’s witty romantic masterpiece is one of the best-loved stories ever, dealing with the most important questions in life… Will Mrs Bennett manage to offload her numerous daughters? Will Lizzy and Darcy actually get together? Will creepy Mr Collins just go away please? Join The Pantaloons to find out in this delightfully innovative and hilarious adaptation.

£13.50, £10 concession, £45 family

 

Pre-bookings will close 24 hours before the event but keep an eye on our social media for availability on the door. An email will be sent to all bookers prior to the show with extra details including current safety guidance. Where available, a family ticket is for 2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children. Concessions may apply to children, senior citizens, families, disabled people, registered unemployed, Palace Theatre Members and groups. Not all discounts apply to all shows.  Babies under 12 months go free but please let one of our team know when booking so they can log appropriately. Please note that no alcohol will be allowed at these events. For further terms and conditions please refer to the back of your tickets or contact the Palace Theatre Box Office.