This database contains an indicative list of theatre companies within the UK who perform regularly or exclusively at open-air sites. We have included links to company websites, where you will find more details about the membership of individual companies, their past productions, and any upcoming performances.

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The HandleBards are cycling actors who carry their set props & costumes on their bikes, performing Shakespeare at outdoor theatre spaces across the UK.

The Pantaloons are an English touring theatre company specialising in open-air productions, dedicated to making theatre which is accessible yet intelligent.

Illyria Outdoor Theatre was created in 1991 to offer a varied programme of outstandingly enjoyable outdoor theatre, and to make productions available for everyone to see.

Moving Stories is a touring company, set up to create meaningful theatre productions that will engage, inspire and resonate with audience members from all walks of life.

Founded by Bill Mitchell in 2005, WildWorks make theatre with landscapes and people, telling the stories of the world they live in, in unexpected ways.

Chapterhouse Theatre Company are a touring company specialising in open air theatre productions.

Stamford Shakespeare Company stage seasonal open-air productions at Rutland Open Air Theatre, which is located in the grounds of Tolethorpe Hall.

The Lord Chamberlain’s Men is a UK all male theatre touring company, presenting Shakespeare’s work in the open air and with Elizabethan costume, music and dance.

Over the last thirteen years, Cambridge Touring Theatre have performed at over 300 theatres and venues to at least seventy five thousand people.

The Chiltern Shakespeare Company is an amateur company, which was founded in 1986 by Michael and Aviva Wiseman. A key objective of the company was and remains the raising of funds for selected charities.
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