Five Children & It

Harlequin Outdoor Theatre returns this summer! This August we’ll be back in the Reigate Castle Grounds with ‘This Is My Theatre’ to host their production Five Children and It.

The five children – Cyril, Anthea, Robert, Jane, and their baby brother, known as the Lamb – are playing in a gravel pit one morning when they uncover a rather grumpy and sometimes tricky Psammead, a sand-fairy with the ability to grant wishes. Join them on their adventures as they learn what it is to be careful what you wish for!

Based on the classic children’s novel by Edith Nesbit – with live music and puppetry throughout – children and adults alike will love this ever-popular story reimagined for the stage.

Written by Edith Nesbit

Adapted by Ethan Taylor

Directed by Chloe Bond

Music by Simon Stallard

This is an open-air performance so please bring chairs/blankets and picnics to enjoy whilst watching. We will perform in all but the very worst weather!

Please note that, given the nature of the venues we visit and the charities we work with, tickets to this event are non-refundable and non-transferable. If you are unable to attend a performance we are happy for tickets to be placed under another name/given to another party.

Running time: Approximately 85 minutes

Critics have said of our previous shows:

Warm and welcoming, clever and creative – a wonderful afternoon of entertainment!” – Grapevine Live (The Wind in the Willows)

“A fun-filled family adventure, thoroughly entertaining and enjoyable!” – Visit Dean Wye (Treasure Island)


  • Parking – No parking on site and the venue is only accessible by foot. Guests are advised to arrive by foot, using the various parking options in and around Reigate Town Centre if required.
  • Seating  – There will be no designated seating, nor any seats. It’s an outdoor event and guests are encouraged to bring their own seats / picnic blankets
  • Directions/Getting here – The event will be held in Reigate Castle Grounds, Reigate, RH2 0AP
  • Run Time – 120 mins
  • Accessibility – Reigate Castle Grounds is fully accessible, with step-free access. However, guests should be made aware that access to the venue is steep in parts, and there is no parking on site. If required, there are a limited number of Disabled Parking bays in the Town Hall car park that blue badge-holding guests are welcome to use.
  • Toilets –  Mobile toilets will be provided on site at the entrance to Castle Grounds.
  • Food and Drink – A Full bar will be provided, keep and eye out on updates for a food vendor
  • Weather and Cancellations –  Outdoor events and will go ahead come rain or shine. Guests are advised to keep an eye on the weather forecast and dress appropriately for the conditions. ‘Performances continue in light, intermittent and moderate rain. If rain is continually moderate for 20 minutes, or severe for 5 minutes, the performance will pause. If the total length of paused minutes totals above 30, the performance is cancelled owing to Force Majeure’.


Wednesday 28th August, 2pm