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



28th March - 10th April 2021

Presented by The Maltings Theatre



By Stewart Pringle | Directed by Matthew Parker
Presented by OVO

“We’re not here forever. You’ve got to take a chance from time to time. Sometimes you’ve got to see something you like and grab hold. Don’t let it go.” Harry feels like life is beginning to tick down, his autumn years spent quietly caring for the community he loves. Denise thinks life begins in retirement and she’s dancing like she’s still at high school. When their paths cross at the village hall, their understanding of the time they have left changes irrevocably. What do community, growing old, and falling in love really mean? And who gets to decide anyway? Trestle is a warm hearted, funny and moving look at two retired people brought together each week as they fold away a trestle table in their community hall. Winner of the Papatango New Writing Prize, the play premiered at Southwark Playhouse, London in 2017 and now comes to The Maltings Theatre under the direction of Off West End Award winner Matthew Parker who returns to direct for OVO following his ★★★★★ debut with Henry V.

★★★★★ “Thought-provoking, heart-warming” London Theatre 1

★★★★★ “A gem of a play” Rewrite This Story

★★★★ “Brimming with quiet insight and sympathetic humour” The Independent

★★★★ “A stealthy little heartbreaker” The Times

★★★★ “Funny, adorable, elegiac, brimming with gentle humour and bursting with heart” The Stage


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Cast & Creatives

Denise / Jilly Bond

Harry / Chris Pickles

Director / Matthew Parker
Set / Simon Nicholas

Costume / Delga Martineau
Lighting / Adam Bottomley


How do I access the stream?
You will recieve access information once you have purchased a live stream ticket. 
Can I watch if I don’t live in the UK?
Absolutely! We want as many people to enjoy our productions as possible, but make sure you check the time the stream will be available from/to in your time zone.
What time zone is the performance time in?
The performance times are always given in local time, currently Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). Make sure you’ve checked what time the stream will be available from/to in your time zone if watching from outside of the UK.
Will the on-demand recording be captioned?
Unfortunately we are not able to provide subtitles.
Will the on-demand recording be audio described?
Unfortunately we are not able to provide an audio described version.
On which devices will I be able to watch?
You will be able to watch on any device, such as a computer, smartphone or tablet with a stable internet connection.
Can I watch the performance on my phone?
Yes, you will be able to watch on a smartphone with a stable internet connection.
Can I cast the performance to a TV?
Yes, our streaming platform is browser-based so should allow you to cast the video directly to your TV.
I’ve booked but haven’t received an email confirmation, what should I do?
Please double check your junk/spam folder for the email confirmation. If you still can’t find the confirmation email please contact the Box Office and they will be happy to send out another. Email [email protected]
What protocols are in place to keep the cast and other staff working safe?
We are adhering to all the Government’s rehearsal and performance guidelines to make the theatre COVID-19 safe and ensure the wellbeing of everyone working. This includes (but is not limited to):
Keeping the number of people working in the building to a minimum
Adhering to social distancing; keeping more than 2 metres apart
Rehearsing and performing in a large and ventilated space
Wearing face coverings when entering, exiting, and moving around the building
Frequent sanitising and cleaning
If you have any further queries please contact the Box Office at [email protected]

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