Outdoor theatre and cinema return to park

Outdoor theatre and cinema return to Markeaton Park Craft Village this month.

The season will be kick off with local favourites Oddsocks Productions as they serve up a double-bill of family-friendly Shakespeare.

The Bard’s Romeo and Juliet will take to the stage from June 14-16 – with a surprising musical twist.

Set on Brighton seafront amid the cultural chaos of the Mods and Rockers era, audiences can expect an Oddsocks comedy classic as they turn Shakespeare’s greatest love story on its head – set to a Sixties’ soundtrack.

Oddsocks are likely to have you in tears of laughter.

The madcap theatre company returns six weeks later with the hugely popular steam punk version of Macbeth on July 26 and 27.

Bringing yet more drama to the season, on June 23-25, in association with Derby LIVE and trade union Unite, are Big Adventures Theatre Company with their new community musical, The Last Revolution, which tells the story of the people at the heart of the Pentrich uprising in 1817.

A story of love, honour, brotherhood and betrayal, this brand new musical marks the 200th anniversary of the revolution.

The season’s family-friendly offerings also continue with the popular Babbling Vagabonds and A Wild Walk on July 29 and 30.

This hour-long outdoor theatrical walk offers young families the chance to pit their wits against riddlers, puzzle makers and a tricksy wolf, to see if they can discover The Golden Thief of Markeaton Park.

Returning for its second year this summer viewers can once again expect a thrilling cinematic experience from outdoor cinema at the craft village.

The cinematic phenomenon Mamma Mia brings all of Abba’s top hits to the big screen once again on August 4, while audiences will be donning their leather jackets for the classic musical Grease on August 5.

Tickets for the outdoor theatre and cinema season are available online at http://www.derbylive.co.uk or from the sales and information centre in Derby’s Market Place, or by calling 01332 255800.