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.
Photo by Nicola Salmon © RSC – Image Licensing
Shakespeare’s Folk Tales, Amanda Smith and 1623 Theatre Company

Shakespeare’s Folk Tales, Amanda Smith and 1623 Theatre Company

1pm, 3pm, 30 July 2016

The Dell

What traditional tales inspired Shakespeare? From Welsh and Italian Folktale to Norse Saga, we’ll see the stories that inspired the themes, plots and characters of Shakespeare. There will be storytelling, song, performance and participation as we see Shakespeare a little differently.

Timon of Athens, Rendered Retina Theatre

Timon of Athens, Rendered Retina Theatre

12pm, 3pm, 31 July 2016

The Dell

Is Timon of Athens a comedy? Or is it a tragedy? This version will have music, laughter, a box and a whole host of hats. Watch the show go from comedy to tragedy and back again as they take you on a rollercoaster of emotions. There isn’t a definitive answer to what kind of play this is, but one is for certain, you’re in for an experience like no other!

The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Sun and Moon Theatre

The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Sun and Moon Theatre

1pm, 3:30pm, 6 August 2016

The Dell

Explore the changeability of 'love' in youth with humour, melancholy and bite, focusing on what matters most when growing up – friendships, desires, and yourself. One of Shakespeare's first and most wildly underrated plays, prepare to be entertained by the follies of youth and transported back to the swinging 60’s. Lasts approx. 1 hour 20 minutes

As You Like It, The King’s Troupe

As You Like It, The King’s Troupe

12pm, 3pm, 7 August 2016

The Dell

The King’s Troupe return to The Dell along with a Romanian inter-generational theatre group they helped establish, the London Taiko drum-school and actors from their local centre for refugees in Halifax. The Forest of Arden will become a vibrant mix of cultures and languages including Romanian, Iranian, Kurdish, Syrian and African. The King’s Troupe is delighted to be supported by the British Shakespeare Association.

Twelfth Night, Fathom Theatre

Twelfth Night, Fathom Theatre

11:30am, 2:30pm, 13 August 2016

The Dell

Three women, one puppet, a host of characters and a little help from you…Fathom Theatre pushes Shakespeare’s identity-swapping comedy to its hilarious limits with intense hat-switching, plenty of laughs and at least one rocking pair of yellow stockings. It’s the age old tale, you know the one - women become men, men become puppets, puppets have identity crises and accidentally get into duels.

Richard II, Everyman Youth Theatre

Richard II, Everyman Youth Theatre

12pm, 3pm, 14 August 2016

The Dell

Everyman Youth Theatre is proud to present this story about the right of kings, of justice, power, identity and loyalty. The balance of the scales tips as Richard’s grasp of his kingship, his people, of England and his crown slowly slip away. Fatally flawed, Richard is powerless against Bolingbroke, a King for the people, for England, and a man of action

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, OUDS

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, OUDS

12pm, 3pm, 20 August 2016

The Dell

Bradford, 1920s, where the industrial elite tries to shrug off its gypsy roots. Theseus is to marry Hippolyta to end a local feud. Ambitious Demetrius loves Helena, but has his eyes on a more financial prize, Hermia. All want to distance themselves from the travelling community, but it is only through their experiences in the forest that they can undo the love tangles that threaten to ruin their own.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, BMH

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, BMH

12pm, 3pm, 27 August 2016

The Dell

The same company of actors present two one-act versions of plays linked by the dangerous power of magic. In Macbeth the dark magic of the witches tempts the noble Macbeth to fall to murder. In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the playful magic of the fairies leads to confusions, mayhem and finally true love.Keeping all of the beauty of Shakespeare’s language and the wonder of his storytelling, combined with action, sword fights, puppetry and farce, these performances will immerse you in two very different worlds.

Macbeth, BMH

Macbeth, BMH

3pm, 27 August 2016
12pm, 28 August 2016

The Dell

The same company of actors present two one-act versions of plays linked by the dangerous power of magic. In Macbeth the dark magic of the witches tempts the noble Macbeth to fall to murder. In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the playful magic of the fairies leads to confusions, mayhem and finally true love.Keeping all of the beauty of Shakespeare’s language and the wonder of his storytelling, combined with action, sword fights, puppetry and farce, these performances will immerse you in two very different worlds.