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
Comedy of Errors, Pinch-Punch Theatre

Comedy of Errors, Pinch-Punch Theatre

1:30pm, 24 June 2017

The Dell

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Antipholus of Syracuse, and his servant Dromio, pack up and leave home to find their long-lost twin brothers. They soon find a sleepy market town to be full of secrets, lies and mayhem.
Pinch-Punch Theatre was formed at the University of Warwick in 2016 by a group of Shakespeare-thirsty undergraduates.

Free, no booking required.

Much Ado About Nothing, FOH Theatre Company

Much Ado About Nothing, FOH Theatre Company

12pm, 3pm, 1 July 2017

The Dell

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Old friends will be reunited, new loves may develop, and with the merry quarrellers, Beatrice and Benedick, together again, there are sure to be fireworks. With the local watchmen keeping an eye on proceedings, what could possibly go wrong? Sit back, relax, and enjoy the party.
Front of House Theatre Company was founded in 2014 in order to showcase the talent of those normally found pouring your drinks and taking your tickets at a well-known concrete building on London’s South Bank.

Free, no booking required.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Little Lute Productions

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Little Lute Productions

12pm, 3pm, 2 July 2017

The Dell

Duration: 50 minutes

Using music to explore the larger-than-life characters in a charming and quirky fashion, from a cymbal crashing Titania, to a harmonica playing Puck, we transport you to the magical world and remind them that ‘When words fail, music speaks’.
Little Lute Productions are a touring theatre company based in Northampton specialising in exploring Shakespeare through music and sound. Their aim is to introduce Shakespeare in an exciting and modern way to family audiences.

Free, no booking required.

Henry V, Eris Theatre Company

Henry V, Eris Theatre Company

11:30am, 3pm, 8 July 2017

The Dell

Duration: 1 hour

Join our Chorus as they guide you through the events of Henry V, using puppetry, visual and physical theatre to conjure up the imagery of the battlefields of France and the comical wooing of the Princess Katherine.
Eris Theatre Company are a young company that use uses puppetry and physical theatre to give high energy performances that are family-friendly and enjoy the outdoors.

Free, no booking required.

Richard III, The Brit School

Richard III, The Brit School

1pm, 8 July 2017

The Dell

Duration: 1 hour

In a world reeling from the election of Donald Trump, this new version of Richard III ask questions about democracy, dictatorship and the rise of right wing values. The ensemble cast act as a baying mob, disenfranchised by Richard’s hair brained policies as he swaggers through the play. Set in a festering quagmire of secrets and lies the political elite mix with the economic casualties of Richard’s brave new world.

Free, no booking required.

Hamlet, The Brit School

Hamlet, The Brit School

1:45pm, 8 July 2017

The Dell

Duration: 1 hour

A young person is staring at the abyss. Locked in his bedroom, in her mind, in his turmoil, in her grief. Around him his friends, her mother, his girlfriend, her step dad are worried, scared and scarred by this lost and angry poet. A cast of 20 fast and furious teenagers rip through this classic play turning it into something rich and strange

Free, no booking required.

Shakespeare Shuffle, The Rose Company

Shakespeare Shuffle, The Rose Company

12pm, 3:30pm, 9 July 2017

The Dell

Duration: 1 hour 10 minutes

A three dimensional, interactive, living jukebox of Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits, including Richard III, Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet and many more. With its family friendly, fun feel, it's perfect for a summer's afternoon. Expect poetry, history, tragedy and lots of comedy!
Founded in 2013, The Rose Company is an all-female theatre company, based in Lancaster. With a particular focus on the Early Modern period, they aim to unearth and stage neglected texts by women, and to present canonical works by men in fresh, vivid, decidedly feminist, productions.

Free, no booking required.

Mac(Beth), The Brit School

Mac(Beth), The Brit School

1:30pm, 9 July 2017

The Dell

Duration: 1 hour

The women’s march, London 2017. The Skirt Club are out in full force protesting for equality, but within this feminist action group (mac)Beth wants to rise to the top, and it seems like nothing can stop her. A re-imagining of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy inspired by the feminist punk rock group Pussy Riot.

Free, no booking required.

