The Dell

Applications are now open for The Dell, our 2019 summer season of outdoor performances in Avonbank Gardens, Stratford-upon-Avon.

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.

We invite you to join in our summer season and bring your performance to The Dell. Now in its 13th season, you have the opportunity to take part in this exciting and popular season of outdoor shows. 

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.

thedell The Oratory foundation2018 by Nicola Salmon
The Oratory Foundation from Trinidad and Tobago perform The Taming of the Shrew at The Dell.

What we are looking for

The Dell offers great potential for groups to bring an already established piece of work or to create something especially for the space. Please download and read the full guidance notes for applications, but as a starting point we are looking for productions that:

  • Are suitable for outdoor space with no access to power
  • Are suitable for a family audience
  • Are no longer than 90 minutes long
  • Are written or inspired by Shakespeare or are inspired by the work and performances of David Garrick / Garrick’s Jubilee.

Submissions are by open application to the RSC and will be short-listed by a panel. The closing date for applications is Sunday 3 February 2019.

Download an application form for The Dell 2019 or request a form to be sent to you by emailing

The Dell Guidance Notes

The Dell Stage Design