The Dell

Come and enjoy free open air theatre at The Dell, our outdoor stage in Avonbank Gardens, Stratford-upon-Avon.

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The HandleBards perform The Comedy of Errors at The Dell.
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Due to unforeseen circumstances, the performances on Sunday 22 July have been cancelled.

Sorry for any inconvenience caused.

On weekends during June, July and August, our outdoor theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, The Dell, hosts a range of lively student, community and semi-professional productions of Shakespeare’s plays.

The Dell was launched as part of the Complete Works Festival in 2006 and has hosted more than 300 amateur theatre companies, community groups, schools, universities and professional theatre companies to growing audience numbers of all ages.

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When There’s a Will There’s a Way, Stagecoach Kenilworth

When There’s a Will There’s a Way, Stagecoach Kenilworth

Until 21 July 2018

The Dell

12 noon and 3pm, 1 hour

Join William Shakespeare and a group of young people aged between 6-16 as they explore William’s early life and inspirations. Shakespeare has hit a road block in his creative career and needs the help of his friends, romans and countrymen.
Stagecoach Kenilworth offers a safe environment where children can receive quality training in the performing arts. We welcome children with no previous experience and all we ask is that they are enthusiastic and keen to learn. Students develop in confidence, physical awareness, communication and articulation. Tom, alongside his fantastic team of teachers, strives to deliver excellence in education, and inspire the students of Stagecoach Kenilworth - allowing each and every child to flourish not only in class, but in life.

Free, no booking required.

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Twelfth Night, Gloucestershire Youth Players

Twelfth Night, Gloucestershire Youth Players

28 July 2018

The Dell

11am and 3pm, 2 hours

GYP take you on a magical journey to the land of Illyria, where society and love is turned upon its head, and a parallel universe of madness and mayhem, a land of alternative facts, becomes a seeming reality.

Free, no booking required.

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The Two Noble Kinsman, York Shakespeare Project

The Two Noble Kinsman, York Shakespeare Project

29 July 2018

The Dell

1.30pm, 1 hour 30 minutes

Set in Regency England in the bloody aftermath of the Napoleonic wars, as soldiers, lovers and tyrants descend on the May-day festivities, intent on revelry and dancing. As the country prepares to celebrate the peace, love is in the air – desperate love, unrequited love, dangerous love.
York Shakespeare Project was established in 2001 to perform all of Shakespeare’s known plays in York over a period of 20 years. We have so far staged 29 productions covering 32 of Shakespeare’s plays. We are on target to produce all the plays by 2020. Outside of this we have produced Sonnet Walks, talks, sponsored readathons and educational workshops, all in aid of exploring Shakespeare's work.

Free, no booking required.

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The Taming of the Shrew

The Taming of the Shrew

4 August 2018

The Dell

12 noon and 3.30pm, 1 hour

Embracing Shakespeare’s story with robust energy, calypso and Caribbean imagery, whilst remaining faithful to Shakespeare’s script; the Oratory Foundation from Trinidad and Tobago present a 1960’s Taming of the Shrew.
The Oratory Foundation from Trinidad and Tobago, teaches children and teenagers poetry in performance and Shakespeare.

Free, no booking required.

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King Lear, Everyman Youth Theatre

King Lear, Everyman Youth Theatre

5 August 2018

The Dell

12 noon and 3pm, 1 hour 30 minutes

Everyman Youth Theatre are pleased to present their abridged version of King Lear by William Shakespeare. This tragedy explores the downfall of Lear and the Earl of Gloucester due to the ingratitude of their children.
Everyman Youth Theatre work collaboratively with young people aged 7 to 19, to broaden knowledge and create work through improvisation, script writing and text, exploring theatre for one, immersive theatre, musical comedies and Shakespeare.

Free, no booking required.

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Twelfth Night, Second Best Bed

Twelfth Night, Second Best Bed

11 August 2018

The Dell

12 noon, 1 hour 30 minutes

All characters are played by three actors in a whirlwind of frantic costume (and gender!) changes, using an innovative set, with an entirely original musical score. This show inspires laughter and discussion, through exciting modern twists mixed with traditional roots.
Second Best Bed was set up in 2015 by Mollie Fyfe-Taylor, with the aim of touring their productions to rural locations in order to make theatre more accessible for local communities.

Free, no booking required.

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The Shakespeare Love Slam, Bloomin Arts

The Shakespeare Love Slam, Bloomin Arts

11 August 2018

The Dell

3pm, 1 hour

A fast paced performance of passion, romance, jealousy and unrequited LOVE. From the flirtations of As You Like It to the dark power struggles in Anthony and Cleopatra we discover Shakespeare's universal appeal through some of his love stories.
Bloomin'Arts Theatre Company is a team of professional performers and visual artist who just happen to have a learning or physical disability. They hail from Surrey where they run arts activities and courses from our cosy little workshop in Lingfield.

Free, no booking required.

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Romeo and Juliet, Project Shakespeare

Romeo and Juliet, Project Shakespeare

12 August 2018

The Dell

12 noon and 3pm, 1 hour 15 minutes

“O brawling love! O loving hate!” Two teenagers drawn together by desire, defy their families long-simmering hatred and find that daring to love one’s enemy comes at a terrible cost. Project Shakespeare students tell the story of Shakespeare’s greatest love story by unraveling the threads that connect their lives to this masterpiece.
Founded in 1994 by Deborah Shakespeare Thurber, Project Shakespeare engages and inspires young theatre artists through the discovery and exploration of classic texts utilizing voice, movement and stagecraft.

Free, no booking required.

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Much Ado About Nothing, Edinburgh Graduate Theatre Group

Much Ado About Nothing, Edinburgh Graduate Theatre Group

18 August 2018

The Dell

12 noon and 3pm, 1 hour 30 minutes

May 1945: the war is over. The Prince and his courtiers, returned from the Western Front, have come to visit Leonata and her household. Claudio falls madly in love with the fair Hero and sets out to woo her. Not content with their own joy, Claudio and Hero conspire to bring their long-suffering cousins Beatrice and Benedick together.
Founded in 1954 by alumni of Edinburgh University, multi-award winning Edinburgh Graduate Theatre Group regularly produces five productions a year. EGTG, mentored by Niamh Cusack, was the peoples choice for participation in Sky Arts’ programme Nation’s Best AmDram.

Free, no booking required.

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This Rough Magic, Shakespeare Live

This Rough Magic, Shakespeare Live

19 August 2018

The Dell

12 noon and 3pm, 1 hour 30 minutes

Magic, witchcraft, mystery, fairies and all things spooky! The mysterious figure of Prospero from The Tempest introduces this fascinating mix of comedy, tragedy and philosophical ideas, exploring the themes of the occult in many of Shakespeare's plays and poems.
Shakespeare Live are celebrating their 30th year of outdoor Shakespeare in Wiltshire. A registered charity, the company has donated to many charitable causes over the years, and aims also to promote Shakespeare's plays as widely as possible, and especially to build participation and involvement of young people.

Free, no booking required.

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Othello and Much Ado About Nothing, BMH Productions

Othello and Much Ado About Nothing, BMH Productions

25 August 2018

The Dell

Othello- 12 noon, 1 hour
Much Ado About Nothing- 3pm, 1 hour

Two shows, two hours, one war. The shows explore the troubling details of love, and how jealousy and envy can be both overcome – and how they can lead to disaster. Set against a war that has been inescapable for everyone, BMH explore the themes of love, death, honour and fate using music, song and dance.

This is BMH’s 11th year with the RSC Summer festival and this production is set to be one of the best yet!
Free, no booking required.

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Titus Andronicus, The Fool’s Men

Titus Andronicus, The Fool’s Men

26 August 2018

The Dell

12 noon and 3pm, 1 hour 30 minutes

With international influences, this Netherlands based theatre company bring an abridged version, focusing on making it relevant to young people today.
The Fool's Men are a young, international company who are ready to take on the world with their performance of TITUS ANDRONICUS this summer. Based in the Netherlands, the group consists of sixteen ambitious young men and women from a variety of different ages, countries, and backgrounds, that have come together to celebrate Shakespeare's way and words.

Free, no booking required.

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