Illyria Outdoor Theatre - The Gondoliers

Cogges is the new Venice this summer The award-winning outdoor theatre company ‘Illyria’ is set to return to the Manor Farm with an exciting production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Gondoliers.

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Expect enchanting rendition that promises an evening of laughter, music, and pure entertainment. Set in picturesque Venice, this lighthearted operetta whisks audiences away to a world of romance, mistaken identities, and comedic chaos.
 The story revolves around two charming gondoliers, Marco and Giuseppe, who suddenly find themselves elevated to the status of royalty. Tasked with choosing their queen from a bevy of beautiful women, hilarity ensues as the true identity of the rightful queen becomes entangled.
With catchy melodies and witty lyrics, Illyria brings the vivacious characters to life, captivating audiences with their impeccable comedic timing and exuberant performances. As the plot thickens and the absurdity reaches its peak, love triumphs, and the gondoliers discover that happiness lies not in noble titles but in the simplicity of true love.
Running time (approx): 2hrs 20min (inc 20 minute interval)
Suitable for all ages.

 “At its best, theatre is shared storytelling. And to experience this in the open air is uniquely special.” says Artistic Director Oliver Gray. “Outdoors, with good company, good food and a glass of something bubbly is a much less formal way to enjoy theatre. There’s no better way to celebrate British summertime.” 

  • An outdoor theatre production on the beautiful Cogges Manor lawn - the perfect stage for open-air theatre
  • Save 10% with your Season Ticket 
  • Please bring a low-back chair or blanket to sit on and dress for the weather!
  • Bar, snacks & ice cream

Tickets are non-refundable unless the show has to be cancelled due to extreme weather conditions.

About Illyria

Illyria was created in 1991, and ever since has delighted audiences the length and breadth of the UK, and in the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, France, the United States and Canada. Illyria has also won 4 international "Best Performance" awards and attracted numerous "5-star" and "Critics' Choice" reviews for the lively clarity of its approach to Shakespeare's plays, the high quality of its shows for Families and the refreshing originality of its English classics adaptations and Gilbert & Sullivan performances. Illyria's mission is simply stated: to create a varied programme of outstandingly enjoyable theatre and to make it available for everyone to see.