Castle serves up a summer of sensational shows

Posted on: Tuesday, June 13, 2023

The stunning grounds of Newark Castle are set to host another season of fantastic outdoor theatre this summer. Across July and August, six shows will delight audiences young and old with sensational stories told against this remarkable historic backdrop.

Gripping thriller The 39 Steps will kick off the entertainment on Tuesday 25 July as Jonathan Goodwin stars in John Buchan’s much-loved tale. The theme of classic literature continues throughout the programme with Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility brought to life by Chapterhouse Theatre Company on Wednesday 2 August, a Sherlock Holmes mystery in The Sign of Four on Thursday 10 August and Oscar Wilde’s terrifically witty comedy The Importance of Being Earnest on Wednesday 30 August.

There’s family fun too with magical pantomime adventure The Little Mermaid on Wednesday 16 August and, of course, no season of outdoor theatre would be complete without Shakespeare; Illyria present an evening of yearning, romance, music and joy at Twelfth Night on Tuesday 22 August.

Councillor Paul Peacock, Leader of Newark and Sherwood District Council, said: “Newark Castle is a dramatic location in its own right so hosting these performances here is a special way for our residents to both engage with culture and to celebrate this important monument. The town is packed with great eateries and delis for picnics too so visitors will find it easy to make a night or day out of it, supporting our brilliant local businesses as well enjoying entertainment in a unique and impressive setting.”

Pack your picnics and blankets and settle in for a great evening of entertainment in the summer sunshine. Find the full Palace at the Castle programme and book now at