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Chepstow Festival

Open-air theatre in Chepstow Castle
15th June 2019 - 20th July 2019


Chepstow Festival presents a feast of outdoor theatre from mid June to mid July in the spectacular surroundings of Chepstow Castle, with seven productions spread over the weeks that promise to satisfy a wide range of appetites and audiences. One of the pleasures of an evening at Theatre in the Castle is enjoying a leisurely picnic with friends and family too so the experience becomes a real feast!

There are two productions especially for young people that are great family shows, enjoyed as much by adults as children. Illyria bring to life a tale from the Arabian Nights, Ali Baba & the Forty Thieves, with their usual brilliant staging and skilful effects it's packed with cliff-hangers, larger-than-life characters, laughs galore, and the most magical cave you’ve ever seen! Heartbreak Productions have another adaptation of best selling author David Walliams' books, a tale full of forbidden fun, Gangsta Granny, the grandma with a secret life as international jewel thief.

The works of two great women writers from the 19th century feature this summer. Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, first published just over 100 years ago and never out of print since, is given the Illyria treatment featuring a fully orchestrated musical score, a cast of professional actor singers, spectacular stage effects, puppetry – and flashes of the wickedly dark humour for which Illyria is justly celebrated. Emily Brontë's classic tale of love and revenge, Wuthering Heights, is adapted by Heartbreak Productions, who invite the audience on a search for the restless spirits of Cathy and Heathcliff amongst the ruins of their home on the moors. By contrast the same company bring an evening of sparkling entertainment, nostalgic music, and delicious one liners with Noël Coward's celebrated 1930 comedy Private Lives.

A programme of outdoor theatre could not be complete without Shakespeare, designed for touring troupes playing beneath the sky over 400 years ago. Heartbreak has updated the tale of star crossed lovers, Romeo & Juliet to a 21st century red-carpet event where the two warring families are notorious celebs amid a social media buzz. Illyria play Shakespeare as close to the original in content and Elizabethan style, performing the text uncut with 5 actors and including live music and song, renowned for their clarity, quality and ingenuity this year they turn to The Tempest, Shakespeare's final play, lyrical thought-provoking and raucously funny.

Illyria complies with the Equity Union's Outdoor Touring Theatre Guidelines and ensures that all its actors are paid a fair living wage and treated with respect and dignity.

Theatre in Chepstow Castle Summer 2019

15 June - Romeo and Juliet - Heartbreak Productions 7.30pm
16 June - Private Lives - Heartbreak Productions 7.30pm
28 June - Wuthering heights- Heartbreak Productions 7.30pm
29 June - Ali Baba and the Fourty Thieves - Illyria 7pm
5   July - The Tempest - Illyria 7.30pm
18 July - Gangster Granny - Heartbreak Productions 7pm
20 July- Frankenstein - Illyria 7.30pm

Tickets for all of the theatre productions in the Castle can be bought in person from Chepstow Museum, open daily (closed Wednesdays)11 AM - 4 PM.

Tickets for Illyria performances can be bought online


Tickets for all of the productions can be bought in person or by telephone with a debit or credit card from Chepstow Museum, Bridge street, Chepstow. Open daily except Wednesday 11 AM - 4 PM telephone (01291) 625981 These tickets will be posted or available for collection at the gate before the performance. £1 per transaction if posted

Castle gates open 45min. before performance starts. Bring low-backed folding chairs, rugs etc. Picnics welcome. Refunds only in the event of cancellation of performance.

Concessions for full-time students and those in receipt of state pensions. Family ticket 2 adults & 2 children

Ticket prices for all Theatre in the Castle productions are

£14 Full, £12 Conc., Child (under16) £10,  £42 Family

At gate £16 Full, £14 Conc., Child (under16) £12,  £50 Family





  • Film and Theatre
  • For the Family


Chepstow Castle
NP16 5EY
O/S Ref: ST 533940

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