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Arms and the Man open-air theatre
Open Air Theatre

This summer's open air theatre performance at Lauderdale House will be Arms and the Man by George Bernard Shaw. Bring a picnic and settle down in the sunshine to enjoy a wonderful open-air production in pretty Waterlow Park.

Arms and the Man is one of Shaw's wittiest plays, combining light comedy with thought-provoking ideas in an anti-romantic view of love and war in the Balkans. Who will win the girl - the story book hero or the chocolate cream soldier?

Arms and the Man is part of this year's season of open-air events at Lauderdale House, taking place on the Tea Lawn in Waterlow Park. Presented by Michael Friend Productions in association with SHAW2020 and Split/Shift Theatre.


Audience members will sit on the Tea Lawn to watch the performance, so please bring either a picnic blanket or a folding chair to make yourself comfortable. We will ask attendees with chairs to sit behind those on the ground to make sure that everyone has a good view. We also have a number of picnic tables that can be booked for groups of up to 6 people - select 'Picnic Table Group Ticket' when buying your tickets to reserve a table! 

The performance will continue regardless of the weather. Having run open-air events for many years, we know all too well that the weather can be deceptive and can change very quickly. Please plan for all eventualities and remember to bring a waterproof layer!

Food and Drink
The cafe/bar will be open selling food and drinks before the performance starts. You are also welcome to bring your own picnic to enjoy on the Tea Lawn as you watch the performance. 

On the Night
The Tea Lawn will be open for attendees to settle down and enjoy their picnics from 6pm, with the show starting at 7pm. Please come to box office at front door on the night.