The idyllic, stone built, Tuckwell Amphitheatre is the perfect setting for Cheltenham's annual Open Air Theatre Festival, which returns this summer 2-12 August 2022. Surrounded by lush trees and shrubs and sheltered from the outside world, this magical venue attracts the very best in touring open-air theatre from across the UK.
Locals and visitors this summer can look forward to a line-up that will have them laughing their socks off, singing their hearts out and gripped in wonder.
Opening on Tuesday 2 August, family favourites Immersion Theatre bring their production of Rapunzel to the amphitheatre.
Back by popular demand from loyal festival audiences, Slapstick Picnic’s wild[e] production of The Importance of Being Earnest, Opera Anywhere with the ingeniously witty Iolanthe, Heartbreak Productions bring another duo of shows, adding their signature style to Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night (as you’ve never seen it before) and Charlotte Brontë’s classic, Jane Eyre – in full carnival spectacular!
Cheltenham's very own Peter Gill returns for his ever-popular Swinging Summer Evening; and Jenny Wren presents Shakespeare’s summertime classic, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
New to the festival for 2022, a double bill from DOT productions, bringing their renowned comedic style to Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book and George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion.
Ending the festival on a high, ‘Cinema Under the Stars’ is going all out this year with two much-loved movies. Audiences will have the time of (their) lives watching smash hit film Dirty Dancing, starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey on 11 August. The second night of cinema on 12 August celebrates 20 years since its release. Join us for a razzle dazzle night under the stars with Chicago, starring Richard Gere, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Renée Zellweger.
Alongside these incredible shows, festival highlights include fabulous food and a fully stocked bar and café, all within the magical surroundings of the idyllic amphitheatre. The team at the Tuckwell can’t wait to welcome you back!
Tickets are selling fast, so we advise booking now to avoid disappointment. Tickets may be bought online at bacontheatre.co.uk or from the Box Office on 01242 258002.
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Road DirectionsBy car:
The Bacon Theatre, Prince Michael Hall and Tuckwell Amphitheatre are just minutes from the Junction 11 on the M5 and only 1½ miles from Cheltenham town centre.
The Bacon Theatre and Prince Michael Hall are accessed via the Hatherley Road entrance to Dean Close School. Simply follow the brown tourism signs from either end of the Hatherley Road. For satellite navigation purposes only, enter the postcode GL51 6EP. The Tuckwell Amphitheatre is accessed from Shelburne Road (GL51 6HE) which may also be approached from Hatherley Road. There is free on-site parking available at both sites. Please be aware that spaces cannot be guaranteed during busy periods so please allow plenty of time for parking.
Public Transport DirectionsBy rail:
The Bacon Theatre is ½ mile from Cheltenham Spa railway station, with direct links to London Paddington, Birmingham New Street and Bristol Temple Meads.
Buses 97 and 98 from Gloucester stop in Hatherley Road near to the Bacon Theatre drive. The 94 bus from Gloucester stops on the Lansdown Road. The D bus from Cheltenham stops in Shelburne Road.