Derby park hosts outdoor theatre and film

The ever-popular outdoor theatre and cinema season will return to Markeaton Park Craft Village in Derby this summer. 

This year Oddsocks, the city’s own production company,  will be kicking off the season with their new sci-fi adaptation of The Tempest from June 14-16. 

Audiences will experience the Shakespeare play like never before as they are transported far off to a distant universe, where they will find Prospero, an ageing astronaut, his fearless daughter Miranda and madcap aliens.

Oddsocks (pictured above) will then return to the park from July 24-26 with their Mods and Rockers’ take on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet – retelling the trials and tribulations of two star-crossed lovers to a soundtrack of well-loved foot-tapping tunes.  

After five popular Christmas shows at the Guildhall Theatre, Babbling Vagabonds are back in Derby with an outdoor theatrical experience with A Wild Walk: The Golden Thief of Markeaton Park. 

Audiences can pit their wits against riddlers, puzzle makers and a tricksy wolf on the outdoor theatrical walk. 

This interactive experience, from July 27-31, takes about an hour to complete and is ideal for families with young children. 

The outdoor cinema will this year be showing the 80s favourite Dirty Dancing on August 3, followed by the classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show on August 4.

Squashbox Theatre will be showing Stones and Bones, a show about archaeology and fossils, and Curious Creatures, featuring such wonders as performing fleas, skateboarding snails and gymnastic gerbils, from August 9-11.

In Stones and Bones they will be introducing children to their stone-age ancestors, showing them a volcano erupting before their eyes and even giving them a glimpse of a dinosaur or two. Both shows involve slapstick comedy, puppets, songs and crazy characters.

Refreshments will be available at the Orangery for all the events. 

Tickets for the outdoor theatre and cinema season can be bought at the Information Centre, the Market Place centre, by telephone on 01332 255800 or at