The Watermill Theatre in Newbury has announced an outdoor summer season with performances from 21 May to 4 September 2021.
Following a sell-out 2020 season, the Watermill Theatre Newbury has announced a new summer season for 2021. The season will comprise the acclaimed comedy adaptation of The Hound Of The Baskervilles, the Watermill Ensemble production of As You Like It and a concert version of Stiles and Drewe’s musical Just So.
The first show opening on 21 May on the front lawn is the return of the critically acclaimed comedy version of Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic Sherlock Holmes tale, The Hound Of The Baskervilles. A trio of actors bring this production to life, devised by the company and directed by Abigail Pickard Price. Performances take place from Friday 21 May – Saturday 19 June 2021.
This will be followed by the Watermill Ensemble’s brand-new sustainability focussed production of Shakespeare’s As You Like It, adapted by Yolanda Mercy and directed by Paul Hart, with a cast of twelve actor-musicians and an atmospheric modern folk soundscape, inspired by the music of Mumford & Sons, Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver and Taylor Swift. AsYou Like It will open on the main lawn on Thursday 24 June and run until Saturday 24 July 2021. With a focus on eco-friendly practices both on and off stage, this season marks a new direction for the venue in terms of sustainability and access for future generations.
The third production will be a new semi-staged concert version of Stiles & Drewe’s Just So. This wondrous family musical blends five of Rudyard Kipling’s Just So stories to tell a tale of courage, friendship and the power of an individual to make a difference. Directed by Abigail Pickard Price, with Tarek Merchant as the Musial Director, Just So will run from Friday 30 July to Saturday 4 September 2021.
The Watermill Theatre gardens will be socially distanced and dining options are being offered by the theatre throughout the season.