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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During the summer month weekends, the Royal Shakespeare Company’s outdoor theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, The Dell, will play host to a range of lively student, community and semi-professional productions. Performances kick off on Saturday 1 June, and continue until Sunday 1 September. 

The Dell is situated on the banks of the River Avon in Avonbank Gardens, near Holy Trinity Church. Entrance is free. Visitors are invited to bring their own food, chairs or blankets. 

This year features several productions that will be captioned by The Difference Engine, a free app that enables audiences to receive captions on their own mobile devices.  

The Dell 2019 Programme

Much Ado About Nothing, Drama Impact Theatre

Much Ado About Nothing, Drama Impact Theatre

Until 21 July 2019

The Dell

12 noon, 1 hour 30 mins

Passionate tales of young and mature love, battling wits and two explosive sub-plots takes place in a compelling and witty drama suitable for all the family. A no nonsense performance with nine experienced performers.

About the Company
Drama Impact delivers powerful public theatre performances and high impact workshops in secondary and further education. The Company was set up in 2014 by Artistic Director and Actor David Houston. The Company also works closely with ‘The Prince’s Teaching Institute’ in London providing training for secondary teachers to engage students with drama texts.

Free, no booking required.

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Twelfth Night, Encompass Theatre Collective

Twelfth Night, Encompass Theatre Collective

21 July 2019

The Dell

3:15pm, 1 hour 15 mins

Twelfth Night is one of Shakespeare’s greatest comedies. People in disguise, complex love triangles, mistaken identities – it is a recipe for success. This is a colourful and bold production with gorgeous hand-made costumes, minimal staging and a particular focus on the plight of Malvolio, bullied into madness, and his ability to forgive those who do him wrong.

About the Company
Encompass Theatre Collective is a transnational, transdisciplinary company formed in 2017 through the company members' shared training at the Guildford School of Acting. Their artistic focus is on devising and producing work that challenges normal performer/spectator boundaries through immersive work that engages with the audience. In this production Italian theatre director Mariagiovanna Rosati Hansen has worked with Encompass Theatre Collective to create a unique version of Shakespeare’s classic play.

Free, no booking required.

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The Improvised Shakespeare Show, Shake It Up Theatre

The Improvised Shakespeare Show, Shake It Up Theatre

27 - 28 July 2019

The Dell

12 noon and 3pm, 1 hour

Shakespeare hasn’t written anything new for an age, so Shake It Up Theatre thought they would give him a hand. Using his language, your audience suggestions and our overactive imaginations they create a brand-new Shakespeare play live on stage! Complete with live music, songs and plenty of laughs, they weave together the themes, characters and language of Shakespeare to create some unforgettable Bard-based Bedlam.

About the Company
ShakeItUp was formed in 2017 by a group of actors from the Guildford School of Acting. Unable to learn lines they instead opted for improv hoping it would be easier. Sadly, it wasn’t. They have now improvised over 40 Shakespeare plays, which is more than Shakespeare wrote himself!

Free, no booking required.

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The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Stratford Shakespeare Company

The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Stratford Shakespeare Company

4 August 2019

The Dell

12 noon, 1 hour 30 mins

This production combines music, dance and lovely costumes to make you feel like you are really back in Shakespeare’s day- and in the very town where he was born. The production is fun, suitable for all ages and there are some exciting surprises in store for the audience!

About the Company
The Stratford Shakespeare Company is a local company with a focus on family friendly, historical performance. They are committed to making sure that their shows are accessible to everyone.

Performance is captioned by the The Difference Engine, a free app that enables audiences to receive captions on their own mobile devices

Free, no booking required.

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Everyman Youth Theatre

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Everyman Youth Theatre

4 August 2019

The Dell

3pm, 1 hour 20 mins

Everyman Youth Theatre explore the dark and mischievous use, and misuse, of magic. This young company are looking forward to enchanting their audience once more, as the ‘otherworldly’ realm of the fairies, the trials of the lovers and the rehearsals of the mechanicals beguile, give chase and entertain within the cosmos of this magical play.

About the Company
Everyman Youth Theatre provides a variety of quality performances for young people passionate about acting and theatre, in a variety of performance spaces. They 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, The Wilmore Singers

Twelfth Night, The Wilmore Singers

10 August 2019

The Dell

12 noon and 3pm, 1 hour

This production is a rollercoaster ride through Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night suitable for the whole family. Romance, late night parties and mischievous schemes unfold accompanied by beautiful renaissance music; love songs, drinking songs and slightly scary ghostly songs! Full of life and vitality, this chamber production remains faithful to Shakespeare’s text and explores timeless themes for a 21st century audience. The inclusion of contemporary music and songs is a fresh look for seasoned theatre-goers and a great introduction for newcomers.

Free, no booking required.

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The Tempest, The Stroud Shakespeare Festival

The Tempest, The Stroud Shakespeare Festival

11 August 2019

The Dell

12 noon and 3pm, 1 hour 30 mins

In this version of The Tempest Eleven fisherman in yellow oilskins and jumpers are preparing for a storm. To while away the time, the crew tell a story of revenge and redemption. With a lively acoustic folk band, playing more sea shanties than you can shake a magical staff at, and a diverse cast, with a mix of both professional and community actors, The Tempest promises to be an exuberant and joyous show.