Measure for Measure, The Brit School

Measure for Measure, The Brit School

2:15pm, 9 July 2017

The Dell

Duration: 1 hour

It’s 1989, the Second Summer of Love, and everyone is enjoying the euphoric acid house music filling the clubs and warehouse raves. But as the Duke decides to take his leave from the city his deputy Angelo takes a hard line on the partygoers and their 24 hour party lifestyle. However, his own hardline is called into question when he encounters the young novitiate Isabella.

Free, no booking required.

Antony and Cleopatra, The King’s Troupe

Antony and Cleopatra, The King’s Troupe

12pm, 3pm, 15 July 2017

The Dell

Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes

Located between the Mediterranean and the Middle East, this play is full of for dance and music. The King’s Troupe has invited newly arrived Syrian families to join their company taking on their cultural influences in this rich and extravagant play together.
The King's Troupe specialise in the performance of Shakespeare, their work is open to all as an amateur inter-generational company.

Free, no booking required.

The Tempest, The Gobstoppers

The Tempest, The Gobstoppers

12pm, 3pm, 16 July 2017

The Dell

Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes

A physical and timeless production by a band of young players between the ages of 14 and 16 years. This take on The Tempest sees the characters on a road of self-discovery on a mystical island created by strange magical elements. You will truly feel as if you have been on a journey to a strange place.
Gobstoppers Theatre Company was founded in 1994 as a vehicle for children within the Hemel Hempstead area to improve their theatrical skills and gain experience of working with children of other ages that they might not necessarily encounter elsewhere.

Free, no booking required.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Collective

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Collective

12pm, 3:30pm, 22 July 2017

The Dell

Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes

A riotous, irreverent, gender-flipped adaptation of Shakespeare’s most magical comedy. Four runaway lovers unwittingly wander into a dispute between the King and Queen of the fairies, and, as if that wasn’t enough, a troupe of terrible actors are trying to rehearse a play. What could possibly go wrong?
The Collective formed in 2016 on a mission to flex their creative muscles whilst working at a Stratford theatre. 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.

The Tempest, MATE Productions

The Tempest, MATE Productions

12pm, 23 July 2017

The Dell

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

A storm, a ship wreck, an enchanted island, a magician, a pair of lovers, a tale of treachery, revenge, love and forgiveness with a large helping of the supernatural. Original live music and a multi-generational ensemble of actors, bring one of Shakespeare’s final and most magical plays to life.
MATE Productions is a vibrant, multi-generational community arts organisation based in Merseyside. They use theatre, film, storytelling and music to engage with communities anywhere from parks and pubs to cultural venues.

Free, no booking required.

As You Like It, The Cropredy Harlequins

As You Like It, The Cropredy Harlequins

3:30pm, 23 July 2017

The Dell

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Focusing on the themes of exile, trust and loyalty, this production features live music and dancing, set in a timeless world.
The Cropredy Harlequins is an established company drawn from the North Oxfordshire area. Their present company comprises an exciting mix of ages and backgrounds, together with talented musicians, dancers and choreographers.

Free, no booking required.

This Isle is Mine, The Oratory Foundation

This Isle is Mine, The Oratory Foundation

12pm, 3pm, 29 July 2017

The Dell

Duration: 1 hour

Featuring Caliban, Prospero, Ariel and Miranda and using Shakespeare’s original text, Caliban is lyrical in his belief that ‘this island’s mine’. The Oratory Foundation from Trinidad and Tobago, present a story that explores the island, witchcraft and the colonial, as the drama illuminates co-existence and dominance.

Free, no booking required.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, GYP

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, GYP

12pm, 4pm, 30 July 2017

The Dell

Duration: 2 hours

Be prepared to be whisked through court and wood, and back again, at a fair pace as the UK’s only young company performing solely Shakespeare invites you to come on a journey of magic and mystery, of love and loss, of discord and harmony.
Gloucestershire Youth Players began in 2005 as the only UK based company for 12-16 year olds performing solely Shakespeare I began in 2005. They’re aims are to bring invigorating versions of Shakespeare’s texts to audiences in and around Gloucestershire.

Free, no booking required.

