The Tempest open-air theatre 17th August 2021

The Tempest  (open- air theatre)

Tuesday 17 August, Martineau Gardens, 7pm (gates open 6pm), Martineau Gardens, 27 Priory Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B5 7UG.

We’re delighted to welcome back Folksy Theatre with their 2021 productions.  Tuesday 17 August will see the Gardens transformed into an outdoor theatre, with the deck of the Pirate Shipwreck becoming the stage for ‘The Tempest’.

Prospero conjures a storm and torments the survivors of a shipwreck, including his treacherous brother, Antonio. Meanwhile Prospero’s slave, Caliban, plots to rid himself of his master but is thwarted by Prospero’s spirit-servant Ariel. Ferdinand then falls in love with Prospero’s daughter Miranda. Will Prospero grant Ariel her freedom and be restored to his dukedom? Will Ferdinand and Miranda’s love overcome all? Folksy’s wonderful outdoor production is filled with live music, colourful characters, enchantment and a little touch of magic. Bring along your picnics and folding chairs to enjoy this wonderful tale!


Advance tickets – £15 adult,  £12 concession/ child, £48 Family (2 adults, 2 under 16’s, can only purchase in multiples of 4), Family plus 1 (2 adults and 3 under 16s, please purchase 1 x Family Ticket plus 1 child ticket = £60

On the gate tickets (subject to availability) –  tba  no family ticket available. Book in advance to avoid disappointment.

About the Event

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.

The show will take place on the deck of the Shipwreck Playarea. Since the ground in front has been recently covered with bark chippings, we recommend folding chairs to watch the show (and we will provide several).

You are welcome to enjoy a picnic, over on the Tai Chi lawn before hand – with gates opening to ticket holders one hour before at 6pm (the show starts at 7pm) – bring a picnic rug or folding chairs.  Covid-secure: Whilst this is an open air event, taking place after 19 July* (the time when it is anticipated that covid social restrictions will ease) please be respectful of other people’s space and those observing social distancing. Be reassured that Martineau Gardens will comply with any covid-secure measures that remain in place.

* Information correct at time of writing 

How to purchase

  • online: Book on-line with Folksy Theatre    (until August 17, 12noon, booking fee applies) 
  • In person from Martineau Gardens Monday to Friday 10am  -4pm  (cash, cheque and card sales, no booking fee) in advance until 4pm Tuesday 17 August. This is a paperless ticket event, the name of the person booking for you will be your reference.
  • On the gate, subject to availability. Note, family tickets are only available in advance.
  • Refund policy: Tickets are non-refundable. The performance will take place whatever the weather with the Martineau Gardens marquee available for shelter.  If the performance is cancelled due to covid restrictions, tickets will be refunded.        

Getting to the Event

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) and allow yourself a few minutes extra to walk back to the Gardens. 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 covered bike rack on site, located close to the Pavilion.

For full location details, click here.

Take a look at photographs from previous productions, here at Martineau Gardens and around the country

More theatre?

Folksy Theatre is visiting Martineau Gardens a month before ‘The Tempest’ with ‘Little Red and the Big Bad Wolf’. Find out more here:

Little Red and the Big Bad Wolf.   Saturday 11 July, 11am (gates open 10am)     LITTLE RED IS NOW SOLD OUT!