Open Air Theatre Weekend

13 and 14 July 2013

We are delighted to bring to your attention the 10th and final year of Nicholas Barber’s Open Air Theatre in aid of the Ashmolean Museum.

Saturday 13 July: Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet

performed by The Festival Players

Sunday 14 July: Lewis Carroll’s Alice

performed by Heartbreak Productions

at Burners Cottage, Rowley Lane, Wexham, Buckinghamshire, SL3 6PD

Nicholas writes:

We are once again organising a theatre weekend as a fundraiser for Oxford's Ashmolean Museum. It's always a fun occasion and for an excellent cause. Come if you can and/or forward this message to like-minded people. And think of coming both nights - this year's pricing provides an incentive to do this.  


Most people bring a picnic. We will have a few picnic tables - if you would like to reserve one please tell us the numbers. First come first served.


We're on track to exceed the fundraising target we set ourselves when we started out - warm thanks indeed to our many supporters who've been contributing to this. Now, going into our 10th season, we've decided it's time to stop. So this year is our finale - it's your last chance to come!

An American theatre professional who came a couple of years ago wrote:

What an amazing event, so gloriously situated at Burners Cottage! I am so very pleased to have been witness to the evening. The cultural tradition of travelling players performing at country houses is also a rich component of English theatre history. The production, I thought, was terrific -- energized, imaginative, and lucidly rendered.  The actors played the multiple roles with skill and clarity and the narrative flowed at a lively tempo.  I love this kind of theatre and wish I could have seen the tempest too. These "are such things as dreams are made on". I also enjoyed a walk around your meandering back paths. Darwin would approve of the invitation. The byways invite contemplation. The sacred grove and little Chinese ceramic pagoda (or whatever it should properly be called) are treats to come upon. The gardens are wonderful.

Read about the OUS Three Shires visit to last year’s production of Richard III here.