august, 2018

09aug(aug 9)7:00 pm(aug 9)7:00 pmGarden Theatre - Illyria - Dr Dolittle

Event Details

Suitable for cheeky monkeys aged 5+

Gates open 6:00 pm. Performance starts 7:00 pm

Running time: approx. 1 hour 40 minutes including a 20 minute interval  

Price: Adult £14.00, Child £10.00, Family (4 people) £42.00


“Will you stop your daydreaming”? Join us on the Sunken Lawns of Knebworth House this summer. Hot drinks and ice creams sold on site. After performing two amazing and creative shows at Knebworth House in 2017, the multi-award winning theatre group, Illyria is back this year with their rendition of Hugh Lofting’s Dr Dolittle on 9th August.



This is a funny, much-loved and exciting adventure, with a strong message about responsibility towards animals and the environment. Dr John Dolittle of Puddleby-on-the-Marsh starts out as a human doctor, but once his wise old parrot Polynesia teaches him how to talk to animals he becomes the most celebrated veterinary doctor in England. Word of his skills spreads and animals across the world send messages asking for his help. He buys a leaky old ship and together with his trusty pet-crew of Jip the dog, Chee-Chee the monkey, Dab-Dab the Duck and permanently hungry Gub-Gub the pig, sets forth on a mission to heal illness, right wrongs and gain a greater understanding of the animal kingdom.

Expect big things! This show was created by the same team who brought you a life-size T-Rex in “The Lost World”.


Additional Information

  • Outdoor Venue
    Set on the Sunken Lawn within the 28-acres of delightful Formal Gardens at  Knebworth House, this performance will be sure to capture the imaginations of visitors young and old.
  • What to bring
    Please bring your own low-backed seating or rugs. Bring a picnic, but please no BBQs. The show will go on whatever the weather, so come prepared for all weather conditions. Therefore, sunhats, sun cream, sunglasses, raincoats and rain hats should all be considered.


Please note: as this is an out of hours event the House, Park, Gardens, Adventure Playground and Dinosaur Trail will be closed.



Illyria Outdoor Theatre Group

The group was created in 1991 and ever since has delighted audiences the length and breadth of the UK, and in the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, France, the United States and Canada. Illyria is proud that for 25 years its popularity has enabled it to operate on a professional basis without any public funding.

The group has given more performances to more people across a wider area than any other open air touring theatre company. Illyria’s presence dominates the sector and its standards set the bar high. Having won 4 international “Best Performance” awards and attracted numerous “5-star” and “Critics’ Choice” reviews, you can expect great things.


(Thursday) 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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