Sheltering Sky

The Greeks got it right. When all the elements are in place — a balmy night, a cloudless sky, a slight breeze coming down from the hills — there is no more perfect setting for theater than the great outdoors. Of course, when it comes to places like the U.K. and the season the British laughingly call summer, audiences are more apt to have their theatergoing experience shaped by steady rain, bone-chilling cold and gale-force winds replacing that gentle breeze. But still the tradition holds. This summer, in places ranging from London to a tiny lakeside village in Norway,...

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