We round up some of our favourite outdoor theatres, both in the UK and around the world.
1. Shakespeare's Globe
No list of outdoor theatres would be complete without the Globe, rebuilt by Sam Wanamaker based on the Shakespearean original. A must-visit for theatre fans, and if you go this Summer you'll catch Michelle Terry's first outdoor season as artistic director.
2. Epidaurus, Greece
Built in the 4th Century AD, this is the grandaddy of all outdoor theatres. Although it seats up to 14,000, its acoustics are famously so good you can (literally) hear a pin drop. The company of Richard III said performing here was the highlight of their round-the-world tour.
3. Brighton Open Air Theatre
Since opening in 2015, Brighton Open Air Theatre, or BOAT, has proved extremely popular and will play host to over 100 performances in 2018. This may be the smallest outdoor theatre on our list, but it's mighty nevertheless.
4. Seebühne, Bregenz
This incredible floating stage has an auditorium seating 7,000 and is the star attraction of an annual theatre festival held in Bregenz, on the shores of Lake Constance in Austria. The sets are among the most spectacular you will see.
5. The Minack, Cornwall
The Minack. Carved into a granite cliff overlooking Porthcurno Bay, it's difficult to imagine a more picturesque backdrop for theatre.
6. Allen Elizabethan Theatre, Oregon
One of three theatres that host the annual Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, this beautiful venue has been extensively remodelled over the years and seats well over 1,000 people.
7. Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park
A firm fixture of the London Summer season, the OAT produces a mixture of plays and musicals and has been attracting growing audiences in recent years. Last year's season featured a return of its record-breaking revival of Jesus Christ Superstar.
8. The Delacorte Theatre, New York
Known for hosting the Public Theater's annual free 'Shakespeare in the Park' seasons, this 1,800-seater is situated in the iconic Central Park. Since opening in 1962 it has hosted greats including James Earl Jones, Meryl Streep and Al Pacino.
9. Hever Festival Theatre, Kent
Situated in the grounds of the 13th century Hever castle, this is a great choice for the rain-averse; most of the seats are covered by canopies to make sure the Great British weather can't spoil the fun.
10. Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Theatre, China
Set against the backdrop of the jaw-dropping Snow Mountain massif, theatres don't come much more epic than this one in Lijiang, southern China. Vertigo suffers beware: it's situated at 3,500m.
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