Summer of outdoor theatre fun at Sheffield Botanical Gardens - here's what you need to know

Outdoor theatre specialists Heartbreak Productions are heading to Sheffield this summer in their 30th year of touring.

Tuesday, 1st June 2021, 1:37 pm

With their 2020 tour cancelled due to Covid, Heartbreak are staging the shows they planned for last year - The Great Gatsby, Wonder With Grimm, Mr Stink and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. All four productions will be performed at Sheffield Botanical Gardens.

Marking the 100th anniversary of the roaring 20s, The Great Gatsby will be served up with a twist of iconic Heartbreak style, set at a garden party. See it at Sheffield Botanical Gardens on June 12 and 13.

Based on Brothers Grimm fairy tales, Wonder With Grimm (June 19 and 20) promises an enchanting evening full of magic, puppetry, music and dance. Heartbreak also perform an original fairy tale written by their Find Your Voice competition winner, Kasper, a Y4 student from Leamington Spa.

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The 2015 version of Mr Stink, performed by Heartbreak Productions

David Walliams’ family-friendly best-seller, Mr Stink (July 10 and 11), returns to Heartbreak’s summer catalogue for the first time since 2015.

Ten-year-old Chloe and the housing-challenged Mr Stink forge an extraordinary friendship that takes them to live television and Downing Street via a garden shed.

The programme will include the winning poem written on the theme of homelessness for Heartbreak’s 2020 Poetry Competition, and most venues will also be collecting for Shelter at the performances.

Open-air staple A Midsummer Night’s Dream (June 17 and 18) weaves its way through tangled lovers, warring fairies, and hapless human beings in an environmental protest camp setting. The costumes and sets are all made out of recycled materials.

For full tour dates and ticket information, visit