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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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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Much Ado About Nothing, The Stratford Shakespeare Company

Much Ado About Nothing, The Stratford Shakespeare Company

30 June 2018

The Dell

12.30pm and 4pm, 1 hour 15 minutes

‘There was a star danced, and under that was I born’. Travel back in time to Renaissance Italy for this historical production. In Messina, Leonato and family receive exciting news that some familiar soldiers are travelling back from war. They are victorious, and it is time for the celebrations to begin.
The Stratford Shakespeare Company are a newly formed collaboration between local actors and students from the University of Birmingham’s Shakespeare Institute. We focus on bringing family friendly outdoor performances with a historical feel to the local area. There will be music, dancing and beautiful costumes to add to the gorgeous scenery of Stratford-Upon-Avon.

Free, no booking required.

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Nothing of Woman in Me

Nothing of Woman in Me

1 July 2018

The Dell

12 noon and 3pm, 1 hour 15 minutes

A series of monologues for Shakespeare’s voiceless women, including Lavinia from Titus Andronicus and Hermione from The Winter’s Tale. Through humour and horror, rebellion and rage, these women bridge the gap of time with their loud, ferocious voices.
FlammaVox was founded in 2017 at the Shakespeare Institute, created by former and current students, united by their interest in Shakespeare and theatre, and a passion for bringing lost, forgotten and neglected voices to the stage in the spirit of progressive rebellion.

Free, no booking required.

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Dormer House School

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Dormer House School

7 July 2018

The Dell

12 noon and 3pm, 1 hour 5 minutes

The production is a re-imagined 1960s version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Shakespeare’s text remains but edited to an hour. This is Shakespeare by children for children and their families. Join us for a perfect introduction to a world of magic, mayhem and mischief.
Founded in 1875 Dormer House School has a well-deserved reputation for recognising and developing the potential of the individual child. Dormer House in Moreton-in-Marsh is an independent school for children aged 2-11 years. Gold Artsmark status verifies Dormer House’s great emphasis on The Arts. Every week children enjoy an hour of Shakespeare, Drama, Art, Music, Dance, Design and Technology and Picture Study all of which complement academic study and fuel curiosity.

Free, no booking required.

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As You Like It, Sun & Moon Theatre

As You Like It, Sun & Moon Theatre

8 July 2018

The Dell

12 noon and 3pm, 1 hour 20 minutes

Within the confines of the tech-obsessed world of the Court, the future feels bleak, but when Rosalind is dismissed by her uncle, rather than despair, she and her cousin, Celia, seize the opportunity for a fresh start in the Forest of Arden. Fuelled by live music, wit and the giddiness of falling in love, this jubilant ensemble production serves as a reminder to do what you love and remember how to live!
Sun & Moon Theatre were founded by Year Out Drama Company and University of Exeter alumni and are invested in delighting their audience with joyous, thought-provoking theatre, specialising in Shakespeare, ensemble practice, intensive solo work and working with First Folio scripts.

Free, no booking required.

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Much Ado About Nothing, Partners Rapt

Much Ado About Nothing, Partners Rapt

14 July 2018

The Dell

12 noon and 3pm, 1 hour 30 minutes

Encapsulating the turbulent, confusing and often terrifying feeling of falling in love. This graduate company will demonstrate through their energetic, playful style how timeless this story really is with live music and song.
Born out of a newly written play of the same name performed at The University of Warwick, Partners Rapt began life as a company in 2015, drawn together by a common desire to adapt, re-imagine and create exciting theatre based on the works of William Shakespeare.

Free, no booking required.

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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

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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The Game’s Afoot, The Collective

The Game’s Afoot, The Collective

22 July 2018

The Dell

12 noon and 3pm, 1 hour

This will be a performance of a well-loved Shakespeare play on a shoestring, and in a heartbeat. The acting company will come together for the first time just 24 hours before the performance, armed only with a box of random props and a cut-down script.
The Collective are a group of performers who work, or have worked, for a particular writer-lead Theatre by the river in Stratford-upon-Avon. Formed in 2016, on a mission to flex their creative muscles whilst earning a crust in the 'day job', their ranks include professional actors, musicians, directors and producers, bringing a wealth of experience in both new writing and classical texts.

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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