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 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.