Solihull Arts Complex

The Gondoliers Outdoor Show

The Gondoliers Outdoor Show

Charming Gilbert and Sullivan musical, performed outdoors in Solihull's scenic Brueton Park.

Set in picturesque Venice, this light-hearted operetta will whisk you away to a world of blissful romance, barbed satire and comedic chaos.

Two charming gondoliers, Marco and Giuseppe, suddenly find themselves elevated to the status of royalty. Each tasked with choosing their Queen from a bevy of beautiful women, hilarity ensues when the rightful Queen arrives demanding to know which of the men is her husband. As the plot thickens and the absurdity reaches its peak, love triumphs, and the gondoliers discover that happiness lies not in noble titles but in the simplicity of true love.

The witty lyrics of Gilbert and catchy melodies of Sullivan are expertly brought to life by Illyria, who have been captivating audiences all over the world for more than thirty years. Performed in the great outdoors, ‘The Gondoliers’ promises an enchanting evening of laughter, music, and will leave you with a song in your heart. Featuring impeccable comedic timing and exuberant performances this is one Illyria production not to be missed.

Gather up your friends, pack a picnic, and bring along your own seat or blanket to enjoy this fantastic outdoor show performed lakeside in Brueton Park. Please dress appropriately for the weather - the show will go ahead, come rain or shine (unless in the case of extreme weather)!

Early booking is highly recommended, as our outdoor shows have previously sold out, and tickets are more expensive on the gate! 


Information about The Core Theatre's outdoor shows in Brueton Park

  • Seating is not provided. Audiences bring their own folding seat, blanket, waterproof coats, bin liners to sit on
  • Dress appropriately for the weather - the show will go ahead, come rain or shine! In the case of extreme weather, updates will be provided online at
  • Gates will open at 5pm for a 6pm start.
  • Food and drink is allowed in the arena.
  • Tickets to the performance are limited to 450 to ensure that everyone can see and hear adequately.
  • If you choose tickets for "collection", these are available to collect from the Core Theatre Box Office up until the day before the show. After this, they will be printed and taken to the park for collection at the gate.
  • Ticket prices will increase on the gate to £22 adult, £17 concession, £14 child, £54 family
  • Toilets are available in the nearby Parkridge Nature Centre until after the interval. There will also be a portaloo onsite. 
  • There is a small car park at the Old Warwick Road entrance - parking is not guaranteed.
  • Well behaved dogs are welcome to attend, but must be kept on a lead! We ask that you keep them away from other customers' picnics and that they do not disturb the actors or other customers. If they get restless or need to do their business at any stage, please take them to the far end of the arena, and clean up after them.
  • No cycling or ball games in the Arena please - due to close proximity of others with food etc. 

Book Tickets

Advance Ticket Prices: £20 adult, £15 concession, £12 child, £52 family (2 adults & 2 children)

Gates open at 5pm | Show starts at 6pm

Running Time: 2 hours 20 mins (including interval)

Age Guidance: Suitable for all

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