Top 5 Stratford-upon-Avon events in July no. 3: Free Shakespeare outdoors

Watch Shakespeare for free outdoors this summer

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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