An incredible new amphitheatre has grown from the earth just outside Stow on the Wold.
The Amphitheatre at Berrybank Park, in Oddington is launching on Tuesday 14 June when Shakespeare’s Globe bring the brutal tale of ambition, incursion, and revolution to life in Julius Caesar.
Set on the ancient wold between Stow, Moreton and Chipping Norton, the beautiful, grassed 500-seat Amphitheatre
has stunning views across the beautiful Evenlode valley.
The Amphitheatre is home to an exciting new performing arts season that runs until September. A rich and varied programme sees the launch of the first ever Cotswold Comedy Festival take place in July, featuring an array of well-known comedians and many other events, including Jazz, Opera, Broadway and West End music, Outdoor Cinema, Family Events, Cabaret + more!
The season will close with a rousing Picnic in the Park Proms and Fireworks with the Jaguar Land Rover Band, in aid of Kate’s Home Nursing.
A beautiful marquee pavilion provides Front of House facilities, including a bar and restaurant celebrating local produce and an alternative performance space in case of bad weather.
For the full 2022 schedule of events at Berrybank Park, please visit www.amphitheatreberrybankpark.co.uk/whats-on
The Amphitheatre was created in memory of Janet Cockell, a local woman, whose love of telling stories, the performing arts, and the Cotswolds inspired her family to build a venue to celebrate performance in all its magic, while creating a space for everyone, from internationally renowned performers, to local groups, schools, and performers. Janet’s husband, Keith Cockell, had the vision, and co-owner and local farmer, Jono Dudfield sculpted the stunning venue, and tends to every blade of grass and the newly planted orchard. Each tier of the Amphitheatre is wide enough for picnic blankets and deck chairs and high enough so everybody has a perfect view of the action below.
Janet’s daughter, Judy Reaves, heads the creative programme, together with her husband, Production Manager, David Hamblett. A former West End theatre designer, Judy sparks magic with her visual imagination. She has created designs for the BBC, Edinburgh Festival, Lake District National Park, and Chelsea Flower Show among others, along with the nearby Also Festival. David’s career has taken him from the Marines to Moscow State Circus, and he is currently involved with Coventry City of Culture. Their son, Charlie Hamblett, is an actor, (Killing Eve, Around the World in Eighty Days, The Secret Agent). Charlie reprises his role at the Everyman, Cheltenham’s Cider With Rosie, when he takes on the role of the young Laurie Lee for the Orchestra of the Swan’s As I Walked out One Midsummer Morning.