From an earth stage to a willow Globe: theatre goes al fresco in the UK

From an earth stage to a willow Globe: theatre goes al fresco in the UKAugust 6, 2020

With the reopening of indoor venues delayed, it’s open season for outdoor performances with companies heading out into the sunshine

If you want to watch live theatre in the UK, you currently have two options: go online or into the great outdoors. With stage four of the government’s roadmap to reopening indoor venues now delayed until 15 August at the earliest, it’s open air theatre season. This summer, a range of companies are putting on socially distanced productions to be enjoyed in the sunshine or under the stars.

Cirencester’s Barn theatre was quick off the mark to launch BarnFest, offering comedy, cabaret, circus and other performances with a family-friendly focus. The theatre’s artistic director, Iwan Lewis, says that when the government gave the go-ahead for outdoor performances, “we jumped on it immediately”.

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