The Best Outdoor Theatre Events Across the World

March 28, 2023

If you love to take in theatrical performances on home soil, why not enjoy some theatre on your travels?  Outdoor theatre experiences can take centre stage when it comes to creating travel memories.  They can also often allow you to indulge your passion for live performance, whilst also basking in beautiful overseas weather and soaking up a lively ambience.

Europesure Travel Insurance has cast its eyes around the globe, to suggest where you might find some of the best outdoor theatre events whilst on your travels.

Arena di Verona

The largest open-air theatre in the world, the Arena di Verona in Italy, has to be right at the top of the list as a must-visit venue for outdoor theatre lovers. Experience the drama, atmosphere, incredible costumes and acoustics provided by Italy's best preserved Roman amphitheatre, built around 30 AD.

In 2023, the 100th Arena di Verona Opera Festival takes place from June 16 to September 9, with brand new performances being staged alongside much-loved classics such as Madame Butterfly and Tosca, so now is the perfect time to plan your visit.

The Minack Theatre, Cornwall

The Minack Theatre in Cornwall is world-famous for both its performances and its dramatic setting, built (mostly by hand), by Rowena Cade, into the rocks of the Cornish coast.  The schedule features a mix of Shakespearean plays, musicals and other plays and runs right through to October.  With over 200 performances taking place each year, there’s plenty to choose from.

Be prepared for all weather conditions and breathtaking views out to sea and, if travelling back to the UK as someone who is now an EU or EEA resident, do make sure you purchase a travel insurance policy.  This will mean your healthcare costs are better covered and you will also have other aspects of cover on which you might need to call, such as repatriation home, if injured or ill, cancellation cover and protection for your baggage, passport and money.

The Voldelpark Open Air Theatre, Amsterdam

If you are planning a family trip, the Vondelpark Open Air Theatre in Amsterdam is a great fun venue for all ages and will give you the opportunity to introduce children to the delights of theatre.  Every weekend, from June to September, the theatre stages a diverse programme of performances, which includes youth theatre. The full programme is announced in May 2023.

Temporary Theatre - Handa Opera, Sydney

If you are planning a family trip, the Vondelpark Open Air Theatre in Amsterdam is a great fun venue for all ages and will give you the opportunity to introduce children to the delights of theatre.  Every weekend, from June to September, the theatre stages a diverse programme of performances, which includes youth theatre. The full programme is announced in May 2023.

Classic Shakespeare at Kronborg Castle

For those after a dose of classic Shakespeare, the atmospheric setting of Kronborg Castle, on the Danish coastline just a short drive from Copenhagen, provides plenty of drama.  The stage is built across the striking castle’s moat, ensuring the castle, so greatly associated with Hamlet, can be its backdrop.  A Shakespeare Festival is staged every summer by HamletScenen and this year will see three performances take place, between August 3 and 13, 2023 presented in both Danish and English. Bear in mind that Danish weather can be a little unpredictable, but that's all part of the show, as are the twinkling stars above and chance to enjoy a pre-booked pre-show picnic.

Utah's Sundance Summer Theatre

For a very chilled-out vibe and links to actor, Robert Redford,  head to the Sundance Summer Theatre at the Eccles Stage Outdoor Amphitheatre in Utah.  In a tradition upheld since 1970, a different production is staged each year, with this year’s choice being The Sound of Music.  This will be the treat on offer from July 20 to August 12, 2023, so head Stateside (with your worldwide travel insurance policy including cover for the USA), if this is something you don’t want to miss.

Sundance is a mountain resort hotel complete with spa, restaurants, ski school and much more, so there’s lots to enjoy here.  Just remember that if you want to take part in any kind of wintersports activity, you will need to have wintersports travel insurance, not just standard cover.

Outdoor theatre and your travels

Outdoor theatre is something you will find worldwide, so if planning to travel to a far-flung place, back your trip with a worldwide travel insurance policy, making sure you select one that covers North America, if you wish to see actors treading the boards in the US or Canada.  If staying in Europe, plump for European travel protection, which will cost you less.  If your love of travelling is such that you could be travelling a few times during the year, then you will probably find the best bargain to be an annual multi-trip policy, which will cover all of your intended trips.  Opt for single-trip cover if you will only have one overseas trip this year.

Head to www.europesuretravelinsurance.com to find the best protection for you.

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