6 unique theatres with great summer shows

Various, UK

Come one, come all!

June 30, 2024

The West End might be the home of the largest and most popular plays and musicals in the UK but there are smaller, niche theatres all around the country showcasing all manner of entertainment. From hard hitting emotional plays, to a re-telling of a Shakespearean comedy from an amateur troupe, or even the smallest theatre to the oldest, the UK’s theatre scene is second to none.

Minack Theatre, Cornwall

Where better for a tale of fair folk and magic than looking out over the sea on a Cornish cliff? The Minack Theatre is a picturesque amphitheatre with over 200 shows annually, and despite its ancient vibe, the theatre is only 100 years old! You don’t need to see a show to visit, book a slot for the Theatre and Garden Visit for a chance to explore the site and appreciate the natural beauty of the Cornish coastline.

Chichester Festival Theatre

This local theatre has worked with huge name actors including acting legend Sir Ian McKellen as King Lear. This theatre has quickly established itself as a powerhouse of stage plays, comedies and musicals on the south coast of England. On this summer are ‘Coram Boy’ based on the award-winning novel by Jamila Gavin and ‘The Caretaker’ staring Star Wars legend Ian McDiarmid.

Sheffield Theatres

Sheffield Theatres is a collective of three theatre spaces, the Crucible, the Lyceum, and the Playhouse. The modern Crucible hosts all kinds of events from plays to music events; the Lyceum has over 100 years of history with ornate design showcases comedy and dance, and the Playhouse is an intimate fringe stage hosting local artists and actors for brilliant shows. Watch plays directly from the West End with ‘Come from Away’ taking over the Lyceum this summer.

The Bush Theatre, London

This west London theatre champions young black and Asian playwrights and actors, giving them a platform to show their skills on stage. Located in Shepherd’s Bush and starting out as a simple room above a pub, this theatre now boasts two theatre spaces and a cafe bar. On this summer is ‘My Father’s Fable’ following a story of belonging and grief from an award-winning cast.

The Small Space Theatre, Barry

The smallest theatre space in the country can only host an audience of around 20/25 and the stage is no larger than a parking space! Nothing could be more intimate! Famous for its magic shows, this theatre is a testament to what can be achieved with very little space, a passionate act, and appreciative audience.

Georgian Theatre Royal, North Yorkshire

The oldest theatre still used for its original purpose was built in 1788 and is the most complete Georgian playhouse in the UK. Hosting plays, tours, and talks, this frozen piece of history is a great visit for an intimate showing of interesting plays from the local Youth Theatre groups and musicians. On this summer are tribute bands for one evening only, and a showing of Animal Farm from the Youth Theatre group.