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New Multipass to all 5 Theatre in the Garden Performances
Sat, 27 May 2017, 19:00 – Thu, 6 Jul 2017, 21:20 BST
Why not book our Coolings Theatre in the Garden - Multipass
Save up to £79.96 on a Family ticket or £34.95 on an Adult ticket when attending two or more Theatre in the Garden events at Coolings this summer. With five exciting productions on this summer, we are sure to have something for everyone!
Theatre in the Garden: Illyria’s Pride and Prejudice
Date: Saturday 27th May
It's back! Illyria's production of Jane Austen's glorious social comedy attracted sell-out audiences for 4 consecutive years. It toured throughout the UK and Europe, attracted nationwide critical acclaim and at its run at the 2003 Edinburgh Fringe, the queue for returns stretched around the block.
In a social whirlwind of balls, dinners and very eligible officers, Lizzie Bennett and Fitzwilliam Darcy stand alone as the only sane people ‒ and they hate each other! Or do they? Can she see beyond his pride, and can he overcome her prejudice, in order to achieve their mutual happiness?
If your idea of Jane Austen is costume-drama, empire-lines and tea-parties, then this sparkling adaptation, based entirely on the original novel, is something to make you change your mind. Bring a picnic and have a ball as the irrepressible Illyria sharpen their claws to bring you Jane Austen at her vibrant, pacy, forthright, bitchy best!
Theatre in the Garden: Illyria’s A Comedy of Errors
Date: Sunday 18th June
In the bard’s shortest, funniest and most rumbustious comedy, two sets of identical twins, separated at birth, unknowingly end up in the same city. More and more people are sucked into a vortex of mistaken identity including an officer who is paid per arrest, a goldsmith who hasn't been paid at all, a delayed merchant, an irate courtesan and a mad exorcist. To say nothing of a wife who sometimes feels her husband has two different personalities, and a poor immigrant who is arrested for being the wrong nationality. And what exactly is the Abbess of Ephesus's dark secret? Will anything ever make sense again?
To cap it all, this year Illyria’s Shakespeare production is re-located to the town of Ephesus, Mexico, and is performed by our very own 5-piece Mariachi band, resplendent in ponchos and sombreros. Ay caramba!
Theatre in the Garden: Oddsocks’ Macbeth “A musical brew of laughter and witchcraft!”
Date: Thursday 6th July
It’s Shakespeare but not as you know it!
Oddsocks bring a departure from our normal theatre experience as they remorselessly satirise the great bard’s work in this ‘steam punk’ version of the play.
The production will seem ‘odd’ at first, but as you settle in you’ll recognise the familiar Macbeth plot being slowly murdered under an endless tide of humour as the actors take substantive and hilarious advantage of the traditional plot.
There will be a number of well-known songs, all relevant to the circumstances of the scene before you, plus the usual tally of murders and deaths for Macbeth! Shakespeare, the great soap writer of his time, would no doubt approve of these twists or be spinning in his grave: you decide!
Theatre in the Garden: Illyria’s The Lost World
Date: Friday 14th July
Michael Crichton and Steven Spielberg borrowed this title for the sequel to the book/film Jurassic Park. Thanks to them it now tells an audience exactly what they’re going to get: Dinosaurs!
Storytellers since before Homer have spun yarns about adventurers’ travels to strange lands and the monsters they meet there. But Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's version of the story transcends all previous versions because his adventurers were the first to bring the monsters back! He inspired the likes of King Kong, Godzilla, Alien and a host of other classic monster movies!
Four intrepid explorers, led by the redoubtable Professor Challenger, travel to an uncharted plateau in South America following a few scant directions scribbled in a sketch book. They find flora and fauna beyond their wildest dreams, become involved in tribal warfare between apemen and indigenous humans, and encounter terrifying dinosaurs previously believed to be extinct. But when their camera is destroyed in an accident, what evidence can they produce to prove that these creatures actually exist? Unless, of course, they bring live specimens back to London in “unbreakable” crates to reveal to an astounded public. What could possibly go wrong?
Illyria has an unmatched reputation for innovation in the open-air touring theatre sector, where they are the first company to tackle a show in this genre and of this scope. Prehistoric thrills, monster laughs and life-size dinosaurs abound in the must-see show of the summer!
