Summer Open-Air Theatre

Explore The Bishop’s Palace’s programme of summer open-air theatre.

Set within the stunning surroundings of our gardens and the romantic ruins of the Great Hall, our outdoor theatre programme showcases some of the UK’s finest theatre groups, offering an unmissable experience for the whole family.

The Lord Chamberlain’s Men Present ‘Hamlet’

  • 21st July 2024
  • 6.30pm (gates open 5.30pm)

Join The Lord Chamberlain’s Men this summer, in their 20th year, for Hamlet, the greatest play in the English language. With a history stretching back to William Shakespeare’s original company, they present this great play as he first saw it – in the open air, with an all-male cast and Elizabethan costumes, music and dance. 

The Pantaloons Present ‘The Merry Wives of Windsor’

  • 24th July 2024
  • 7pm (gates open 6.15pm)

Expect silly slapstick, abundant anachronisms and memorable music nestled amongst Shakespeare’s poignant poetry as the critically acclaimedPantaloons put their own innovative and interactive spin on this classic comedy.

This event is a fundraising event on behalf of The Palace Trust, the charity whose purpose is to conserve The Bishop’s Palace and its story as a place of enjoyment and reflection for the benefit of all.  The Palace Trust gets no statutory funding so the cost of maintaining the Palace is met entirely by grants, by visitor income and special events. 

The Pantaloons Present ‘Robin Hood’

  • 31st July 2024
  • 7pm (gates open 6.15pm)

Join utter legends Robin, Marian and the Merry Men in Sherwood Forest for a hilariously adventurous take on the timeless tales of everyone’s favourite archer. Come and enjoy the critically acclaimed Pantaloons’ innovative take on the myth featuring live music and audience interaction. Prepare to have your blocks busted, your rips roared and your swashes well-and-truly buckled!

This event is a fundraising event on behalf of The Palace Trust, the charity whose purpose is to conserve The Bishop’s Palace and its story as a place of enjoyment and reflection for the benefit of all.  The Palace Trust gets no statutory funding so the cost of maintaining the Palace is met entirely by grants, by visitor income and special events. 

  • Saturday 31st August 2024
  • 8pm (gates open 7pm)

Prepare for the concert of a lifetime as 21st Century Queen recreates many of the band’s best-known and loved hits including We Will Rock YouRadio Ga Ga, and possibly the best-known single of all time Bohemian Rhapsody. Performing hit after hit of arguably the greatest rock band of all time and combining stunning vocals and live musicians, 21st Century Queen promises the thrill of hearing the music in an exciting and extraordinarily atmospheric concert performance.

All tickets are non-refundable. In the event of cancellation due to exceptionally bad weather alternative arrangements shall be made.