The Byre Theatre in St Andrews has announced the first ever Byre In The Botanics, a major season of outdoor concerts, dance, opera and theatre at one of Scotland’s hidden gems, the beautiful St Andrews Botanic Garden.
The season will open on 30 June with Les Miserables and Cabaret star Samantha Barks in concert to celebrate the launch of her new album – her only Scottish date in 2016. Other top acts gracing the stage (with fully-covered seating) include Scotland’s best-selling female album artist Barbara Dickson alongside her friend of 40 years Rab Noakes (22 July); jazz icon Jacqui Dankworth re-visiting her father Sir John Dankworth’s seminal album Shakespeare And All That Jazz (8 July); one of the world’s greatest Celtic music acts Capercaillie fronted by the sublime vocals of Karen Matheson (23 July); thrilling Scottish five-piece Breabach whose dynamic brand of roots and folk earned them a Best Band nomination at the Radio 2 Folk Awards (9 July) and, direct from Louisiana, the New Orleans Swamp Donkeys (16 July) who gained over a million YouTube hits for their cover of the Game Of Thrones theme and are guaranteed to get the party started with their mix of vaudeville, blues and classic jazz.
The main stage will also play host to some unmissable live performances, including JSLN Dance from Berlin with Variations on Pointe (1 & 2 July), a triple bill of classic, comedic and modern ballet; the acclaimed Opera Up Close making their Scottish debut with their smash-hit production of Bizet’s classic tale of romantic obsession Carmen (sung in English with new script by Robin Norton-Hale) (29 July) and a night of songs, operatic arias and ensembles inspired by the plays and poetry of Shakespeare (30 July) and Bard In The Botanics with an electrifying new version of Macbeth (5 & 6 August).
Before the live entertainment a big screen will show classic films with a twist- think West Side Story with added swing dance lessons- and major productions from Shakespeare’s Globe and Glyndebourne. Concert ticket holders can access the screening that night for free and children aged 16 and under go free to all concerts (excluding Samantha Barks). In-between events, everyone can enjoy local strawberries and cream and light bites at the on-site cafe or relax with a drink at the Champagne and wine bar.
Watch the trailer here:
You can view the online programme below: