Theatre Preview: Open Air Productions across Nottinghamshire

Chapterhouse is delighted to be returning to Nottinghamshire for their 25th anniversary summer tour. This summer, residents will have the opportunity to enjoy Chapterhouse’s Little Women and Beauty and the Beast at a number of stunning Nottinghamshire Venues, as well as attend three amazing open air tribute concerts from Chapterhouse’s music arm 21st Century Events in the beautiful Palace Gardens at Southwell Minster.

Little Women:

Newark Castle – Tuesday 30th July, 7pm

Newstead Abbey – Wednesday 24th July, 7pm

Nottingham Castle – Friday 16th August, 7pm

Beauty and the Beast:

Newstead Abbey – Friday 30th August, 6pm

Southwell Minster – Saturday 27th July, 7pm

21st Century Events at The Palace Gardens, Southwell Minster

21st Century ABBA Tribute – Thursday 11th July

Motown by Moonlight – Friday 12th July

The Upbeat Beatles – Thursday 1st August

Theatre and live music under the open sky are the perfect pastimes for those long summer evenings, and audiences are welcome to relax with a picnic while they watch the show unfold. Tickets for all shows and more details of Chapterhouse’s summer tours can be found at  

Beauty and the Beast
By Laura Turner

Join Chapterhouse Theatre Company this summer for a brand-new telling of this classic fairy tale. When an arrogant prince is cursed to live as a hideous beast, his only hope is a kindly young woman in search of a rose. Featuring a delightful cast of specially crafted puppets,

lively original songs and sparkling humor, Chapterhouse Theatre Company’s rollicking new adaptation of Beauty and the Beast is perfect for all the family!

Little Women

By Louisa May Alcott, adapted for the stage by Laura Turner

Chapterhouse Theatre Company are delighted to present Louisa May Alcott’s beloved coming of age story this summer. Meet headstrong Jo March and her sisters Meg, Amy, and Beth. Each sister is determined to pursue her own path in life, but though their dreams may be different, their family ties remain as strong as ever. An uplifting and heartfelt tale of the March sisters’ journey into adulthood and all the trials and triumphs that come with it, Little Women features authentic costuming and a beautiful musical score.

About the Play

Laura Turner’s deft adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s semi-autobiographical story of self-discovery, Little Women sees the March sisters- beautiful Meg, tomboy Jo, gentle Beth, and wilful Amy- through the adventures of their youth to the trials of young adulthood. Jo weighs the affections of the March’s neighbour Laurie against her dreams of becoming a writer, and Amy longs to be an accomplished artist. Meg is enamoured of the steadfast John Brooke, and Beth wishes only to keep her family happy and whole. Against the turbulent background of the American civil war, the March sisters come into their own and must hold fast to their dreams through love, loss, heartache, and hope.

21st Century ABBA Tribute

21st Century ABBA Tribute’s faithful recreation of ABBA’s signature harmonies and iconic looks makes for one electrifying live performance. Expect to hear all of ABBA’s greatest hits, including Dancing Queen, Mamma Mia, Waterloo and many more! Decked out in full disco costume, 21st Century ABBA Tribute combines stunning vocals, talented live musicians, and a uniquely beautiful outdoor setting to make one unforgettable concert.

Capitol Motown and Soul Band

Get ready for a magical evening of Motown by Moonlight, sundown soul, and disco at dusk! Capitol Motown and Soul Band are the perfect combination of sensational energy, talented vocalists, and polished musicians. Put on your dancing shoes as the sun goes down to the sound of young America and party to the timeless tunes of Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin and many more!

The Upbeat Beatles

Beatlemania is back! The finest tribute to the bestselling band of all time, The Upbeat Beatles capture the energy and heart of the original fab four with a setlist jam packed with hits. Take a journey through the Beatles’ incredible discography from Love me do to Let it be featuring multiple costume changes and unrivalled musicianship. Set in the stunning surroundings of one of the country’s most beautiful outdoor venues, this spectacular show is perfect for Beatles fans new and old alike.

About 21st Century Events Founded by experienced outdoor event organisers Chapterhouse Theatre Company and now in their fourth year of touring, 21st Century Events brings the songs you know and love to life in some of the UK and Irelands most beautiful outdoor venues including castles, gardens, and heritage sites. Featuring talented tribute bands specially chosen not just for their outstanding musical ability and showmanship but also their remarkable resemblances to the original artists, 21st Century Events open-air concerts are a “Family friendly funfest” (The Times) and the perfect way to spend a summer evening.

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