The Courtyard Stage
When Mutiny Bay opened in 2008, one corner of the existing Courtyard BBQ was transformed into an outdoor entertainment venue. The new stage meant that guests could enjoy a show whilst they ate , though there were also several rows of seating around the stage for people to sit on (though these guests may get a little damp!).
In its early years visiting pop acts would occasionally take advantage of the stage, though the stage was mainly used for the various incarnations of the Pirates Of Mutiny Bay show.
The plot of the show would normally involve a motley crew of pirates embarking on a quest to find some sort of relic. Each show was filled with slapstick and pirate based pop parodies as well as a range of familiar set pieces such as the piranha barrel and the skull sets various fire effects.
The Pirates of Mutiny Bay performed in the courtyard for the final time at the end of 2015, before the stage was shuttered as part of the park's TLC scheme. In 2017 it was announced that the stage would be removed as part of the part of the development of the new Smoke House restaurant for 2018.
But the story didn't end there... as later in 2017 it emerged that the stage and props of the pirate show would be used one last time as part of The Welcoming scare maze during Scarefest.
The Smoke House restaurant plans were later shelved, meaning the courtyard stage has had a brief reprieve from the wrecking ball but it is unlikely to ever host another pirate show now it has been repurposed into The Welcoming.
And as for the pirates themselves, whilst they moved out of the Courtyard in 2015 their shows live on in the Alton Towers Hotel once a year as part of the resort's Pirates and Princesses February Half Term event.