About the Company
Stroud Shakespeare Festival was founded in 2018 in the heart of the Five Valleys. The in-house company are supported by director Kate Raw (Foot in the Door Theatre, Wise + Wayward Theatre), who is known for her fun, energetic, colourful productions.

Free, no booking required.

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Love’s Labour’s Won, Naked Will

Love’s Labour’s Won, Naked Will

17 August 2019

The Dell

12 noon and 3pm, 1 hour 10 mins

This production combines a condensed version of Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost with a devised imagining of ‘lost’ sequel Love’s Labour’s Won. Six young people live in a topsy-turvy world of romantic freedom, slipping selves on and off at will as they slip in and out of love. However, their playful coming-of age is cut brutally short, and games of misplaced identity turn into a much darker journey of upheaval as war intrudes and they are forced to leave their home

About the Company
Naked Will is committed to making joyfully theatrical work that responds interrogatively to wider social conversations. They are particularly interested in devised and new plays for non-traditional theatre spaces, and any work that makes us think by making us feel. Love’s Labour’s Won is their debut production.

Free, no booking required.

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Much Ado About Nothing, The Boaty Theatre Company

Much Ado About Nothing, The Boaty Theatre Company

18 August 2019

The Dell

12 noon and 3pm, 1 hour 10 mins

In a Post-Apocalyptic future, messengers find Dr Leonato - a visionary scientist - at his gated and guarded residence; the hospital he once directed before the world as everyone knew it ended. Don Pedro and his men are returning from a salvage mission following the war that ended the world. Against a backdrop in which it seems there is no hope at all, love and passion thrive. Wit and humour find a way of weaving the most unlikely of couples together.

About the Company
Established in 2010 and formally based at National Waterways Museum, The Boaty Theatre Company comprises a dedicated youth theatre and a core mix of community-based and professional Actors, Directors and Writers. They offer free theatre-making opportunities to local young people and vulnerable adults.

Free, no booking required.

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Richard III, BMH Productions

Richard III, BMH Productions

24 - 25 August 2019

The Dell

12 noon, 1 hour

. Richard III is a dark struggle for power in one deeply unhappy family, with bodies left strewn across the floor. A gripping thriller shot through with black humour, Shakespeare’s greatest anti-hero comes to life.

*Performance on the 25 August will be captioned using the Difference Engine Mobile Captioning Technology, this will allow audience member to view captions on their mobile phone or personal device.

About the Company
BMH Productions are dedicated to bringing original, inspiring theatre to the UK. They offer the opportunity for our members to cover every role, from directing to marketing, producing to stage managing.

Free, no booking required.

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Romeo and Juliet, BMH Productions

Romeo and Juliet, BMH Productions

24 - 25 August 2019

The Dell

3pm, 1 hour

The romance of Romeo and Juliet looks like it could bring peace to two warring families –until events intervene and tragedy strikes. Romantic, sweeping, action packed it’s the ultimate feel-good story – until it all goes horribly wrong.

*Performance on the 25 August will be captioned using the Difference Engine Mobile Captioning Technology, this will allow audience member to view captions on their mobile phone or personal device.

About the Company
BMH Productions are dedicated to bringing original, inspiring theatre to the UK. They offer the opportunity for our members to cover every role, from directing to marketing, producing to stage managing.

Free, no booking required.

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream – A Festival of Shakespeare, Wigan Little Theatre Company

A Midsummer Night’s Dream – A Festival of Shakespeare, Wigan Little Theatre Company

31 August 2019

The Dell

11.15am, 1 hour 15 mins

A Midsummer Night’s Dream has been re-imagined for modern times. There’s a festival field, love- struck young couples, fairies and some hilarious shenanigans from everyone involved.

About the Company
Wigan Little Theatre is a voluntary organisation which began over 70 years ago. Over those years, many people have been given the opportunity to act on stage and take on back stage and front of house duties. The Theatre believes that the youth of today is the future and passing on skills is taken very seriously. Many of the leaders were previously youth members.

Free, no booking required.

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The Tempest, Chipping Norton Youth Theatre

The Tempest, Chipping Norton Youth Theatre

31 August 2019

The Dell

3pm, 1 hour 5 mins

Chipping Norton Youth Theatre present an ensemble version of a dynamic version of The Tempest. Themes include colonisation, sibling feuding, forgiveness and redemption. The cast will be working on an abridged version of the script and young voices breathe life into rich imagery within the language.

About the Company
Chipping Norton Youth Theatre was established in 1991. Delivered by experienced theatre professionals, their regular sessions provide young performers with the opportunity to explore new skills, increase their creativity, develop self-confidence and meet new people.

Free, no booking required.

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The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Edinburgh Graduate Theatre Group

The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Edinburgh Graduate Theatre Group

1 September 2019

The Dell

12 noon and 3pm, 1 hour 30 mins

This uproarious tale of marriage, mischief, jealousy, lies, and laundry, is set in and around George Page’s Steamie, in 1950’s Edinburgh. The irrepressible “Fat Knight,” Falstaff, finding himself in financial peril, woos two women of Holyrood in an attempt to swindle their husbands to regain his squandered wealth. The wily wives are on to him from the start, however, and they plot their revenge with hilarious results.

About the Company
EGTG was founded in 1954 by Edinburgh University alumni who were former members of the University Dramatic Society. Since then, the original members have been joined or replaced by fresh generations of talent. It has established itself as one of the city’s most respected amateur companies, with a reputation for tackling challenging contemporary work,

Free, no booking required.

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