The Dell

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

We invite you to join in our summer season in Stratford-upon-Avon and bring your performance to The Dell. Now in its 11th season, we invite you to take part in this exciting and popular season of outdoor shows.

The HandleBards perform The Comedy of Errors at The Dell.
Photo by Nicola Salmon © RSC – Image Licensing

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, attracting growing audience numbers of all ages.

Performances take place on weekends during June, July and August.

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

Application Process

Submissions are by open application to the RSC and will be short-listed by a panel.  The closing date for applications is Monday 6 March 2017

Please download the guidance notes and application form below:

The Dell 2017 Guidance notes

Dell Application Form 2017

If you would like to take part, please return your completed application form to