Northern Rep’s ‘Manchester Open Air Theatre’ runs from 31 July to 2 September, 2017

From ‘the Scottish Play’ to Shere Khan, a handbag to ‘to be or not to be’, via the boy who never grew up – five classic tales will be brought to life in a pop-up 500 seat outdoor theatre in Manchester this summer.

Presented by Northern Rep, Manchester Open Air Theatre (MOAT) will run from Monday 31 July to Saturday 2 September in Chorlton Park.

Five productions, Macbeth (William Shakespeare), The Jungle Book (Rudyard Kipling), The Importance of Being Earnest (Oscar Wilde), Peter Pan (J.M. Barrie) and Hamlet (William Shakespeare) will be presented in rep over five weeks, with the same core company of actors, stage managers, designers and director working on all shows in the season.



Thomas Moore, Artistic Director of Northern Rep, said:

“Following last year’s hit summer season; Plays in the Park, we can’t wait to bring Manchester Open Air Theatre to Chorlton Park this summer. This season has something for everyone. 

The Jungle Book and Peter Pan are going to be a treat for both little and big kids. We have two of the greatest dramas of all time; Macbeth & Hamlet. And to top it off we have the hilariously outrageous comedy The Importance of Being Earnest.

Don’t miss what is going to be a brilliant summer.”


For the first time, the MOAT season will run alongside the inaugural Manchester Wine Festival, which Northern Rep is thrilled to be bringing to Chorlton Park.

Be taken on a journey around the world in 80 wines. With the opportunity to try wines you never knew existed and to find out more about some old favourites, Manchester Wine Festival 17 is perfect for both newbies and experts.


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