Sterts is an Open Air Amphitheatre tucked away on the edge of Bodmin moor. During the summer months from May – September, the theatre is regularly filled to capacity with a packed programme of professional, semi –professional and community theatre. A vast canopy protects audience and performers from summer showers but retains the magic of outdoor theatre. The raked wooden seating ensures that everybody gets a good view. There is a café and bar on site.
Highlights for summer 2013 include:
•Special shows for children such as Cornwall’s famous Squashbox Theatre and the unique Mark’s Ark Wildlife Encounters during the holidays.
• Sterts Theatre Company special youth production of Les Miserables (school edition) with a cast entirely aged between 10 and 19.
•A-list comedy from TV’s Ed Byrne.
•The Sterts Theatre company classic family show The Sound of Music.
•Our very first burlesque show Missy Malone – naughty but nice.
•The return of sax magician Snake Davis.
•Step up for some traditional Cornish Dancing with Big Nos featuring a number of Cornish groups such as Skillywidden, Tredanek, and Kescana
•Sterts Theatre Company new productions of Calendar Girls and The Crucible
•Fabulous touring company favourites Illyria, Miracle, BishBashBosh and Heartbreak Theatre – and more..
For the full summer programme, and to book shows visit the Sterts website, or call the box office. Printed programmes are also available from Sterts or from many Tourist Information Centres.
Sterts, an arts and environmental charity, has a national reputation for excellence in its home-produced semi-professional shows. Amateur performers ranging from experienced actors to young beginners get involved in Sterts Theatre Company in-house productions and perform on the same stage as visiting stars like comedians Murray Lachlan Young and Ed Byrne, musicians Show of Hands and Seth Lakeman and even poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy. There is also a substantial programme of touring theatre, including Miracle theatre, and BishBashBosh – and other locally based acclaimed outdoor theatre companies which tour nationally.
Sterts Café and bar are open on all performance evenings, and pre-show meals can be booked on line with tickets and reserved seats. A two course delicious home cooked meal costs £13.00 and the new conservatory offers the ideal setting for summer evening dining. Alternatively, bring a picnic to enjoy in the spacious tree lined grounds. There is also a barbecue on many evenings. When the sun has set it can get a little chilly so a rug and cushions are a good idea.
"Sitting in the audience as it draws closer together in the fading summer light, you get that feeling of intimacy and involvement that only outdoor performance can bring." SEEN magazine.
Sterts facilities have recently been extended to offer more rehearsal and gallery space, thanks to the support of Cornwall Council, of whom we are pleased to be an arts partner. Last year Sterts commissioned its own new community show, Cornish Pheonix, funded by Arts Council England. It was the Arts Council, in reviewing Pheonix, which praised Sterts’ as “an outstanding example of a thriving, community organisation”.
Sterts is located in Upton Cross, the entrance is on the B3254 Launceston to Liskeard road. There is ample free car parking, but please inform us if you are bringing a coach. For Sat Nav users, the post code is PL14 5AZ. Full details on our website www.sterts.co.uk
- Bar / licensed
- All weather
- Disabled access
- Disabled parking
- Disabled toilets
- Guide dogs permitted
- Entrance flat / without steps
Café and Bar open from 6.00 pm on performance dates