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
Titus Andronicus, The BRIT School

Titus Andronicus, The BRIT School

1pm, 2 July 2016

The Dell

Set in the nightmarish aftermath of a prolonged and bloody conflict and taking inspiration from Peter Brook and Yoshi Aida, this production focuses on the notion that violence begets violence and shows how the horror of war corrupts the better world that Rome is fighting for.

Much Ado About Nothing, The BRIT School

Much Ado About Nothing, The BRIT School

3pm, 2 July 2016

The Dell

The bombed-out ambassadors compound of Leonato, Kuwait, circa 1991. Set against a backdrop of military conflict and desperate merrymaking the sound of black hawk helicopters and detuned guitars clash in the desert heat in this dark take on Shakespeare's battle of the sexes.

Love's Labour’s Lost, The BRIT School

Love's Labour’s Lost, The BRIT School

12pm, 3 July 2016

The Dell

Set in the not so cloistered halls of a certain famous English University, three young members of an ancient, elite drinking club take an oath to suspend their hedonistic womanizing in order to focus on their studies. But the arrival of Rosaline, Maria and Katherine at the start of Michaelmas term proves that "There is no evil angel but love".

Macbeth, Gobstoppers Theatre

Macbeth, Gobstoppers Theatre

3pm, 3 July 2016

The Dell

Gobstoppers bring a cast of 14 – 16 year olds to perform a physical adaptation of the original text, representing the demons of Macbeth's mind. Focusing on ensemble work to enhance the witchcraft and magic of the piece, the company also bring live percussion for their slick and fast moving performance.

The Comedy of Errors, Fox and Hawk Theatre Company

The Comedy of Errors, Fox and Hawk Theatre Company

12pm, 9 July 2016
3pm, 10 July 2016

The Dell

Boasting a fresh faced and young cast, Fox and Hawk breathe new energy and life into Shakespeare's famous comedy. The piece employs fast comedy, hilarious wordplay, strong ensemble work and real emotional connection to Shakespeare's story. So come down to Ephesus to watch the story unfold.

Pericles, York Shakespeare Project

Pericles, York Shakespeare Project

3pm, 9 July 2016

The Dell

The beer and banter is flowing at The Ancient Gower tavern. Outside, the wind howls, and the rain and sea-mist spatters the windows. Inside is comfort, beer and a warm hearth. There will be songs. There will be stories. There will be shipwrecks, tyrants, pirates and princesses. Tossed from shore to shore, you’ll hear the tale of Pericles and his quest to be reunited with his lost love.

As You Like It, MATE Productions

As You Like It, MATE Productions

3pm, 10 July 2016

The Dell

Journey deep into the Forest of Arden as cross-dressing heroines and triumphant heroes learn how to embrace their imaginations, let go of their fears and surrender to romance.With original live music, country dancing, stunning design and hilarious performances this will be a real summer treat for all the family. A co-production with Shakespeare North Trust in association with RSC Open Stages.

Romeo and Juliet, HandleBards

Romeo and Juliet, HandleBards

1pm, 4pm, 16 July 2016

The Dell

Since 2013, the HandleBards have pedalled over 5000 miles across the world, carrying all their set, props and costumes on just four bicycles. 2016, the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, sees the first outing of their all-female troupe. First they perform their side-splitting production of Shakespeare’s epic tale of two lovers who’ve everything stacked against them.

The Taming of the Shrew, HandleBards

The Taming of the Shrew, HandleBards

12pm, 3pm, 17 July 2016

The Dell

Since 2013, the HandleBards have pedalled over 5000 miles across the world, carrying all their set, props and costumes on just four bicycles. 2016, the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, sees the first outing of their all-female troupe. The second day sees the troupe perform a knee-slapping production of Shakespeare’s whimsical comedy, complete with disguises and deception, and accompanied by live music from a local musician.

Macbeth, Three Inch Fools

Macbeth, Three Inch Fools

12:45pm, 23 July 2016

The Dell

The Fools bring to life the drama, suspense and intrigue of Shakespeare's infamous Scottish play with an eccentric assortment of inventive props, costumes and contraptions. Combined with their quick-wits and ready instruments, the Fools tell this most thrilling of Shakespeare's stories along with a specially-written score of folk music.

The Comedy of Errors, GYP

The Comedy of Errors, GYP

3:30pm, 23 July 2016
11am, 3pm, 24 July 2016

The Dell

Two pairs of twins (clowns and circus masters) from the travelling circus are on a journey to find one another; accidentally and unexpectedly. With collisions and near-misses aplenty, join us for fast-paced, bitter-sweet and energetic storytelling.

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.

The Taming of the Shrew, ALPs

The Taming of the Shrew, ALPs

12pm, 3pm, 21 August 2016

The Dell

Two wealthy sisters in Padua must be married off. The modest, demure Bianca has no shortage of suitors, but who on earth will take the wild, ungovernable, shrewish Katharina? The ALPs present a Commedia dell’arte version of Shakespeare’s scintillating romantic comedy, set in Italy with lavish costumes and a delightful garden set.

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.