Bath's Garden Theatre Festival Returns With Great Shows To Entertain All Ages

The Garden Theatre Festival returns to the magical gardens of the Holburne Museum. It's bigger, better and with even more brilliant shows for everyone to enjoy.

Featuring superb performances, along with music and comedy from Sarah Louise Young, The Three Inch Fools, The Handlebards, Peoples String Foundation, The Last Bagette Theatre Company and Bath’s very own Calf2Cow performing Wind In The Willows, there’s something for everyone.

Sarah Louise Young opens the festival on 29 July with her show Julie, Madly, Deeply at 2pm followed by her brilliant show An Evening Without Kate Bush at 7pm.

“Somerset holds a special place in my heart because I was a student of drama at Bristol University over 20 years ago," she says. "I did my first ever solo show at the Bristol Old Vic studios and still have friends in the area. It’s such a beautiful part of the country and I love that we are performing outdoors under the Bath skies alongside some fantastic acts." 

The Three Inch Fools are bringing their two shows The Gunpowder Plot and Twelfth Night to The Garden Theatre Festival

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James Hyde from The Fools says: "We tour all over the UK, but coming to Bath is always a stand-out for us. The history of the city really suits what we do and provides some of the most beautiful garden spaces to perform in."

"Both of my shows are full of love, energy, fandom, music, laughter and they celebrate the audience and the love they have for Julie and Kate respectively," Sarah Louise Young says about her shows Julie, Madly, Deeply and An Evening Without Kate Bush. "This is also the very first time I’ve ever performed both shows on the same day so I’m especially excited! 

What can people expect from these and other shows at The Garden Theatre Festival?

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"Wind in the Willows is a story about our seasons, the joys of summer and the pain of winter," says Matthew Emeny, from Calf 2 Cow and who is also the artistic director of The Garden Theatre Festival. "But the story is ridiculous! A toad wanting to drive a car? You can certainly have some fun with that! That is what we do - take stories and fill them with fun".

"Julie Madly Deeply will give you more of a life story of Dame Julie Andrews and features songs from her films and musicals like My Fair Lady, The Sound Of Music and Mary Poppins." 

Stephen Hyde from The Fools says: "Our shows are all about bringing people together in the open air to witness something exciting, musical and theatrical, and Bath hosts some of the most spectacular open air settings, none more so than The Holburne Museum, where we are performing."

"We describe An Evening Without Kate Bush as 'a chaotic cabaret cult' and it really is a joyous, bonkers, musical, immersive experience. Kate Bush fans have come back multiple times and often leave saying it’s made them laugh and cry and want to listen to her songs again. And with Kate Bush currently number one in the charts thanks to Stranger Things, there’s never been a better time to book!" 

The Garden Theatre Festival runs from 29 July - 13 August at the Holburne Museum Gardens. Tickets from £16. For more information and tickets visit www.gardentheatrefest.co.uk