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Illyria Outdoor Theatre continues to bring joy to Cockington Court

6th August 2018

Categories: Latest News

Award winning outdoor theatre company Illyria will bring their fabulous production of The Adventures of Doctor Dolittle to Cockington Court on 27 August.

Marissa Wakefield, Cockington Court Centre Director, says: “The first show in July, The Merchant of Venice, was a resounding success. Over 160 people sat in the grounds of the Court watching an amazing production delivered by a great outdoor theatre company. The tea rooms offer refreshments and a barbecue, which is a real hit.”

The Adventures of Doctor Dolittle is a funny, much-loved and exciting adventure, with a strong message about responsibility towards animals and the environment.

When Doctor John Dolittle of Puddleby-on-the-Marsh is taught by his wise old parrot Polynesia how to talk to animals, news of his skills spreads far and wide. Soon animals across the world send messages asking for his help. So, he buys a leaky old ship and, together with his trusty pet-crew of Jip the dog, Chee-Chee the monkey, Dab-Dab the Duck and permanently hungry Gub-Gub the pig, sets forth on a mission to heal illness, spread compassion and gain a greater understanding of the animal kingdom.

Oliver Gray, Illyria’s Artistic Director, says: “Illyria has given more performances to more people across a wider area than any other open-air touring theatre company. We’re really pleased to be performing at Cockington Court and can’t wait see how the audience reacts.”

Now in its 27th year, Illyria has delighted audiences the length and breadth of the UK, and in the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, France, the United States and Canada, performing some of the well-loved productions on offer.

The company has won four international performance awards and attracted numerous 5-star and Critics' Choice reviews for its approach to Shakespeare's plays.

Illyria’s fast and furious madcap style is popular for the whole family, from theatre devotees to live performance newcomers.

To find out more about Illyria’s performances at Cockington Court and to book visit www.cockingtoncourt.org/whats-on/illyria-outdoor-theatre

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