Bad Dad and MacHamLear Play at Westport House

Outdoor theatre is back at Westport House.

Following the success of last summer’s outdoor theatre events, Westport House is delighted to announce the highly-anticipated return of its outdoor theatre shows this July.

Prepare to be entertained as Heartbreak Productions bring their unique outdoor theatre experiences to Westport House with 2 incredible shows.

Bad Dad will take to the outdoor stage at Westport House on July 14th

Bad Dad will take to the outdoor stage at Westport House on July 14th

All the World’s a Stage 

MacHamLear and Bad Dad will play live on the grounds of Westport House this July and promises to be a must-see event.

These interactive, outdoors shows will see actors weaving in and out of the audience, occasionally purloining something from your picnic, and sometimes requesting an audience member onstage to “help” with a particular part of the play.

Here’s everything you need to know about these two fantastic productions. 

MacHamLear actors performing a fusion of Shakespeare’s most-loved tragedies.

MacHamLear actors performing a fusion of Shakespeare’s most-loved tragedies.

“Bad Dad” by David Walliams

Written by one of the UK’s most popular children’s authors- David Walliams, “Bad Dad” follows Frank and his father Gilbert as they struggle to escape the clutches of the local crime lord and clear Gilbert’s name.   

Frank’s dad, Gilbert, wasn’t always considered a criminal. In fact, to Frank and the locals he was no other than the legendary ‘king of the track’, Gilbert the Great. That is, until a tragic accident puts a stop to his track-racing days. Feeling like he has gone ‘from hero to zero’, Frank’s father becomes tempted by the dark allure of life as a get-away driver. 

This warm-hearted tale follows the highs and lows of a father and son relationship as they navigate their way through a world of crime, car chases and convicts!  Date: 14th JulyTime: 7pm

Location: Opposite the Coach House

Running Time: 2 hours

Age Guidance: 7+

Tickets: Book Here

(Illustration © Tony Ross 2017. Lettering of author’s name © Quentin Blake 2008. Licensed by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.)

(Illustration © Tony Ross 2017. Lettering of author’s name © Quentin Blake 2008. Licensed by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.)

“MacHamLear” by Michael Davies

Calling all Shakespeare lovers! You are invited to take part in a unique experiment that will answer the question keeping literary scholars up at night… which play is the best the Bard has to offer? Help us to decide by being part of an exciting, new theatre competition Will of the People. In Round One, we’ll be pitting Macbeth, Hamlet, and King Lear against each other, as some of the finest actors (that we can afford!) make their case for why their tragedy should be performed that evening, to win a place in the next round of the competition.

Heartbreak Productions invites you to come and cast your vote at the Battle of the Bard. Performed in the open-air, MacHamLear is a farcical piece of new writing from award-winning playwright Michael Davies that shamelessly exploits the genius of England’s most celebrated writer. Grab your copy of the Complete Works, a chair/blanket, weather appropriate gear, and a few nibbles, and prepare to be tickled pink as the three iconic plays are performed with passion, pep, and punch.

Date: 8th JulyTime: 7pm

Location: Opposite the Coach House

Running Time: 2 hours 15 minutes

Age Guidance: 9+

Tickets: Book Here

MacHamLear by by Michael Davies plays at Westport House on July 8th

MacHamLear by by Michael Davies plays at Westport House on July 8th

Location?

These productions will take place on the grounds of Westport House, Opposite the Coach House. 

How to Book?

You can purchase your tickets from our website by clicking here. 

Penlee Kaylie McCarroll in the outdoor theatre production of Bad Dad by David Walliams

Penlee Kaylie McCarroll in the outdoor theatre production of Bad Dad by David Walliams

MacHamLear Outdoor Theatre Show playing at Westport House July 8th

MacHamLear Outdoor Theatre Show playing at Westport House July 8th

Pre-theatre dinner?

Gracy’s Pizzeria Bar and Bistro at Westport House is serving a delicious BBQ menu every Saturday and Sunday throughout the summer – the prefect pre-show dinner. 

PLUS, every weekend until September, Gracy’s will be hosting their BBQ & Beats Summer Series which includes a DJ, live music, face painting and more!

Book your pre-theatre dinner at Gracy’s and call 098 56506. 

Gracy's Pizzeria

Enjoy a pre-theatre dinner at Gracy’s Pizzeria Bar and Bistro at Westport House 

Heartbreak Productions are visiting over 150 venues this summer and we’re so thrilled Westport House is one of them.

So grab your tickets, pack a picnic, bring something to sit on and either your sun cream or your rain poncho and enjoy a unique outdoor theatre experience.

Book Your Tickets Today! 

Catch Bad Dad and MacHamLear at Westport House this summer. 

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