Performing arts

Weekend theatre breaks

On weekend theatre breaks, take a cushion and a bottle of something sparkly and enjoy an al-fresco evening in the company of world-class opera singers, Shakespearean actors or lithesome ballet dancers. Often, the setting will be as stunning as the performances. Make the most of theatre breaks by taking in a show of every type, from dramas to musicals to children’s plays. And theatre trips don’t need to be restricted to the city. Smaller towns and villages host touring arts companies and stage regular music and performing arts festivals of their own.

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Enjoy dinner and a show at Kilworth House Hotel & Theatre

Enjoy dinner and a show at Kilworth House Hotel & Theatre

Not many luxurious English hotels come complete with their own open-air theatre, but Kilworth House has always been a little bit special.

Location: Kilworth, Leicestershire

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See a play under the stars at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre

See a play under the stars at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre

Experience theatre performed in the open air, amid the beautiful, green surroundings of Regent's Park.

Location: Regent's Park, Greater London

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Explore Brighton and Hove’s wartime heritage

Explore Brighton and Hove’s wartime heritage

Commemorate the First World War with a cultural holiday in Brighton and Hove, roaming around the city’s lively cultural quarter.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

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Take in a play during Shakespeare season in Newcastle

Take in a play during Shakespeare season in Newcastle

Every autumn the world-renowned Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) heads north to Newcastle’s Theatre Royal for their annual season.

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

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Give a standing ovation to Plymouth’s lively arts scene

Give a standing ovation to Plymouth’s lively arts scene

Explore the works of Plymouth's legendary artists – Beryl Cook, Robert Lenkiewicz and Sir Joshua Reynolds, as well as today's talented young artists.

Location: Plymouth, Devon

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Get Footloose on a theatre trip to YMCA Theatre

Get Footloose on a theatre trip to YMCA Theatre

The theatre is renowned for its year-round repertoire which has widened in recent years to include plays, ballets and musicals.

Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire

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Enjoy the theatrical to the symphonic

Enjoy the theatrical to the symphonic

Make a beeline for England’s second city this autumn for a city break of world-renowned arts - from ballet and theatre to orchestral magnificence.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

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Take in a show by the world class Royal Shakespeare Company

Take in a show by the world class Royal Shakespeare Company

Visit the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Swan Theatre at Stratford-upon-Avon for the chance to see a play performed in the Bard’s own hometown.

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

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A theatrical experience with a difference

A theatrical experience with a difference

The compact and cosmopolitan city of Lancaster has a vibrant cultural scene during the summer, including the UK's biggest Walkabout Theatre experience.

Location: Lancaster, Lancashire

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Murder Mystery Weekend

Murder Mystery Weekend

Elaborate plots, professional actors and the chance to play detective.

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

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See the classic works of Gilbert & Sullivan in Harrogate

See the classic works of Gilbert & Sullivan in Harrogate

Experience the witty, satirical libretto of Gilbert and the glorious music of Sullivan at the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival throughout August.

Location: Harrogate, North yorkshire

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Celebrate the 250th birthday of Bristol Old Vic

Celebrate the 250th birthday of Bristol Old Vic

The oldest continually working theatre in the world celebrates its 250th birthday in 2016 with special celebrations.

Location: Bristol

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Learn from a quarter of a century of acting know-how

Learn from a quarter of a century of acting know-how

Let your budding thespians tread the boards in style, with Warwick's famous acting troupe.

Location: Warwick, Warwickshire

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Toe tapping & hip wiggling at the Norfolk & Norwich Festival

Toe tapping & hip wiggling at the Norfolk & Norwich Festival

For 17 days during May, Norwich becomes a hotbed of international art and performance creating a plethora of entertainment for all ages.

Location: Norwich, Norfolk

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Paint the town red with a London hotel and theatre break

Paint the town red with a London hotel and theatre break

Take in the bright lights of London’s prestigious West End and its many fantastic musicals on a short break in the capital.

Location: London

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Shakespeare and nature on Brownsea Island

Shakespeare and nature on Brownsea Island

See Shakespeare acted out in the open air, part of this summer’s theatre programme on the National Trust’s Brownsea Island in Dorset.

Location: Poole Harbour, Dorset

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Get Down to business at Upfest

Get Down to business at Upfest

Europe's largest street art and graffiti festival is now a firmly established part of the Bristol calendar with over 250 artists coming from around the world to take part.

Location: Bristol

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Catch a performance at the Barbican

Catch a performance at the Barbican

The architecturally renowned centre opened in 1982, and is a world class arts venue pushing the boundaries of all major art forms.

Location: London, Greater London

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Get the giggles at Bath Comedy Festival

Get the giggles at Bath Comedy Festival

Laugh your socks off at Bath’s premier comedy event -– as it continues to grow.

Location: Bath, Somerset

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Enjoy a show at the Bristol Hippodrome

Enjoy a show at the Bristol Hippodrome

If you’ve been to London, seen all the shows, got the T-shirt (and the signed programmes), then how about taking your seats somewhere different for a change?

Location: Bristol

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