Plenty of drama in the great outdoors in Leeds

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Temple Newsam’s pop and opera concerts may have been axed but it still has plenty to offer people who want to soak up some summertime culture under the stars.

The historic Leeds estate is playing host this month to a series of outdoor productions of newly-adapted classics that has been dubbed Theatre in the Park.

A production of Pride and Prejudice.

A production of Pride and Prejudice.

Peter Pan and the Lost Boys, Macbeth and Pride and Prejudice will each be performed on an outdoor stage on the estate’s west lawn.

The early evening shows are being put on by Warwickshire-based theatre company Heartbreak Productions as part of a nationwide tour.

Maddy Kerr, executive director at the company, said: “Outdoor theatre is a fantastic, relaxed and inclusive experience.

“People can sit down when the sun is shining, hopefully, then watch the plays as dusk falls.”

The temporary arena being put in place for the productions includes around 100 covered seats.

Peter Pan and the Lost Boys runs next Wednesday to Friday, August 13 to 15.

Macbeth comes to Temple Newsam from August 20 to 22 while Pride and Prejudice’s run is from August 27 to 29.

As previously reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post, Temple Newsam’s traditional Party in the Park and Opera in the Park concerts are not taking place this year due to budget pressures at Leeds City Council.

For ticket details and other information about Theatre in the Park, visit the website.

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