OVO’s Roman Theatre Festival

31 May 2024 to 8 September 2024 Roman Theatre

An outdoor theater performance is taking place in front of an audience seated on chairs. The stage is surrounded by grassy areas and old stone walls. Several actors are performing energetically under a cloudy sky with lush green trees in the background.
OVO Theatre, Roman Theatre, St Albans, photo by Elliott Franks

Celebrates tenth edition of its annual open-air summer festival

OVO’s Roman Theatre, the oldest producing theatre in the UK, will celebrate the tenth edition of its annual open-air summer festival. Renowned for its bold and imaginative spins on classic plays and stories, this landmark year will present brand-new adaptions of English classics as well as the return of some iconic audience favourites from OVO and visiting companies.

The Festival has become a highlight of the summer cultural calendar, attracting diverse audiences who are drawn not only by the allure of the ancient ruins, but also the high-quality productions presented by OVO and visiting theatre companies.

OVO are marking the 10th anniversary of the festival with an incredibly diverse roster of shows, all representing the company’s commitment to showcasing the art of theatre through imaginative and contemporary productions.

Programme and Dates

  • Friday 31st May – Sunday 28th July 2024 The Merry Wives of Windsor
  • Sunday 2nd June 2024 Classical Chorus
  • Sunday 9th June 2024 Jez Lowe, Bob Fox & Julie Matthews
  • Sunday 16th June 2024 Ver Players
  • Tuesday 18th – Saturday 22nd June 2024 Gawain and the Green Knight
  • Tuesday 25th June 2024 Present Laughter
  • Wednesday 26th June 2024 Henry V
  • Tuesday 2nd – Thursday 18th July 2024 Sense and Sensibility
  • Tuesday 9th – Sunday 14th July 2024 Spring Awakening
  • Monday 15th July 2024 Hero & Leander
  • Thursday 18th – Saturday 21st July 2024 Richard III
  • Monday 22nd July 2024 Pretty, Witty Nell / Love Labours Won
  • Tuesday 23rd July 2024 MacDeath!
  • Wednesday 24th July 2024 Sweet Love Adieu
  • Tuesday 20th – Sunday 25th August 2024 Into the Woods
  • Wednesday 28th – Saturday 31st August The Cherry Orchard / The Seagull
  • Tuesday 3rd – Sunday 8th September The Highwayman

Touring Dates

Friday 21st June – Friday 27th September 2024 Sense and Sensibility Pitlochry Festival Theatre

Saturday 8th – Sunday 23rd June The Merry Wives of Windsor Polesden Lacey, Great Bookham

Further Information: OVO Theatre | Bold Imaginative Surprising