The Dell

Applications are now open for The Dell 2020, our summer season of outdoor performances in Avonbank Gardens, Stratford-upon-Avon.

Our outdoor theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, The Dell, hosts a range of lively student, community and semi-professional productions of Shakespeare’s plays on weekends during July and August.

We invite you to apply to join in our summer season and bring your performance to The Dell. Now in its 14th year, you have the opportunity to take part in this exciting and popular series of outdoor shows. 

The Dell was launched as part of the Complete Works Festival in 2006 and has hosted more than 325 amateur theatre companies, community groups, schools, universities and semi-professional theatre companies to growing audience numbers of all ages.

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The Oratory Foundation from Trinidad and Tobago perform The Taming of the Shrew at The Dell.

What we are looking for

The Dell offers a great opportunity for groups to bring an already established piece of work or to create something new especially for the space. We are looking for performances that are:

  • Written by or inspired by Shakespeare
  • Suitable for an outdoor space
  • Appealing to diverse audiences including international tourists, day trippers, and families
  • Between 50 and 75 minutes long

For more information on what we are looking for please download and read the full The Dell 2020 Guidance Notes. It is essential that you read these before submitting an application. You may also find it useful to look at The Dell Stage Design.

Submissions are by open application to the RSC and will be shortlisted by a panel. The closing date for applications is Monday 24 February 2020.

Download an Application Form or request a form to be sent to you by emailing