Summer Outdoor Theatre is Back!


“After a horrible year for the entertainments industry, we will soon be able to make audiences smile again” says Jayne Meekings, producer of the professional Rain or Shine Theatre Company.

The theatre industry has arguably been one of the most impacted sectors during the pandemic, with venues closed since March 2020. Rain or Shine are at last set to delight family audiences once again this summer with our production of Oliver Goldsmith’s classic comedy She Stoops to Conquer, an 18th Century farce for all the family.

Outdoor events are clearly safer than indoors so indoors so along with the vaccination roll-out we are hoping that after 21st June we will be able to perform to audiences with fewer social distancing restrictions”.

“A reserved lover, it is said, always makes a suspicious husband.”

In the play, Kate Hardcastle is a young lady fixed up to meet the eligible Marlow with a view to marriage. Marlow is a young gent who is tongue-tied with the upper classes and downright lecherous with commoners. So when Marlow is tricked into believing Kate’s ancestral home is a country inn, and mistakes Kate for a lowly barmaid what could possibly go wrong? Plenty! Set against the increasingly chaotic proceedings of one very long night, She Stoops to Conquer is a delightful romantic romp filled with ludicrous misunderstanding, mischief and mayhem. So pack your picnic, rugs and chairs, pop open some bubbly and sit back and relax in the summer sunshine, while they whisk you away to the time of big wigs, and even bigger dresses; where fops and foolery abound! Suitable for audiences from age 6 to 106, Rain or Shine aim to bring classical theatre into the heart of local communities as they travel across the country from late June until early September.

The tour of She Stoops to Conquer includes a performance at the newly built open air theatre in the forest -Thorington Theatre, Southwold on Sunday 27th June at 6.00pm. Tickets are available from Thorington Theatre / 03306 600 541 or

The outdoor theatre is seated and has plenty of space to socially distance so the audience is requested to bring along cushions and rugs, and a picnic to maximise their enjoyment of the al fresco performances.

Full details of the tour and other venues can be found on the Rain or Shine website. 

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