The Curious Garden outdoor theatre 6th June 2020

23 March 2020 update

We’ve taken the difficult decision to temporary close Martineau Gardens to visitors, in line with government advice on Coronavirus (Covid-19). We hope you stay safe and well and we look forward to the time, when we can welcome you back to the tranquility of Martineau Gardens. at time of writing, it’s likely that ‘The Curious Garden’ may be postponed. Please check our website before travelling to the event, thank you.

Our statement on Covid-19 

Sat 6 June, ‘The Curious Garden’  open air theatre, Martineau Gardens, show starts 2pm with MakeShift Ensemble, 1pm for picnics

This June bring the family to the Gardens for outdoor theatre, inspired by the wonder of gardening.

“A planet tending adventure in full bloom! “

‘The Curious Garden’ By Peter Brown is all about one boy’s quest for a greener world… one garden at a time. While out exploring one day, Liam discovers a struggling garden and decides to take care of it. As time passes, the garden spreads throughout the dark, grey city, transforming it into a lush, green world.
This is an enchanting tale with environmental themes, teaching us that our own care and determination can help change the world.

Featuring original music from award winning musician and member of Kneehigh Theatre, Alex Lupo, and a cast of celebrated storytellers and puppeteers The MakeShift Ensemble Present The Curious Garden.

– A New York Times Winning Children’s book by Peter Brown for all the family

The Pirate ‘Shipwreck Deck becomes a Stage for open-air theatre ‘The Curious Garden’


Advance ticket purchase recommended to avoid disappointment.

Advance Sales:  Adult: £8 (17 years upwards);  Children £5 (two and under free)

On the gate (subject to availability):      Adult £11     (17 years upwards); Children £7 (two and under free)

Tickets on sale soon. Click here to be redirected to WeGotTickets  (booking fee applies)     

Advance sales cut-off point: On-line tickets from WeGotTickets available until 10pm on Fri 5 June. Tickets also available from Martineau Gardens  in advance via 0121 440 7430 until 10.30am am Sat 6 June  (no booking fee) ; or in-person (cash/cheque)  until 3.30pm Fri 5 June  (no booking fee).

Refund Policy: Bookings for courses and events are non-refundable unless Martineau Gardens has to cancel an event or course due to unforeseen circumstances. 

Planning your visit: 

This is an open-air event, so please come prepared for the weather! There will be a marquee in the audience area which will provide ample shelter, but please bring wet weather protection, if needed. Seating will be provided by Martineau Gardens. Picnics are welcomed.

Martineau Gardens is close to the MAC and opposite the Priory Hospital.  There is a small car park on site at Martineau Gardens. Additional Parking opposite at Priory Hospital, by kind permission. Drive to the rear of the car park, to the area that adjoins the Elmhurst School of Dance (follow the signs). There is a pedestrian crossing at the bottom of Priory Road.

The Gardens are served by buses 1, 45, 47, 61 or 63  and there is a bike rack on site, located close to the Pavilion.

For full location details, click here.

What else?

Child-friendly open-air theatre  in the grounds of a beautiful community garden, performed upon our pirate shipwreck ‘stage’. Picnics are welcomed for this friendly event. Before  the show enjoy exploring our beautiful community garden, with woodland, gardens, vegetable beds and the Stick Man trail, there’s plenty to see, gates open at 1pm.

Love outdoor theatre?

Our next productions take place in July and August, with Folksy Theatre. Click here to find out more.