01 Jan 1970

Age Recommendation: 7+


Wind amongst the trees to find a grand Oxfordshire valley with stunning views for David Walliams’ best-seller Awful Auntie on the outdoor stage. 

The new playground at the Saxby Hall Orphanage is finally complete, and we can’t wait to celebrate with you. The orphanage was founded by Stella Saxby, who some of you may remember. Her parents were killed in a car crash in 1933, leaving her an orphan, all alone with her Awful Auntie. And when we say awful, we mean awful. Aunt Alberta and her best friend Wagner, a vicious Bavarian owl, tried everything they could to torment Stella into signing over the deed to Saxby Hall. But Stella, with the help of her friend Soot (the ghost of a chimney sweep, but friends come in all shapes and sizes, don’t they?) fought off Aunt Alberta, saved Saxby Hall, and gifted the beautiful Saxby Hall to be used as an orphanage.

Awful Auntie by David Walliams, adapted for the outdoor stage by Heartbreak Productions, is a truly thrilling tale. Owls, ghosts, chases, escapes, motorcycle rides, and tiddlywinks all fill Stella’s days as she evades her menacing Aunt and saves the family home. So, please join us at the dedication of the new playground at Saxby Hall and hear how it all came about. Make sure you bring a blanket or chair to sit on, weather-appropriate gear, and a picnic, as the tale could take some time to tell, and storytelling can be hungry work!

Presented with the generous support of Cornbury Park.

About the event

  • The site and bar will be open from one hour before performance time.
  • Bring picnic blankets/fold up chairs or hire a deck chair from us. (select at checkout)
  • We will run events outside in most weather conditions, where it is safe to do so. Please dress appropriately!
  • Tickets can be booked in one of two zones.  In Zone A audiences are closer to the stage and can sit on fold up/camping chairs bought from home, or hire deck chairs from us. In Zone B, audiences are seated on the raised side of the valley, facing the stage, and may sit on the grass or bring a picnic blanket from home. 
  • For directions, access information and further information on the venue CLICK HERE 
  • Make your visit extra special by pre-ordering deluxe picnic boxes from Feast Grazing, including afternoon tea and children’s options. Choose your food at check-out.
  • If you have already booked your tickets, but would like to add picnic boxes or deck chairs to your order, please contact the Box Office on 01608 642350.


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Ticketing Info

Performance Times: 2.30pm & 6.30pm

Tickets: £12, £10 under 16s

Deck chair hire: £7.50 (selec at checkout)

All prices include any booking fees.

Approximate running time: 2 hours including interval

General booking opens - 11th April, 11am

Venue Info

Ranger's Lawn at Cornbury Park