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Festival, from 18 Jul 2019


Chepstow Festival

Chepstow Festival


Town Centre,
NP16 5EY

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Chepstow Festival presents a feast of outdoor theatre from mid-June to mid-July in the spectacular surroundings of Chepstow Castle, with seven productions to satisfy a wide range of appetites and audiences.

There are two especially for youngsters - 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 brilliant staging it's packed with cliff-hangers, larger-than-life characters and laughs galore. Heartbreak Productions have another popular 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 19th century women writers feature this summer. Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, is given the Illyria treatment featuring a fully orchestrated musical score, 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 isn't 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, 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.

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Event details

Dates Times
Thu 18 Jul 2019 19:00
Sat 20 Jul 2019 19:30
Sat 15 June 7.30pm Romeo & Juliet
Sun 16 June, 7.30pm Private Lives
Friday 28 June, 7.30pm Wuthering Heights
Saturday 29 June 7pm, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves
Friday 5 July 7.30pm The Tempest
Thurs 18 July 7pm Gangsta Granny
Saturday 20 July 7.30pm Frankenstein

7.30pm, Gates open 6.45pm, 7pm gates open 6.15pm


Tickets £14 full, £12 concession, £10 child (under 16s), £42 family (2+2) in advance from Chepstow Museum tel 01291 625981 (11-4)
On the gate on the night £16 full /£14 conc /£12 child / £50 family

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    Map reference: ST 534941  Lat: 51.64375 Long: -2.67483

    M4 Eastbound Junction 23 or Westbound Junction 21 and take the M48; at Junction 2 take the A466 & A48 for Chepstow.

    Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Chepstow station


    • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
    • Gift shopGift shop
    • Picnic sitePicnic site
    • Public toiletsPublic toilets
    • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
    • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
    • Children welcomeChildren welcome
    • Disabled accessDisabled access