Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

Big plans, bright future

Flock to Preston Park for new open air theatre dates

Friday, June 27, 2014

Preston Park's grounds will once again be transformed into an open air theatre as two new plays make their way to the popular visitor attraction in coming months.

Tickets are now on sale for William Shakespeare’s Macbeth - a murderous tale of power and paranoia – on Friday 11 July at 7.30pm.

On Tuesday 12 August children’s book George’s Marvellous Medicine will be brought to life on stage. The popular book by author Roald Dahl tells the tale of George as he makes a magic medicine to give to his Grandma. The performance starts at 6pm.

Both plays will be performed by theatre company, Illyria.

Audiences are invited to bring their own picnics, seating and rugs to enjoy a leisurely evening in the surrounds of the Bandstand Garden.

Councillor Ken Dixon, Stockton Council’s Cabinet Member for Arts, Leisure and Culture, said: “Why not make the most of one of the Borough’s most beautiful spots by booking tickets to one of these performances which will thrill, entertain and amuse? It’s the perfect way to spend a relaxing evening outdoors with family or friends and is a great way to introduce children to the delights of live theatre.

Tickets are available online by calling Stockton Visitor Information Centre on (01642) 528130 and from Preston Park Museum gift shop on (01642) 527375.

Tickets for both performances cost £12 for adults, £9 for concessions, £6 for children aged 5-16 years old and under 5s go free.

Group tickets are also available. A family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) costs £30. More than ten adults can book together for a reduced price of £9 per person.

Meanwhile if more than ten children’s tickets are booked together they will cost just £5 per person. All children must be accompanied by an adult throughout the performance. For more information visit: or

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