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

St Albans Folk Music Presents: Belshazzar's Feast plus Rakoczy

7th July


Presented by St Albans Folk Music

Running Time: 140 mins

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About

Acclaimed musicians Paul Sartin (oboe, violin, swanee whistle and vocals) and Paul Hutchinson (accordion) are notorious for their superlative ability, wit, rapport and depth of experience, creating a concert to remember. Together they have entertained audiences across the UK, Australia and beyond with their eclectic and eccentric mix of tunes, songs and humour that sends audiences home with a smile.

Audiences can look forward to an inspired collection of songs and tunes; stirred into the mix are classical, pop, music-hall and of course traditional folk music, all laced with the duo’s wry humour.

Belshazzar’s Feast have released nine critically acclaimed albums. Their most recent album, ‘The Whiting’s On The Wall’ is ‘one of the most intimate and entertaining live albums I’ve heard.’ (Songlines)

“They can do things with a squeeze-box and an oboe that can break your heart.”
(Independent on Sunday)

“Amidst the jesting and hilarity, they sit as fine an example of traditional English folk music as you’re likely to hear.” (Mike Ainscoe, Bright Young Folk)

“Paul Hutchinson and Paul Sartin play like no-one else you’ve ever heard. Their music is breathtaking and wickedly inventive and the between-tunes interchange as intelligent and hilarious as the music. But don’t let me give you the impression they’re a lightweight comedy act: they finish the set with a haunting piece of oboe and accordion magic which has the audience spellbound.”  (BBC Radio 2 Mike Harding Show online)

Support will be Yorkshire-based Anglo-Hungarian musician, Rakoczy. Singer, piper, recorder player and concertinist, her interest in music ranges from the Renaissance to the present day. Her debut album Frontrunner was nominated for Bright Young Folk Album of the Year 2020, and Fatea Best Newcomer 2020.

"A Tonic amid all the gloom, a smile among the misery, and a very welcome light in the dark." (Fatea)


FAQs

Where can I book tickets?
Tickets are available at maltingstheatre.co.uk. 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.

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