The Maltings Theatre

The Roman Theatre
Open Air Festival
28th May – 11th July 2021

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The Festival

The Maltings Theatre and OVO created The Roman Theatre Open Air Festival in 2014, bringing this unique and historic venue back to life, after it stood largely abandoned for many centuries. 

As we now enter our seventh year, the festival is recognised as one of the UK’s leading outdoor theatre events. 2021 is our biggest and best festival yet with 14 shows, 8 companies and 69 performances presenting a diverse range of incredible theatre, opera and music over 7 weeks.

What's on

View the full digital programme via the button to the left, or visit our What's On page for full details and to buy tickets. 

Find Us

The Roman Theatre of Verulamium is situated on Bluehouse Hill, AL3 6AE.

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The Maltings Theatre

A Spoonful of Musicals

11th July

Presented by Cobbles & Rhyme Productions

Running Time: 60 mins



** This event is now SOLD OUT - However, in line with Government regulations, more seats may become available closer to the date. To register for the Waiting List or Returns please contact the Box Office via email at [email protected] **


It’s time to treat the whole family to a practically perfect Spoonful of Musicals this Summer! 

Starring in A Spoonful of Musicals will be Merryl Ansah (The Lion King), Alistair So (The Phantom of the Opera), Jessica Aubrey (Grease) and Jack Reitman (Off-West End Award-Winner for Thrill Me).*

Come join the award-winning team from Cobbles & Rhyme as they present a fun-filled show, jam-packed to the rafters with Musical Theatre favourites for all ages.  With brilliant live music and top West End vocalists, A Spoonful of Musicals will have both kids and adults clapping, laughing and dancing along to film favourites and Broadway blockbusters, with songs from Annie, Matilda, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and many, many more. 

Expect glittering live piano accompaniment by our West End Musical Director, alongside soaring vocals and show-stopping performances from our soloists who have performed in many productions including Miss Saigon, Grease, and The King & I.

Book now for the perfect afternoon with the whole family, and get ready to Let It Go, be immersed into Pure Imagination and experience The Greatest Show right before your eyes – you know You Can’t Stop The Beat!

Cobbles & Rhyme is the award-winning production company behind smash-hit shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and is run by Royal Academy of Music alumni and Off-West End Award-winning actor Jack Reitman (Amour, Charing Cross Theatre; OVO’s Peter Pan/Henry V) with top Conductor and Musical Director Harry Haden-Brown (The Phantom of the Opera, UK Tour; Sunshine, The Other Palace).

Reviews for previous Cobbles & Rhyme shows:

“Bringing sparkle and energy…this is a great evening’s entertainment” (Broadway Baby on [title of show] at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival)

“All four have voices which blend beautifully together and are just as strong independently… it’s exciting to see what they’ll come up with next!” (A Younger Theatre on [title of show] at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival)

*Please note, due to availability performers are subject to change.


Merryl Ansah

Alistair So

Jessica Aubrey

Jack Reitman


Director Jack Reitman

Musical Director Harry Haden-Brown

Piano John Reddel


Where can I book tickets?
Tickets are available at There are no box office facilities at the venue. Please book your tickets in advance.
I don't think I received my tickets, where are they and when were they sent?
When you book tickets, you will then receive two emails, a confirmation of your order and a second email containing your tickets. If you can't find them, please check your spam folder
Do I need to print my tickets?
No. In fact, please don't! We're trying to improve our carbon footprint. When you book your tickets you will recieve an e-ticket via email that you can show on your phone or smart device on arrival. 
What are the discounts?
Multibuy: Receive a 20% discount when you book for two eligible shows, a 30% discount when you book for three, a 40% discount when you book for four and a 50% discount when you book for five. Shows must all be booked at the same time.
Super Saturday: Receive a 40% discount when you book for a triple bill of Peter Pan, Comedy of Errors and The Winter’s Tale on Saturday 26th June.
Where is the theatre?
The Roman Theatre of Verulamium is situated on Bluehouse Hill, AL3 6AE.
Where can I park?
There is no parking or drop off at The Roman Theatre itself. Please do not try to enter the site in your car. The nearest parking (5 minutes' walk) is the NCP St Albans Verulamium Museum. At weekends this car park is often full, alternative parking can be found in the city centre or at Westminster Lodge, (10-15 minutes’ walk).
This is all outdoors, so what if it rains?
The Roman Theatre is entirely uncovered, so please dress appropriately (no umbrellas, ponchos encouraged!). The performance will continue whatever the weather, unless conditions become dangerous. In the event of weather related cancellation, we will rebook you for a future performance. Refunds are not given in the event of bad weather. Full terms.
Is it Covid safe?
We’ve done all we can to make the festival safe. Our performers and crew are observing strict protocols in rehearsals and backstage. Our stewards have been given specialist training and equipment. Our site has been redesigned with Covid in mind, including new seating layouts, bar arrangements, payment systems and cleaning processes. View our full Covid-19 policy.

Also coming up at The Maltings Theatre…

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The Winter's Tale at The Minack, Cornwall

18th July - 28th June 2021

The Winter's Tale at The Minack, Cornwall

Showtime! Hits from Hollywood, Broadway & Beyond

11th July

Showtime! Hits from Hollywood, Broadway & Beyond

A Spoonful of Musicals

11th July

A Spoonful of Musicals