Picnic blankets at the ready, because you can watch Shakespeare for free outdoors this summer in a glorious riverside setting in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Where you can watch Shakespeare for free outdoors this summer
The Royal Shakespeare Company has organised a summer-long programme of weekend performances in The Dell.
Every weekend in June, July and August, this pretty little spot – located between the RSC theatres and Holy Trinity Church on the banks of the River Avon – will see short performances of William Shakespeare’s best works in abridged form or as a mash-up of plays.
Outdoor staging will host a range of acting troupes in the open-air theatre each weekend, from school groups and amateur performers to professional theatre companies.
Performances are typically an hour and 30 minutes long and audience members are asked to arrive 10-15 minutes before the start time to get comfortable on the grass. There’s no need to book, just turn up.
What’s on at the open-air theatre?
If you want to watch Shakespeare for free outdoors this summer, here’s the full events list from the second weekend in June:
Watch Shakespeare for free outdoors in June
Saturday June 9 at midday and 3pm THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR by THE KING’S TROUPE
Sunday June 10 at midday and 3pm TWELFTH NIGHT by THE CHAMELEONS
Saturday June 16 at midday and 3pm MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING by ARCLIGHT DRAMA STUDIO
Sunday June 17 at midday and 3pm SHAKESPEARIENCE! by the SHAKESPEARE INSTITUTE
Saturday June 23 and Sunday June 24 from 11pm THE MIDSUMMER DANCE PARTY
Saturday June 30 at 12.30pm and 4pm MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING by THE STRATFORD SHAKESPEARE COMPANY
Watch Shakespeare for free outdoors in July
Sunday July 1 at midday and 3pm NOTHING OF WOMAN IN ME by FLAMMAVOX
Saturday July 7 at midday and 3pm A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, DORMER HOUSE SCHOOL
Sunday July 8 at midday and 3pm AS YOU LIKE IT by SUN & MOON THEATRE
Saturday July 14 at midday and 3pm MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING by PARTNERS RAPT
Saturday June 21 at midday and 3pm WHEN THERE’S A WILL THERE’S A WAY by STAGECOACH KENILWORTH
Sunday July 22 at midday and 3pm THE GAME’S AFOOT by THE COLLECTIVE
Saturday July 28 at 11am and 3pm TWELFTH NIGHT by GLOUCESTERSHIRE YOUTH PLAYERS
Sunday July 29 at 11am MUCH ADO ABOUT THE SHREW by MATE PRODUCTIONS
Sunday July 29 at 1.30pm THE TWO NOBLE KINSMAN by the YORK SHAKESPEARE PROJECT
Watch Shakespeare for free outdoors in August
Saturday August 4 at midday and 3.30pm THE TAMING OF THE SHREW by THE ORATORY FOUNDATION
Sunday August 5 at midday and 3pm KING LEAR by EVERYMAN YOUTH THEATRE
Saturday August 11 at midday TWELFTH NIGHT by SECOND BEST BED
Saturday August 11 at 3pm THE SHAKESPEARE LOVE SLAM by BLOOMIN ARTS
Sunday August 12 at midday and 3pm ROMEO AND JULIET by PROJECT SHAKESPEARE
Saturday August 18 at midday and 3pm MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING by the EDINBURGH GRADUATE THEATRE GROUP
Sunday August 19 at midday and 3pm THIS ROUGH MAGIC by SHAKESPEARE LIVE
Saturday August 25 at midday and 3pm OTHELLO AND MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING by BMH PRODUCTIONS
Sunday August 26 at midday and 3pm TITUS ANDRONICUS by THE FOOL’S MEN
You can download the full brochure here.
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