Alfresco Theatre at the Hawth


The warm weather is here and with it comes a Summer of events that the whole family can enjoy out in the sunshine. Award-winning outdoor theatre company Illyria return to Crawley with four performances in the woodland amphitheatre.


Sun 21 June 3pm
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Superb theatre in the great outdoors as award-winning Illyria return to The Hawth’s woodland amphitheatre with the first of four new productions.
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice is the original boy-wizard story, most famously told in Disney’s Fantasia. An unmissable family treat – the kids will be spellbound!
‘Boundless energy and fabulously executed comic scenes’ Sunday Times
Bring a picnic and settle down for an afternoon to remember.


Thur 2 July 7pm
The Taming of the Shrew

Sparks are guaranteed to fly in Shakespeare’s rumbustious battle-of-the-sexes comedy, where nobody is exactly who they appear to be!
Illyria has been touring nationally and internationally since 1992, and is most widely celebrated for its productions of Shakespeare’s comedies.
So if you’re looking for a rip-roaring performance of a controversial Elizabethan comedy to tickle you on a summer’s evening, look no further. Bring a picnic and bring a second pair of socks – you’ll laugh the first ones off!

Thur 30 July 7pm

Gilbert and Sullivan’s most magical comic opera is set half in Fairyland, half in Westminster – although both places seem to be full of the same bumbling Lords. Its hilarious and surprisingly topical satire pokes fun at love, class and politics.
Here it gets the complete Illyria treatment, faithfully performed by a reduced cast and accompanied by a Musical Director on keyboard to leave you with a song in your heart.
Suitable for all ages 5+. Targeted at: all ages 10+


Thu 20 August 7pm
The Three Musketeers

All for One; One for All! Young D’Artagnan is desperate to join Athos, Porthos and Aramis as an elite Musketeer of the King’s Guard. But are his swashbuckling credentials sufficient? Find out as the fearless four survive the schemes of Cardinal Richelieu and cross swords with the deadly Milady de Winter. This production, specially adapted for international award-winning Illyria, is sumptuously costumed, fast-moving, and suitable for all ages 8 and above.


Tickets can be purchased from The Hawth Box Office on 01293 553636 or by visiting

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