Leicestershire outdoor cinema and theater events you can enjoy this spring and summer

A trip to the cinema or theater is always a fun way to spend a couple of hours, isn’t it? It could be even more fun if you’re watching the action in the great outdoors.

As the weather warms up, there are some fantastic events taking place at beautiful locations across Leicestershire over the next few months. We’ve put together a selection of films and shows that are taking place around the county – from theater shows to enjoy with the family to movie showings that would be ideal for a date night.

Why not take a look and see what you fancy watching…

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The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert – Friday May 20 – The Green Place, Sileby

This film (15) stars Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce and Terence Stamp as two drag performers and a transgender woman traveling across the desert to perform their unique style of cabaret. The film starts at 8.50pm but you can visit early and enjoy the bar and barbecue.

The seating area will be covered in the event of rain. Tickets are £7.50 and can be bought online.

Carousel, Tuesday May 24 – Sunday July 3 – Kilworth House Theater

Why not pay a visit to this unique open-air theater, in the grounds of Kilworth House Hotel? Carousel tells the poignant story of Julie and her carnival barker husband Billy Bigelow, and includes such much-loved classics as ‘Mister Snow’, ‘If I Loved You’, ‘June Is Bustin’ Out All Over’, ‘When The Children Are Asleep’ and ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’.

Tickets from £42. Book via the website.

West Side Story, Friday June 10; Mamma Mia!, Saturday June 11; The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Sunday June 12 – Belvoir Castle

Adventure Cinema is bringing three evenings of open-air cinema to this beautiful venue. Take your pick from West Side Story (12A) Mamma Mia! (PG) and The Rocky Horror Picture Show (12).

All showings will begin at 9.55pm, with gates opening at 8.30pm. Picnics are welcome, and there will be food and drink available to purchase. Standard tickets are £14.50 and can be booked via the website.



Belvoir Castle

Half a Sixpence, Tuesday July 19 – Sunday August 28 – Kilworth House Theater

This new award-winning stage version of the musical comedy is inspired by HG Wells’ semi-autobiographical book Kipps: The Story of a Simple Soul, and is described as a completely fresh adaptation for the modern age. It features songs including ‘Flash, Bang, Wallop!’, ‘Money to Burn’ and of course ‘Half A Sixpence’.

Tickets from £42. Book via the website.

Romeo and Juliet, Friday August 19 – De Montfort Hall

De Montfort Hall’s summer outdoor theater performances begin with this production of Romeo and Juliet by Chapterhouse Theater Company. You’ll be able to see a troupe of Shakespearean players performing the greatest love story ever told in magical surroundings. Begins 7pm.

Tickets £19, children £12, family of four £52. Book via the website.

Awful Auntie, Saturday August 20 – De Montfort Hall

Heartbreak productions presents David Williams’ Awful Auntie, adapted for the outdoor stage. You’re invited to join in the dedication of the new playground at Saxby Hall and hear how it all came about. Make sure you bring a blanket or chair to sit on, weather-appropriate gear, and a picnic, as the tale could take some time to tell, and storytelling can be hungry work!

Begins 3pm.Tickets £12, children £19, group of four save £1.50 per ticket. Book via the website.

Pride and Prejudice, Sunday August 21 – De Montfort Hall

Take a step back in time and meet Elizabeth Bennett and her sisters. Whilst their interfering mother engineer’s various courtships, Elizabeth and Jane must pursue their own quest for true love. Can Elizabeth finally surpass her prejudices to see past the proud exterior of the enigmatic Mr Darcy?

Begins 3pm. Tickets £19, children £12, family of four £52. Book via the website.

Awful Auntie, Thursday August 25 – Belgrave Hall

Heartbreak productions’ Awful Auntie will also be performed at Belgrave Hall on August 25. Performance begins 6pm and is aimed at ages 7+. £15 Adults £10 Children (under 13) £45 Family (2 adults & 2 children) There is a free car park with limited spaces available. Book your tickets via the website here.

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