Manchester Open Air Theatre shows at Chorlton Park

Last year's Manchester Open Air Theatre in Chorlton
Last year's Manchester Open Air Theatre in Chorlton

Five classic tales will be brought to life in a pop-up 500-seat outdoor theatre in Chorlton this summer.

Presented by Northern Rep, Manchester Open Air Theatre (MOAT) will run from July 31 to September 2 in Chorlton Park.

The five productions – Macbeth, The Jungle Book, The Importance of Being Earnest, Peter Pan and Hamlet will be presented in rep over five weeks.

The same core company of actors, stage managers, designers and the director, create and perform all the of the shows.

Thomas Moore, artistic director of Northern Rep, said: “Following last year’s hit summer season; Plays in the Park, we can’t wait to bring Manchester Open Air Theatre to Chorlton Park this summer. This season has something for everyone. 

“The Jungle Book and Peter Pan are going to be a treat for both little and big kids. We have two of the greatest dramas of all time; Macbeth & Hamlet. And to top it off we have the hilariously outrageous The Importance of Being Earnest. 

Don’t miss what is going to be a brilliant summer.”

For the first time, the MOAT season will run alongside the inaugural Manchester Wine Festival, which Northern Rep is also bringing to Chorlton Park.

Be taken on a journey around the world in 80 wines. With the opportunity to try wines you never knew existed and to find out more about some old favourites, Manchester Wine Festival 17 is perfect for both newbies and experts.

Manchester Open Air Theatre listing information

Where: Chorlton Park, Nell Lane, Chorlton, Manchester, M21 7UD

What’s On:

  • Macbeth. Mon 31 Jul – Sat 5 Aug. Recommended for ages 13+
  • The Jungle Book. Mon 7 – Sat 12 Aug. Recommended for ages 3+
  • The Importance of Being Earnest. Mon 14 – Sat 19 Aug. Recommended for ages 13+
  • Peter Pan. Mon 21 – Sat 26 Aug. Recommended for ages 5+
  • Hamlet Mon 28 Aug – Sat 2 Sep. Recommended for ages 13+

How much: Tickets £20

Getting there: Travel to Manchester Open Air Theatre by Metrolink. St Weburgh’s Road and Barlow Moor Road stations are a three-minute walk away

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