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Outdoor Theatre - The Tempest

Outdoor Theatre - The Tempest

We're excited to be welcoming award winning outdoor theatre company Illyria who are bringing their fabulous production of The Tempest to Thirlestane Castle on Sunday 21st July 2019.

The magician Prospero is marooned on an island with his daughter Miranda. With the assistance of a powerful air spirit he keeps in servitude, he conjures up a storm to shipwreck his enemies on the shore of the island. Inexorably they are driven towards the centre of the island to answer to Prospero – until Prospero learns that in spite of everything Miranda has met and fallen in love with Ferdinand, the son of his enemy. Which is greater – his thirst for revenge or his aptitude for forgiveness?

Now in its 28th year, Illyria has delighted audiences the length and breadth of the UK, and in the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, France, the United States and Canada performing some of the most well-loved productions on offer. The company has won 4 international “Best Performance" awards and attracted numerous "5-star" and "Critics' Choice" reviews for the lively clarity of its approach to Shakespeare's plays.

Picnic with family and friends in the picturesque surroundings of Thirlestane Castle for the perfect evening of magical theatre with a stunning backdrop. The gates open at 5pm so you can find the perfect picnic spot before the performance at 6pm.

Tickets are still available priced at £14 for Adults, £8 for Children and £40 for a Family (2 Adults and 2 Children). They can be purchased at, in advance at the castle or on the night at the gate.

Guests are advised to bring low-backed seating or a rug to sit on. This is also an all-weather outdoor event so please come prepared with waterproofs or sunscreen. Only in exceptional circumstances will the performance be cancelled and refunds offered.

There will be a bar on the night to purchase snacks, soft drinks, tea/coffee and alcoholic drinks. You can also bring your own picnics and refreshments.