If you love theatre, head for the Manor Green this Sunday or on selected dates through the summer

A series of outdoor theatre shows at Lynmouth’s Manor Green will kick off this Sunday with Jane Austen’s Emma.

Presented by Hotbuckle Productions, the show in conjunction with The Plough Arts Centre and starts at 7pm and has been described as ‘a master class in stage adaptation’ by BBD radio.

Live music and Hotbuckle’s trademark ensemble style will bring Austen’s meddling but well meaning heroine to life to enchant a modern audience.

Emma Woodhouse is handsome, clever and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition. She’s also a bit of a meddler and decides her role in life is that of a matchmaker.

She sets about lining up the awkward, unpolished Harriet Smith with a suitable gentleman, but her interfering gets out of hand and events spiral beyond her control.

Gently advised by childhood friend Mr Knightley, can Emma untangle the web she’s spun? And what does she truly know of her own heart?

Tickets for the show are available from 01805 624624 or via www.theploughartscentre.org.uk.

If you can’t make it for Emma, classic tale The Railway Children will be brought to the Manor Green on Wednesday, June 29 at 6pm.

The heart-warming story of adventure and family is presented by Chapterhouse Theatre Company and has been adapted by Adrian Preater from the much-loved novel by E Nesbitt.

It sees the lives of three children changed forever by the mysterious disappearance of their father.

Finding a new home in a beautiful but isolated village the children make new friends and discover the wonders of the Yorkshire hills and the railway lines scattered throughout them.

Tickets are available from 01598 753322 or via http://www.chapterhouse.org

Two Shakespearean temptations are on offer later in the summer, with The Tempest on the Manor Green on Saturday, August 13 and A Midsummer Night’s Dream on Thursday, September 1, both at 7pm.

* A draw for a family ticket (two adults and two children) normally costing £38, will take place before each performance.