Enjoy open air performances in Winchester this summer

Winchester’s summer season of open air performances combines some of literature’s best loved stories performed against the historic backdrop of England’s ancient capital.

Here are just some of the upcoming performances:

The Importance of Being Earnest at Wolvesey Gardens - 17 July at 7:30pm
The Rain or Shine Theatre Company presents Oscar Wilde's classic comedy of manners, morals and morality in the gardens of the ruins of Winchester's medieval Bishop's Palace. Tickets: £12.40

As You Like It at Wickham Vineyard - 25 July at 6pm
The Villagers Open Air Shakespeare Group perform Shakespeare's popular comedy of love, mistaken identity, exile and return. Tickets: £6

Pride and Prejudice at Winchester Cathedral - 5 and 6 August at 7:30pm
The resting place of Jane Austen showcases this imaginative adaptation of Pride and Prejudice performed in the Cathedral’s inner close, which itself is just a stone’s throw from Jane Austen’s final home. Tickets: £12.50

Robin Hood at Winchester Cathedral – 29 August at 5pm
Cambridge Touring Theatre presents their very funny musical romp through the world of Robin Hood, Friar Tuck, the Sheriff of Nottingham and Maid Marian. Suitable for children aged 3 and above. Tickets: £12.50

Cllr Dominic Hiscock, Winchester City Council's Portfolio Holder for Economic Prosperity, said: “It’s a delight to see so many attractions open up their outside spaces to welcome the public to enjoy the arts against some of Winchester’s most beautiful settings. We have worked with local businesses, including Hampshire Hospitality Award-winning local eateries and hotels, to make sure that the wider economic benefits can be realised as we encourage visitors to spend the night in Winchester and enjoy an open air performance.”

To coincide with the open air events, local eateries such as The Bridge Patisserie are offering freshly-made takeaway picnics for those wanting to make the most of the open air entertainment.

For more information on the performances, go to www.visitwinchester.co.uk