Outdoor theatre is set to return to the grounds of Birmingham Botanical Gardens this summer with four adaptations of some well-loved classics.
July marks the beginning of theatre season for the Gardens, which runs until August, as Chapterhouse Theatre Company and Immersion Theatre return with performances of Peter Pan, Robin Hood, Sherlock Holmes and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, all performed within the Garden’s 15 acres of beautiful surroundings.
The season opens with Sherlock Holmes and a mystery set in the beautiful Northumbrian countryside where a legendary nemesis awaits the arrival of the world’s greatest detective. Sherlock Holmes comes face to face with his greatest fear, on Wednesday 11 July. A week later, enjoy the classic story of Robin Hood and his merry men as they travel through Sherwood Forest, stealing from the rich and giving to the poor, opening on Wednesday 20 July. Next, on Wednesday 25 July, get whisked away on a thrilling journey to the most magical of forests and meet star-crossed lovers, playful fairies and hilarious travelling players in a fantastic performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The theatre season then closes with thinking happy thoughts and flying high alongside the mischievous Peter Pan as he embarks on an awfully big adventure, Thursday 26 July.
Visitors are invited to bring along a picnic and enjoy the shows from the picturesque lawns of the historic Gardens, but don’t worry if you forget to bring your snacks – the Pavilion Tea Room will remain open for the duration of the performances with plenty of traditional British favourites to choose from.
James Wheeler, Chief Executive of Birmingham Botanical Gardens said: “After the success of previous performances, we’re delighted to bring such a fantastic programme of theatre to the Gardens this summer. Bring along your favourite snacks and enjoy our iconic, unique City Centre setting - there really is no better way to enjoy theatre than out in the open. With such a variety of shows, there is something for everyone to come along and enjoy, whether with the family or for a romantic date with your partner.”
For more information and tickets, visit wwww.birminghambotanicalgardens.org.uk/whatson or call 0121 454 7835.