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Get ready for a sensational season of summer theatre at Cornwall’s Lost Gardens of Heligan

June 12, 2018 Visit Europe No Comments Email Email

This summer, The Lost Gardens of Heligan once again plays host to an emotive and eclectic array of incredible Cornish theatre.  Internationally acclaimed theatre companiesWildWorks and Kneehigh take centre stage within the enchanting gardens of Heligan with a selection of performances to move, intrigue and immerse audiences.

WildWorks presents 100: UnEarth – co-commissioned by The Lost Gardens of Heligan and 1418-NOW

3 – 22 July, 2018

At the beginning of the WW1 centenary in 2014, Heligan and WildWorks made history when over 5,000 people joined together in remembrance of the community’s lost men in a powerful dawn ‘til dusk performance, 100:The Day Our World Changed.  This July, as we reach the end of the centenary commemoration, the creative force of WildWorks is returning to The Lost Gardens with an unforgettable performance of love, loss and hope, 100: UnEarth.  Commissioned by Heligan and 14-18NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary, this promenade performance through the BBC Countryfile Garden of the Year looks at the devastating aftermath of conflict, telling the homecoming stories of those who fight, survive and live through war.  With a love story at its heart and taking inspiration from the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, this piece will plunge the audience into a world of War, Love, Loss and Hope.  Featuring artists, performers, musicians, veterans and members of the local community, the audience is sure to feel part of something incredibly poignant.

Kneehigh Asylum presents UBU KaraokeFup and The Dancing Frog

6 August – 22 September, 2018

Kneehigh’s Asylum is back in a Festival of Pandemonium. Summer’s most joyously subversive festival of theatre returns from 2 August to 22 September with three thrillingly inventive shows, all staged in the company’s award-winning purpose-built tent, situated in the beautiful surroundings of the Lost Gardens of Heligan, Cornwall.

In a season of madness, mayhem, and surprise, The Asylum will be transformed into a wonderland of carnivalesque antics and general misrule; it will include a riotous new musical, Ubu Karaoke, inspired by Alfred Jarry’s absurdist comedy and will be performed in promenade the return of Simon Harvey’s Fup based on Jim Dodge’s cult classic about an overweight, whisky swilling duck and Quentin Blake’s irresistible classic The Dancing Frog, reimagined for all the family in a new version by Kneehigh’s Artistic Director Mike Shepherd.

UBU Karaoke!

2 – 25 August, 2018

Inspired by Alfred Jarry’s riot-inducing masterpiece, Kneehigh will wind-up and let rip their own version of theatre’s most anarchic creation – KING UBU.  Expect world-class buffoonery from Kneehigh stalwarts in this deliriously unhinged improvised promenade musical (surely the first of its kind)! Featuring some of the most iconic rock & pop anthems of all time, given a fresh run for their money by a belting Kneehigh band plus an extraordinary choir of extras – you! – we guarantee this will be a rocking, rollicking riot of ridiculousness you won’t forget!  *Suitable for adults, teenagers and adventurous children over the age of 10.

The Dancing Frog:

6 -26 August, 2018

Based on Quentin Blake’s The Story of the Dancing Frog, Kneehigh has re-spun this beautiful tale of hope and courage – made at home in their Cornish Barns – and can’t wait to take you whisk you away on an adventure.  Suitable for all ages.


7 – 22 September, 2018

FUP is a big-hearted, uproarious modern fable about family, love and nature set in a weird and wild Cornwall not so different from this one. Featuring live, foot-stomping music, quacking puppetry and Kneehigh’s infamous eccentricity and charm, FUP is a story like no other.

FUP was a huge hit at Kneehigh’s 2016 Asylum and we’re delighted to bring it back to Cornwall ahead of a UK tour this autumn.

Suitable for adults, teenagers and adventurous children over the age of 10.

To purchase tickets for any of the Heligan summer theatre performances, visit or call 01872 262466.


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