The ever-popular Outdoor Theatre and Cinema season will return to Markeaton Park Craft Village this June, July and August. Derby LIVE and Derby Parks will be bringing audiences thrilling shows from Oddsocks Productions, Babbling Vagabonds and Squashbox Theatre, as well as showings of classic films, and all in the beautiful surroundings of Markeaton Park.

Outdoor theatre

Oddsocks will be kicking off the season with their new adaptation of The Tempest (Thursday 14th to Saturday 16th June), bringing Shakespeare’s tale of illusion and revenge vividly to life in this musical sci-fi adaptation. Audiences will experience The Tempest like never before as they’re transported far off to a distant universe, where there’ll find Prospero, an ageing astronaut, his fearless daughter Miranda and a host of madcap aliens.

Oddsocks will once again be lighting up Markeaton Park with their ‘Mods and Rockers’ take on Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet (Tuesday 24th to Thursday 26th July). The trials and tribulations of two star-crossed lovers will be retold to a soundtrack of foot-tapping and well-loved anthems. Audiences can expect to be laughing throughout this twist on Shakespeare’s classic tragedy.

Tickets for both Oddsocks shows are available for £18, and £15 for under 16s. Book before Friday 1st June for £3 off.

After five hugely popular Christmas shows at the Guildhall Theatre, Babbling Vagabonds are back with an outdoor theatrical experience with A Wild Walk: The Golden Thief of Markeaton Park. Audiences can pit their wits against riddlers, puzzle makers and a tricksy wolf on the outdoor theatrical walk. This interactive experience, taking about an hour to complete, is ideal for families with young children. Audiences can join the walk from Friday 27th to Tuesday 31st July for just £5 in advance or £8 on the day. Under 3s go free but will require a ticket.

Outdoor cinema

The big screen makes its return to Markeaton Park Craft Village this August with two truly unique cinematic experiences. Derby LIVE invites audiences to grab their friends and popcorn, and have the time of their lives as they relive all their favourite moments of Dirty Dancing (Friday 3rd August). Baby (Jennifer Grey) is vacationing with her affluent family when the resort’s dance instructor, Johnny (Patrick Swayze), enlists Baby as his new partner, and the two fall in love. Baby’s father forbids her from seeing Johnny, but she’s determined to help him perform the last big dance of the summer.

The outdoor cinema experience is made complete by indulging in a Dirty Daiquiri cocktail from The Orangery for £4.95 Tickets to see the big lift on the big screen are available for £13; book before Saturday 30th June to save £2 a ticket.

Fans of the time warp can experience the weird and wonderful world of The Rocky Horror Picture Show in a new way this August. In this cult classic, sweethearts Brad (Barry Bostwick) and Janet (Susan Sarandon), stuck with a flat tire during a storm, discover the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry), a transvestite scientist. As their innocence is lost, Brad and Janet meet a houseful of wild characters. Viewers can get immersed in the Rocky Horror experience with a special Rocky Margarita cocktail from The Orangery for just £4.95. The cult classic will be showing on Saturday 4th August and tickets are available for £13; book before Saturday 30th June to save £2 a ticket.

Squashbox Theatre

Squashbox Theatre will be bringing a large dose of theatre to the season with their two shows: Stones and Bones and Curious Creatures. These educational and fun shows are appropriate for children aged 5+ and will be a treat for the whole family.

From Thursday 9th to Saturday 11th August, Squashbox will be showing Stones and Bones. This is an educational show all about archaeology and fossils, introducing children to their stone-age ancestors, showing them a volcano erupting before their eyes and even giving them a glimpse of a dinosaur or two. Squashbox promises thrills and spills galore, with lots of laughs, plenty of puppets, songs, slapstick, tall tales and crazy characters. This is not one for families to miss, with tickets just £9.

Squashbox will also perform Curious Creatures from Thursday 9th to Saturday 11th August, a show about curious creatures of all shapes and sizes. From performing fleas and skateboarding snails to gymnastic gerbils, this show has them all! With all of these curious creatures comes puppets, comedy, slapstick and live music, as well as loads of amazing natural history facts. Tickets for this show are available for £9; you can buy tickets for both Stones and Bones and Curious Creatures for £16.

Tasty offers

To complete the Outdoor Theatre and Cinema experience, The Orangery is offering several food packages at each of these events. The pizza platter, including an 11” margarita or pepperoni pizza, garlic bread and chunky chips, is available during all shows for £10.50. Also on offer for £10.50 is The Orangery’s Outdoor Tea, including tea or coffee, a meat or vegetarian sandwich selection and two slices of cake.

Tickets for the outdoor theatre and cinema season can be purchased through the Sales and Information Centre on 01332 255800, online at derbylive.co.uk or in person at the Sales and Information Centre on the Market Place, Derby, DE1 3AH.