The Gondoliers

The award-winning outdoor theatre company ‘Illyria’ is set to visit Reigate Castle Grounds with an exciting production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Gondoliers this summer. “At its best, theatre is shared storytelling. And to experience this in the open air is uniquely special.” says Artistic Director Oliver Gray.

“Outdoors, with good company, good food and a glass of something bubbly is a much less formal way to enjoy theatre,” Oliver continues. “And there’s something truly unifying about actors performing, and audiences listening, all under the same sky.”

The show takes place at Reigate Castle Grounds, whatever the weather, at 6pm on 7th September.

Set in picturesque Venice, this light-hearted operetta will whisk you away to a world of blissful romance, barbed satire and comedic chaos. Two charming gondoliers, Marco and Giuseppe, suddenly find themselves elevated to the status of royalty. Each tasked with choosing their Queen from a bevy of beautiful women, hilarity ensues when the rightful Queen arrives demanding to know which of the men is her husband. As the plot thickens and the absurdity reaches its peak, love triumphs, and the gondoliers discover that happiness lies not in noble titles but in the simplicity of true love.

The witty lyrics of Gilbert and catchy melodies of Sullivan are expertly brought to life by Illyria, who have been captivating audiences all over the world for more than thirty years. Performed in the great outdoors, ‘The Gondoliers’ promises an enchanting evening of laughter, music, and will leave you with a song in your heart. Featuring impeccable comedic timing and exuberant performances this is one Illyria production not to be missed.

Running time (approx): 140-minutes

(including a 20-minute interval). Suitable for all ages.

Grab your chair or blanket, weather-appropriate gear, and prepare to be entertained this Summer at Harlequin Outdoors, now in its 4th year, with events, including plays and comedy for all ages in the beautiful setting of Reigate Castle.

Practical tips for your outdoor theatre experience

Arrival time
We aim to have the grounds open 1 hour before the show.

Show time
Show times vary; please check your tickets for further information and the web listings for approximate running times.

What should I bring?
Bring something to sit on – a blanket, chair or cushion. Please be mindful of those sitting behind you, and don’t bring sun umbrellas, gazebos etc.

Refreshments
We are currently exploring various food options and will announce this as soon as possible.
Bar will be open at
all events unless otherwise communicated.

Card Only

The site will be a cashless operation. Visa or Mastercard will be accepted. Unfortunately we are unable to accept American Express.

What happens if it rains?
The show will go on come rain or shine, so please bring clothing that will keep you warm and dry. In extreme wet weather conditions, shows may be relocated or rescheduled.

Ticket collection
All tickets are now e-tickets and can be displayed on your phone upon entry. There will be no ticket printing facility at the site.

Are dogs allowed?
No dogs are allowed other than assistance dogs.

Getting here
Castle Grounds is in central Reigate. You can approach via steps from the High Street or the A25, and there is step-free access from the Town Hall on Castlefield Road.

Parking

The nearest car parks are at Reigate Town Hall, London Road or Bancroft Road. Please note charges may apply.

Accessibility
There is level, step-free access via the Town Hall, and the event is suitable for wheelchair users, although please note that the performance area is on grass. There will be an accessible portaloo available. Assistance dogs are welcome.

Facilities
There will be portaloos available at the event, which will be cleaned regularly.

If you have any questions that are not answered above, please email us at harlequin@reigate-banstead.gov.uk or call us 01737 276500.

Showing:

Saturday 7th September at 6pm

Tickets:

Full Price £18.50, Child £16.50, Senior £16.50, Family £11.25 (Maximum 2 Adults for each set of 4 tickets)