RYEDALE Folk Museum is delighted to be hosting award-winning, open-air theatre company Illyria again this summer, with two fabulous new shows.

The first performance is ‘Frankenstein’, a musical adaptation, on Thursday, July 25, followed by ‘Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves’ on Tuesday, August 13.

Illyria has delighted audiences across the UK, Europe and in the United States and Canada, including winning four international ‘Best Performance’ awards.

Their mission is to create ‘outstandingly enjoyable theatre and to make it available for everyone to see’.

‘Frankenstein’ is based on Mary Shelley’s popular story, told with spectacular stage effects, puppetry and flashes of the wickedly dark humour for which Illyria is celebrated.

Exploring the dramatic consequences of Viktor Frankenstein’s decision to create life - his famous ‘monster’ - and the trouble that ensues, the play contains mature themes but is suitable for ages eight and over.

For younger spectators, ‘Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves’ is a fast-paced comedic treat, packed with cliff-hangers and laughs galore - perfect summer fun for thieves and vagabonds aged five years and over.

Both shows start at 7pm, with doors opening at 6pm. There will be refreshments available to purchase from the pop-up bar, but families are invited to bring their own picnics, seating and blankets. Tickets cost £14 for adults and £9 for children (under 16).

More information can be found at https://www.ryedalefolkmuseum.co.uk/events/

* The Gazette & Herald has a family ticket for readers to win to see ‘Frankenstein’ or ‘Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves’.

To win, just answer the following question and send your answer to gazette@gazetteherald.co.uk by Monday, July 22. Usual rules apply.

Who wrote Frankenstein?