The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Surrey Edition

The best open air cinema and theatre in Surrey

5 Jul 2016

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Nothing screams summer quite like a spot of culture under the stars. Here’s our guide to the best shows and films in the beautiful parks and gardens in Surrey. You pack a picnic, I’ll bring the Pimms! Oh, and it might be wise to bring a blanket and a brolly too! This is Britain, after all!

Hatchlands Park, East Clandon

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Much Ado About Nothing Sun 7 Aug
Join the Lord Chamberlain’s Men for their production of Shakespeare’s classic comedy. Set in the Italian countryside, Benedick and Beatrice discover the cause of their bickering. Gates open 6.30pm, show is from 7pm-10pm. Tickets: adults £16, child £8, family £40. Booking essential.

Dotty the Dragon Thur 11 Aug
Follow the adventure of this cuddly baby fire dragon, as Blunderbus Theatre brings this big-hearted tale of friendship, told with magical songs, enchanting music and puppetry. Gates open 5pm, show is from 5.30-7.30pm. Tickets: adults £12, child £8, family £32. Booking essential.

Sense and Sensibility Wed 17 Aug
An evening of Regency wonderment comes to Hatchlands as Elinor and Marianne Dashwood make their forst forays into 18th century society. The Chapterhouse Theatre Company bring you this Jane Austen classic. Gates open 6.30pm, show is from 7pm-10pm. Tickets: adults £16, child £8, family £40. Booking essential.

The Wizard of Oz Tues 23 Aug
Click your heels, journey over the rainbow, and follow the yellow brick road for Immersion Theatre’s outdoor family pantomime. Gates open 5pm, show is from 5.30-7.30pm. Tickets: adults £12, child £8, family £32. Booking essential.

Hatchlands Park, East Wing Hatchlands, East Clandon, Guildford GU4 7RT. Tel: 01483 444 334. nationaltrust.org.uk

 

Dapdune Wharf, Guildford

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The Water Babies Sat 6 & Sun 7 Aug
Join Tom the chimney sweep on his underwater adventures as he journeys to the sea with snooty salmon, snappy lobsters and fairy Bedonebyasyoudid in this adaptation by amateur theatre group, The Herald Players. It’s suitable for ages five and over. And there’s a plan B, to move the performance indoors if it rains. Tickets: adults £12, child £8, family £32. Bookings essential. 01483 561389

Dapdune Wharf, Wharf Road, Guildford, GU1 4RR. nationaltrust.org.uk

 

Summer Nights Film Festival, Wisley RHS Gardens, Woking

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The Martian (12A), Fri 15 July
Matt Damon plays a lone astronaut who, after an accident, is abandoned on Mars stranded with only his ingenuity to save him. He must find a way to survive, then signal Earth and subsist until the rescue can arrive. Doors open 7.30, screening 9.45pm. Tickets: £13 per person, under 5s free. Bookings essential.

Dirty Dancing (12A), Sat 16 July
“Nobody puts Baby in the corner!” And certainly not Patrick Swayze in this Eighties feel-good flick. I couldn’t think of a better film to watch under the stars in the Wisley Gardens. Doors open 7.30, screening 9.45pm. Tickets: £13 per person, under 5s free. Bookings essential.

Wisley RHS Gardens, Woking, GU23 6QB. Tel: 01332 290606. rhs.org.uk

 

Claremont Landscape Garden, Esher

View from top of the grass Amphitheatre at Claremont Landscape Garden, Surrey. The Amphitheatre was created around 1722 by Charles Bridgeman.

Much Ado About Nothing Sun  17 July

The Lord Chamberlain’s Men return with their interpretation of Shakespeare’s classic play, performed against the backdrop of this stunning landscape garden. Show is from 7pm-10pm. Tickets: adults £16, child £8, family £40. Booking essential.

Claremont Landscape Garden, Portsmouth Rd, Esher, KT10 9JG. Tel: 0844 2491895. nationaltrust.org.uk

 

Ham House and Gardens, Richmond

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Much Ado About Nothing Sat 9 July

The Lord Chamberlain’s Men, an award winning all-male company present Shakespeare’s classic play, performed in the beautiful gardens at Ham. Show is from 7pm-9.30pm. Tickets: adults £16, child £8, family £40. Booking essential.

Ham House, Ham Street, Ham, Richmond-upon-Thames, Surrey, TW10 7RS. Tel:020 8940 1950. nationaltrust.org.uk

 

The Luna Cinema, Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey

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Pretty Woman (15), Fri 12 Aug
Ahh. What’s not to love. Gorgeous Jules as the sassy prostitute meets and falls in love with hunky Richard Gere’s rich banker. This is Nineties cinema at its best. Tickets: general admission £17.50, premium tickets £30 (incl deckchair and a complimentary drink plus speedy service at the Luna Bar). Doors open 6.45pm, film starts 8.30pm.

