Outdoor Theatre and Cinema Season returns this month

Published: 1 June 2021

bohemian rhapsody outdoor cinema screen

A showing from 2018 of Bohemian Rhapsody

Pull up a camping chair and get your picnic ready – get your tickets for Markeaton Park’s much-loved Summer Outdoor Theatre and Cinema Season which returns in this month, with event s running through to August.

Derby LIVE and Derby Parks will bring audiences thrilling shows from Oddsocks Productions, Derby Shakespeare Theatre Company and Babbling Vagabonds, as well as showings of award-winning films, all in the beautiful surroundings of Markeaton Park Craft Village. There is something for all ages.

Oddsocks Productions bring their fun, family friendly adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors to the stage from Thursday 24 June to Saturday 26 June, with the promise of slapstick, music and outrageous characters. A servant and master in search of their long-lost twin brothers find themselves in a chain of chaotic events, running headlong into a happy ending which defies all probability.  A summer delight not to be missed!

Thursday 24 June, Friday 25 June, Saturday 26 June at 7.30pm. Tickets: £17, concessions available

From Friday 9 July to Sunday 11 July, Amateur Theatre Group, Derby Shakespeare Theatre Company bring you the well-loved, extremely successful and energetic comedy Bouncers from acclaimed writer John Godber. Join Lucky Eric, Les, Ralph and Judd as they take you on a hilarious journey through a typical night out in the 90s, through the eyes of the bouncers... and the lads, lasses and characters they encounter. A nostalgic look back that’ll have you laughing out loud.

Friday 9 July, Saturday 10 July, Sunday 11 July at 8pm. Tickets: £13

Fresh from their Christmas Elf Encounter in Derby Market Place, Babbling Vagabonds are back in Markeaton Park with Here be Dragons!: A Wild Walk and outdoor theatre adventure for families. Meet the secretive ‘Creature Carers’ and help them to conjure a story to becalm a bewildered beastie. Audiences can join the walk from Wed 21 Jul to Sun 25 Jul.

Wednesday 21, Thursday 22, Friday 23, Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 July at 11am and 2pm Tickets: £9. Under 3’s go free.

The films chosen for this year’s cinema season have a distinctly musical flavour. Bring your picnic and watch the sun go down before the films start.

Bohemian Rhapsody (12A), a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury, returns by popular demand.

Thursday 29 July. Gates open 7pm. Film starts close to 9pm, 30 mins after sunset. Tickets: £14

In A Star is Born (15), seasoned musician Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper) meets and falls in love with struggling singer-songwriter Ally (Lady Gaga). Jack coaxes Ally to follow her dreams while he battles with alcoholism and his personal demons. This Oscar-winning film is the most recent version of the classic Hollywood tale.

Friday 30 July. Gates open 7pm. Film starts close to 9pm, 30 mins after sunset. Tickets: £14

Rocketman (15) is an epic musical fantasy about the incredible story of Elton John’s breakthrough years in the 1970’s. It won a Golden Globe for Taron Egerton in his performance as Elton, and an Oscar for (I’m Gonna) Love Me Again, a new song written for the film by Elton John and Bernie Taupin.

Saturday 31 July. Gates open 7pm. Film starts close to 9pm, 30 mins after sunset. Tickets: £14

For the final film of the season, enjoy some Razzle Dazzle with Chicago (12A). Renee Zellweger and Catherine Zeta Jones star in the musical about murder, mayhem and celebrity.  Enjoy your picnic and All That Jazz!

Sunday 1 August.  Gates open 7pm. Film starts close to 9pm, 30 mins after sunset. Tickets: £14

The hard-standing area of the Craft Village is the scene for Derby LIVE’s stage and screen, so bring a low-backed chair for your comfort and enjoy a summer evening in the park with top-notch entertainment. You are welcome to bring your own alcohol, but no glass bottles or glasses please. More information is available from the Derby Live website.

All events will be run in line with the guidelines in place for live outdoor entertainment following the COVID pandemic.

Tickets for all films and theatre shows are available from the Derby Live website and from our Sales and Information Centre on 01332 255800.

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