The Sonnets, PurpleCoat Productions

The Sonnets, PurpleCoat Productions

12pm, 5 August 2017
12pm, 6 August 2017

The Dell

Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes

Hear the story of Shakespeare's life through the magic of his sonnets, the PurpleCoat Young Actors Company offer an adventurous and expansive sweep through every moment of Shakespeare's life through his own words, join them for an ambitious celebration of the man and his words.
PurpleCoat are funded by ArtsCouncil England and supported by figures including Stephen Fry and Dame Judi Dench. The Dell will be the culmination of their annual Shakespearean Summer School, dedicated to bringing fantastic classical theatre experiences to young people in the North West.

Free, no booking required.

Shakespeare Slam, Bloomin Arts

Shakespeare Slam, Bloomin Arts

3pm, 5 August 2017
3pm, 6 August 2017

The Dell

Duration: 1 hour

In just one hour there will be eight plays, 32 characters, 62 deaths and a little audience participation. Tragedy, comedy, love, mistaken identity, betrayal and murder, there will be elements of fantasy, flippancy and fainting in this joyous mash up of all things Shakespearean!
Bloomin’ Arts Theatre Company are an integrated group of performing and visual artists from East Surrey. They provide adults with learning disabilities the opportunity to work together creatively in the community and together devise performances and specialist projects for touring.

Free, no booking required.

Bottom’s Dream, Shakespeare Live

Bottom’s Dream, Shakespeare Live

12pm, 3pm, 12 August 2017

The Dell

Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes

Nick is an amateur actor of the kind we’ve all met, blessed with rather more enthusiasm than talent. In a fevered and chaotic dream, Shakespeare Live present the outlandish confusion of Bottom’s story - the stuff of fantasy, and in the end ‘No more yielding but a dream…’
Shakespeare Live have been performing an annual outdoor Shakespeare week in Wiltshire since 1989. The company has raised thousands of pounds to 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.

Macbeth, Arclight Drama Studio

Macbeth, Arclight Drama Studio

12pm, 3pm, 13 August 2017

The Dell

Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes

Tempted by the prophecies of mysterious creatures, Macbeth’s ambition to be King of Scotland leads him into a nightmarish world of evil, deceit and murder. Monstrous actions run rampant as he and Lady Macbeth lose themselves to unstoppable drives of savagery and political atrocity.
Established in 1990, Arclight Drama Studio is one of Ireland’s leading drama schools. They incorporate classes for young people alongside a thriving adult theatre company, many of whom are past pupils of the school.

Free, no booking required.

As You Like It, OUDS

As You Like It, OUDS

11:30am, 19 August 2017

The Dell

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Rosalind and Celia, best friends and cousins, escape from the violent and repressive kingdom of Duke Frederick in search of a better life in the Forest of Arden. Oxford University Dramatic Society bring you an Arden of light and dark where raucous comedy and biting satire jostle for position.

Free, no booking required.

Twelfth Night: A Gender Experiment

Twelfth Night: A Gender Experiment

2pm, 4pm, 19 August 2017
12pm, 3pm, 20 August 2017

The Dell

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Trade and Traffic Theatre Company bring a cast of twelve professional actors- six women and six men- present four versions of Twelfth Night in rep in the following order; all male, all female, cast play own gender, cast play opposite gender. Come and explore this comedy full of disguise, romance and revenge. Pick your favourite gender combination or join them for all four!

Free, no booking required.

Twelfth Night and The Tempest, BMH Productions

Twelfth Night and The Tempest, BMH Productions

1pm, 4pm, 26 August 2017
12pm, 3pm, 27 August 2017

The Dell

Twelfth Night: Saturday, 1pm and Sunday 12 noon
The Tempest: Saturday, 4pm and Sunday, 3pm

Shipwrecks, magic, monsters and mistaken identities. The same company of actors present two one-hour versions of Shakespeare’s most famous seafaring plays. With live music, puppetry, dancing and more, expect a production that is fresh, fun and vibrant.
BMH are a company from Oxford that have been running for over 10 years. They provide opportunities for people to gain experience on professional stages and working on productions. These opportunities are for actors, costume designers, lighting designers and more.

Free, no booking required.