One of Swindon's most unique performing arts venues has kicked off its summer season of theatre.

The Town Gardens Bowl in the heart of Old Town's Town Gardens has been hosting events over the last few years, and this year's line-up is bigger than ever. 

The 1936 art-deco-style Bowl, situated is one of only a handful of its kind in the country and provides a unique backdrop to a spectacular range of events throughout the year.

Things kicked up with a treat for Shakespeare-loving Swindonians looking for a more modern twist on a classic as Shake It Up: The Improvised Shakespeare Show took to the stage on July 1.

After this, the Duke’s Theatre Company will be returning for a third season with the wonderful Twelfth Night on Friday, July 28. 

This is complemented by the 'riotous summer adventure' depicting Britain’s best-known folktale, Robin Hood, presented by Three Inch Fools on Tuesday, August 8.

For audiences looking for something a touch more modern, the season continues with the return of BlackBox Theatre as they bring the world premiere of Ortonesque – a new play looking at the extraordinary life and times of the outrageous playwright, Joe Orton on Sunday August 13.

Aside from theatre the Bowl is also hosting a variety of other entertainment at the historic venue. 

On August Bank Holiday weekend comedian Matt Richardson is headlining a comedy lineup of Aurie Styla, Paul McCaffery and Esther Manito. 

South Swindon Parish Council is also hosting a varied programme of music events at the Town Gardens Bowl. 

In addition to continuing their collaboration with the My Dad’s Bigger Than Your Dad Festival, there will be performances from artists as varied as Supersonic Queen, 21st Century ABBA & Elton, and Old Time Sailors. throughout the summer.

And finally, the venue will be hosting the final night of its open-air cinema programme which included previous showings of Top Gun: Maverick and A Star Is Born with a screening of the Hugh Jackman-led hit musical film The Greatest Showman on September 22. 

A spokesperson for South Swindon Parish Council said: "There has never been a better time to get friends and family together to book tickets for what promises to be a summer evening to remember."

The proceeds from all of these events will go towards ensuring the longterm future of the historic Bowl going forward. 

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