Theatre in the Garden: Illyria’s The Mikado by Gilbert & Sullivan
Date: Saturday 26th August
In 2011 Illyria raised the bar for the major UK open-air touring theatre companies by becoming the first and only one to add operetta to its regular season.
In the town of Titipu flirting has been made illegal. The penalty, by order of The Mikado, is death. Too bad then that the main culprit is the Lord High Executioner Ko-Ko, who wishes to marry his beautiful young ward Yum-Yum, and who has no intention of executing himself. Can the itinerant musician Nanki-Poo be persuaded to be executed in his place? Can Pooh-Bah, the one man who occupies every role in public office in Titipu, be persuaded to take advantage of his influential access to himself to bend his own ear? And what would happen if anyone should dare to tell the Mikado that an execution had taken place when in fact it hadn’t…?
Gilbert & Sullivan’s wry comic opera, set in Japan but with satire clearly aimed at the British political classes, gets the complete Illyria treatment. It is performed by a cast of 6 actor/singers accompanied by a musical director on keyboards, and is produced on a stage boasting a strikingly large (and authentic) Japanese torii gate. Despite the reduction in scale, not a single word from WS Gilbert's libretto is cut, nor a single note or harmony from Sir Arthur Sullivan's score unsung.
Following the company’s runaway successes with HMS Pinafore, The Pirates of Penzance, Iolanthe and Ruddigore, Illyria returns with yet another romantic summer opera to leave you with a great big silly smile on your face and a song in your heart.
You will receive an email from Eventbrite our online booking system provider. This email will contain your ticket/s . Please make sure you print these tickets along with the accompanying email. You will be required to present these to a member of the Coolings team before attending the event / excursion.
Please keep HOLD of you tickets as you will be required to present these when attending any of the five theatre in the garden events.
We suggest you arrive 15 minutes early to allow time for parking. Within our car park there will be a designated area for you to park. Please follow the signage on the day.
On the night you are welcome to bring a picnic and make a real evening of it in our garden. Also drinks and snacks will be available on the night
Seating will not be available, you can bring your own chairs, but they will be situated at the back as people who bring blankets will be at the front, so everyone gets a clear view.
As this is an all weather event, always dress for cold weather, we suggest bringing plastic sheeting and wearing good waterproofs in the event of rain, umbrellas will not be allowed as they block the view.
Am I only able to now book online for events / excursions with Coolings?
Our online ticket system is by far the easiest way for the majority of our customers to make a booking. However we are still happy to receive phone booking at Coolings Garden Centre on 01959 532269 (payment can be made preferably by credit / debit card over the phone / cheque in the post).
Alternatively you may still visit Coolings Garden Centre in person and make a booking at our customer service desk located in the main shop. If making a booking in person at Coolings you can pay by credit / debit card, cheque or cash.
If paying by cheque for any event / excursion this is only available up until 10 days prior to the event / excursion taking place. If you are booking less than 10 days prior to the event payment must be made by one of the alternative methods.
I am have a Coolings Family Card, can I use it?
Coolings Family can be used for this excursion. To use your card please enter your card number into the 'Enter Promotional Code' box when selecting your tickets. This is the full 11 digit cardholder number.
What if I have some specific requirements that are not listed here?
Please contact Coolings Garden Centre on 01959 532269 or alternatively email us on email@example.com to discuss your requirements and as always we will do our best to accomodate them.
Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?
Please contact Coolings Garden Centre on 01959 532269 or alternatively email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
You may transfer your ticket to someone else, but we must receive confirmation of this 48 hours before the event / excursion. For some holidays you may not be able to transfer your booking with less than 7 days notice.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Yes a printed ticket must be brought to the event. Although our ticket provider 'Eventbrite' does offer electronic tickets mobile reception at Coolings is often limited so this may mean you are unable to recall your ticket on site. We do hold a record of all attendees to any event / excursion/ holiday, but if you do not have your ticket this will cause you some delays.
What if I wish to cancel?
Refunds on Events and one day Excursions can only be offered 14 days before the event/excursion.
The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?
Tickets may be transferred with 48 hours notice or 7 days for some holidays but on the day of an event / excursion/ holidays ticket attendee/s should match our registration details.