Comedy, drama and action set against the tranquil
backdrop of Norwich's varied parkland - the perfect way to experience
some of the best open-air theatre you'll see in Norfolk.
Organised by Norwich City Council and local theatre
companies, the series offers something for all the family with its
mix of amateur and professional productions.
The programme for 2004 includes fairy tale fun
with Baron Bolligrew and stories from the Caribbean, to The Street,
the latest work by Crude Apache.
Jo Edye is the play's director.
"The Street was inspired by Crude Apache's
previously successful local history shows," he said.
"We've already done Kett's Rebellion, Billie
Bluelight and the Norman takeover of Anglo-Saxon Norwich. These
proved popular with audiences.
"I always thought Argyle Street, Norwich's
infamous squat of the early 80's, would make a great story and it
is interesting telling a slightly more contemporary piece of history,"
review of The Street
Theatre in the Parks started in 1991 when the local
university theatre group put on two plays in the city parks.
More than 10 years later, the event is now a highly
successful outdoor theatre festival and an important cultural event
in the city's summer events calendar.
Norwich City Council's Event Manager, Helen Selleck
said: "It is a joint project between Norwich City Council and local
"Performances are free to allow greater access
to live theatre. This approach has encouraged
new and large audiences and a strong following has developed over
the years," she added.
Programme of events
In addition to the Theatre In The Parks series,
the Marsh Children's Outdoor Theatre Festival will be providing
free theatre for children through the summer holidays.
If you're looking for more ideas for the kid's
over the summer holidays, visit
our kids' section.