Miss Popplewell's Garden


Eastport Lane, Southover Road, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 1TL

Tel: 01323 501260

Illustration from Miss Popplewell's Garden

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The well-loved Rude Mechanical Theatre Company will be back at Southover Grange Gardens, Lewes again this summer on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th July with their new play, Miss Popplewell's Garden.  The company, which performs in small rural communities across Southern England, has a cast of professional actor/musicans and has been coming to the town for many years and it's always a fun experience.

The story goes like this - it's April 1940 and Jocasta, Daphne and Dotty will have to move from their school in idyllic Little Inkling, Sussex to Buckinghamshire, where they will take refuge from the war.  Lessons are suspended and they have two weeks left to have some fun and say goodbye to their friends.  It's a disaster for Daphne - all she wants is to be kissed before she's 17, but now she's got to move away, she may never see Gerald again!  The girls decide to make one last raid on the old witch Miss Popplewell's strawberry patch.  But an intruder gets in first.  Who is he?  Is it the gypsies, a burglar, even an escaped convict?  The villagers panic!  But they're British!  They must stick together.  

In the meantime, will the girls get the strawberries?  Will their kindly headmistress, Miss Tricklebank, confine them to their dorms?  Will Daphne be kissed before she's 17?  You will have to be there to find out.  The play is woven with poignancy and gently unearths buried things from Miss Popplewell's past.  

Start 7.30pm.  Bring your own chairs or rugs and a picnic.  Picnics from 6.00pm.  

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adults£23.00 per adult
Child£10.00 per child
Concessions£22.00 per concession
Family£56.00 per family

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

Map & Directions

Opening Times

Season (8 July 2023 - 9 July 2023)
Saturday - Sunday19:30 - 22:00

* Picnics from 6.00pm

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