Summer of outdoor theatre at The Valley of Rocks

Enjoy open air performances of King Lear at Valley of Rocks in Lynton this summer. Picture: John Spu

Enjoy open air performances of King Lear at Valley of Rocks in Lynton this summer. Picture: John Spurr - Credit: John Spurr

Shakespeare’s tragic heroes are destined for a stage like no other this summer as outdoor theatre returns to the roaring Exmoor landscape at The Valley of Rocks.

Presented by Pleasure Dome Theatre Company, King Lear will be performed in a setting as dramatic as its plotline from July 31 to August 18.

Set in the foreboding coastal rocky ridges of Lynton and Lynmouth, described for visitors as ‘one of those places where words are just not enough’, the shows will run every week day evening except Monday among the warm glow of sunset.

Pleasure Dome was founded in 2015 by Helena Payne, now its creative director, and has since gone from strength to strength attracting national praise from the BBC, The Independent and The Guardian.

She said: “I spent my early summers scrambling up and down its weaving pathways and peering out to sea [in the Valley of Rocks].

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“I always thought it was an otherworldly and magical location, somewhere not quite of this planet, a place where the sea meets the sky, a place where imagination meets reality, and I can think of nowhere more fitting to perform in.”

The professional group’s debut show was Macbeth, attracting roaring acclaim, in Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary year of 2016.

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The team of 13, putting on almost 20 shows of King Lear in the current project, last year performed The Importance of Being Earnest and Lorna Doone in ‘theatre in the wild’.

All shows start at 7.30pm, except Sunday matinees at 3.30pm. Tickets are £15 for adults, £10 students, £12.50 over-65s and £40 families. To book visit

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