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A season of open-air theatre coming to Redcar and Cleveland

LIVE outdoor theatre is coming to Redcar and Cleveland, as performers, residents and visitors begin to make up for lost time.

A packed programme of al fresco performances is set to go ahead within the stunning grounds of Kirkleatham Museum throughout July and August – with something for all ages and tastes.

Comedian and actor David Walliams’ best-selling book Mr Stink will be staged for the little ones on July 2 by Heartbreak Productions, whilst classic literature lovers can enjoy an Oddsocks performance of Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors on July 8 or 9, when the company make their annual return to the Museum.

An adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, a tale of 1920s morality and corruption in Prohibition era America, will be staged on July 18, also by Heartbreak Productions, with The Two Fridas – the life story of artist Frida Kahlo, told through music and dance – rounding off the season on August 22. This fantastic performance has been commissioned and produced by Billingham International Folklore Festival of World Dance (BIFF) in collaboration with the Balbir Singh Dance Company and funded by the Arts Council England.

After the announcement that current Covid measures will remain in place for longer than expected, numbers have been limited to 150 per show – a figure reflecting half the venue’s usual capacity – to ensure all groups attending have the necessary space.

“There really is something for everyone and it is so exciting to see our borough coming back to life for the summer,” said Councillor Louise Westbury, who has responsibility for Culture. “People can pack their picnic hampers and chairs and come along to make some new memories.

“With that said, we mustn’t blow it now and find ourselves heading back into another lockdown.  Let’s all keep working together to follow the rules and stay safe.”

For more details on shows and prices, please visit: https://redcarcleveland.co.uk/enjoy/outdoor-theatre