Illyria Open Air Theatre Production

30th June 2018

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Hilton Village Hall Committee are proud to welcome back the amazing famous Illyria Open Air Theatre Company this summer on the Centenary of the Royal Air Force on Saturday 30 June 2018 to present The Adventures of Dr Dolittle. 



We are now delighted to announce that there will also be a special flypast of a Battle Of Britain Memorial Flight Hurricane during the afternoon at 1.05PM




Picnics from 1pm, gates open 3pm, performance approx 1 hr 50mins (inc 20 min interval)

Many will remember their fabulous production of "The Twits" on Hilton Green during the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2012 and we are really pleased to have been able to persuade them to return again.

When do we ever miss the opportunity to have a party – not often - and so Hilton Village Hall Committee wanted to invite you all to celebrate some major events in our nation’s history with family and friends making unforgettable memories.  So once again, we are rising to the challenge of welcoming the wonderful professional open air theatre group Illyria to our village to perform The Adventures of Dr Dolittle

  • Bring your own picnic, seating/rug  from 1.00 pm on the Village Green
  • Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Hurricane flypast at 1.05PM
  • Gates for the theatre production to open at 3.00 pm
  • Performance to commence at 4.00 pm (1 hour 40 minutes including a 20 minute interval)
  • Refreshments on sale
  • Don’t forget warm clothes/umbrellas – it is British summertime after all.
  • The production will take place unless we have a hurricane when the performance will be rescheduled.
  • Tickets are non-refundable.
  • This is a fund-raising event for the Hilton Village Hall
  • Details of how to book your tickets and timings below:-

Tickets: (+5% fee), or

01480 830202, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Adult: £12, Child (3-14 years): £8, 0-3 years: Free

You can contact any member of the Hilton Village Hall Committee or telephone 01480 830202 if you have any questions or have a general enquiry about the event.

I am sure many of you will remember the spectacular production of The Twits performed in 2012 by Illyria on our Village Green, so you know how much family fun this is going to be.  Don’t delay and miss out on this special event, book your tickets now and let the storybook adventures unfold. 

We look forward to welcoming you all on the 30th June to a fun-filled afternoon. 



Greetings from the cast of Dr Dolittle


Some clips from Illyrias last visit to Hilton can be found HERE



If you would like to order tickets or you have any questions please contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



When Dr John Dolittle of Puddleby-on-the-Marsh is taught by his wise old parrot Polynesia how to talk to animals news of his skills spreads far and wide. Soon animals across the world send messages asking for his help. So 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, spread compassion and gain a greater understanding of the animal kingdom. 
A funny, much-loved and exciting adventure, with a strong message about responsibility towards animals and the environment, this show is created by the same Illyria team who brought you an entire menagerie of animal puppets in DANNY THE CHAMPION OF THE WORLD and a life-size T-Rex in THE LOST WORLD.
The show is suitable for cheeky monkeys aged from 5 to 95.


More details and important information below


Battle of Britain Memorial Flight –   Yes, it is true – the village of Hilton has been granted the very rare honour, for the second time, of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight – Hurricane Flypast during the afternoon of Saturday 30th June. 


It has to be clearly understood that RAF participation at public events is entirely subject to RAF service requirements.  It may be necessary, therefore, to withdraw from a flypast at any time should the need arise.

I will probably not know the final timings of the flypast until the actual day but will keep the village website updated with any information I receive prior to the event.


Important Advisory Notes: Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times – some of the roads around the Village Green will hopefully be closed for safety reasons but there will still be cars around some areas.


Parking will be very restricted to those visitors coming from further afield, so could you please refrain from attempting to park on Hilton Village Green and be considerate to our local residents  – please walk if possible, drop off chairs and picnic requirements prior to the event and arrange to park on friends’ drives if at all possible.  Parking attendants/advisors will be on duty on Saturday 30th June.


May I respectfully ask that all dog owners are extra vigilant in regard to clearing up after their own dogs whilst out walking on Hilton Village Green the week prior to/and on the early morning of Saturday 30th June.  We will (hopefully) have many friends and visitors with young children enjoying their picnic and the open air theatre production so it would be very helpful and considerate if everyone could be mindful of this.


Some elements of the weekend may change and timings may alter slightly due to the Hurricane flypast timings – up-to-date information will be available here and on village noticeboards.


Come and join us for some traditional family and community fun – we look forward to welcoming you all for a truly memorable afternoon.

Last Updated on Saturday, 23 June 2018 13:25