Jaws (12A), Sat 13 Aug
I’m not sure I can really remember the storyline of this timeless classic, but it involves sharks, teenagers, beaches, and that oh-so-recognisable music. It’s a timeless classic. Tickets: general admission £17.50, child (3-15 years) £13.50, premium tickets £30 (incl deckchair and a complimentary drink plus speedy service at the Luna Bar). Doors open 6.45pm, film starts 8.30pm.

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (12), Fri 2 Sept
Another flick from the Nineties, this one with hottie Kev Cosntner stealing from the rich to give to the poor. Tickets: general admission £17.50, child (3-15 years) £13.50, premium tickets £30 (incl deckchair and a complimentary drink plus speedy service at the Luna Bar). Doors open 6.30pm, film starts 8pm.

Notting Hill (15), Sat 3 Sept
Another classic Julia Roberts rom-com, also starring Hugh Grant. You can’t go wrong really. Tickets: general admission £17.50, premium tickets £30 (incl deckchair and a complimentary drink plus speedy service at the Luna Bar). Doors open 6.30pm, film starts 8pm.

Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, KT8 9AU. Tel: 0844 858 6767. thelunacinema.com

 

The Luna Cinema, Kew Gardens, Richmond

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Star Wars – The Force Awakens (12A), Wed 24 Aug
A bit of fantasy/sci-fi action, moving ahead 30 years after the defeat of the Galactic Empire. Han Solo and Luke Skywalker make a come-back joining forces with a couple of younger heroes. Tickets: general admission £18, child (5-15 years) £13.50, family ticket (2 adults, 2 children) £50, premium tickets £32 (incl deckchair and a complimentary drink plus speedy service at the Luna Bar). Bookings here. Doors open 7pm, film starts 8pm.

Jurassic Park (PG), Thurs 25 Aug
A spectacle of special effects and life-like animatronics, with some of Steven Spielberg’s best sequences as dinosaurs break free and cause havoc. Tickets: general admission £16.50,child (5-15 years) £12, family ticket (2 adults, 2 children) £47, premium tickets £39 (incl deckchair and a complimentary drink plus speedy service at the Luna Bar). Bookings here. Doors open 7pm, film starts 8pm.

Mean Girls (12), Wed 7 Sept
I’ve never seen this 2004 American teen comedy, but it was written by Tina Fey, and that’s good enough for me, and probably explains why it gained a cult following. Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Tina Fey and Amanda Seyfried all star. Tickets: general admission £16.50,child (5-15 years) £12, family ticket (2 adults, 2 children) £47, premium tickets £29 (incl deckchair and a complimentary drink plus speedy service at the Luna Bar). Bookings here. Doors open 6.15pm, film starts 7.45pm.

Labyrinth (U), Thurs 8 Sept
An Eighties British/American fantasy film, directed by Jim Henson, produced by George Lucas and starring David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly. Tickets: general admission £16.50,child (5-15 years) £12, family ticket (2 adults, 2 children) £47, premium tickets £29 (incl deckchair and a complimentary drink plus speedy service at the Luna Bar). Bookings here. Doors open 6.15pm, film stars 7.45pm.

Kew Gardens, Richmond, TW9 3AB. Tel: 0844 858 6767. thelunacinema.com

 

Theatre in the Park, Frimley Lodge Park, Frimley

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Romeo and Juliet, Sat 17 July
The GB Theatre Company brings you comedy and tragedy in Shakespeare’s popular play. They promise amazing fighting scenes and tender loving moments. It’s accompanied by live music. Tickets: £15. Bookings here. Show starts 6pm.

Frimley Lodge Park, Sturt Road, Frimley, GU16 6HY. Tel: 01276 707600. surreyheath.gov.uk

 

Sunset Cinema, Guildford Cathedral

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Jurassic World Fri 9 Sept
The Cathedral’s front lawn plays host to a open air cinema as Sunset Cinema brings the2 015 American science fiction adventure film and the fourth instalment of the Jurassic Park films to Guildford.  Tickets: £14.50. Bookings here. Gates open 7pm, film starts 8pm.

Grease Sat 10 Sept
Go back to the Seventies with this classic American musical starring Olivia Newton John as the wholesome Sandy and a leather-clad John Travolta as Danny. Go Grease lightening… Tickets: £14.50. Bookings here. Gates open 7pm, film starts 8pm.

Guildford Cathedral,  Stag Hill, Guildford GU2 7UP. thelittleboxoffice.com

 

Sunset Cinema, Haslemere Museum Gardens

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Dirty Dancing Fri 2 Sept
Good girl, Baby, gets swept off her feet by twinkle toes, bad boy, Johnny Castle. It’s pure sexy cheese with a stonking great soundtrack. Plus, Patrick Swayze appears aplenty without his shirt. What’s not to like? Tickets: £14.50. Bookings here. Gates open 7pm, film starts 8pm.

Haslemere Museum, 78 High St, Haslemere GU27 2LA. thelittleboxoffice.com

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