The Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Garden Theatre is the home of this summer's production of The Comedy of Errors.

The Garden Theatre is a temporary outdoor performance space in the Swan Gardens, with safe outdoor seating for up to 500 people and great views of the stage. Phillip Breen's production of The Comedy of Errors is playing in the Garden Theatre until 26 September. 

We increased the number of people who can attend performances at the Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Garden Theatre from 17 August, although not to full capacity. This means that for your visit we can't always guarantee socially distanced seating and you may be seated next to someone who isn’t part of your party, although we continue to space parties as much as we are able.

The Garden Theatre as it gets dark with the audience watching actors' movement on the blue-lit stage
The Comedy of Errors in the Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Garden Theatre.
Photo by Pete Le May © RSC Browse and license our images

Visiting the Garden Theatre

Everyone is welcome to our new outdoor venue, including babes-in-arms. Children who can walk and sit in their own seat will require a ticket, and there will be support from our Front of House team if you need to exit and re-enter the performance at any time.

As an outdoor space, performances in the Garden Theatre operate slightly differently to those in our buildings. If you have access needs, please let us know when booking so we can fully accommodate you. There is only be reserved seating for those with access requirements; all other seating is allocated on arrival, and is in line with government guidance. Visit our Garden Theatre FAQs page to learn more about the performance, accessibility, and booking information. 

Find out how you can order your interval food and drink before you come to avoid long queues.

You can also find out about the safety precautions we have in place on our Your Safety page.

Make a day of it

There will be free family activities in the Garden Theatre and on the Bancroft Terrace until 20 August, including pop-up performances and workshops. Visit our Events page for more details.

Catering options are also available for your visit, including getting an ice cream at the Rocket, picking up a picnic box at the Riverside Cafe, and even having a pre-show meal at the Rooftop Restaurant. See our food and drink pages for full details.


If we have to cancel the performance before the advertised start time or before the interval, ticket holders will be entitled to a full refund or a free exchange for a future performance. If we have to cancel the performance after the interval, ticket holders will be offered a free exchange into another performance but refunds won’t be available.

If you find you cannot attend the performance for a reason to do with the pandemic, we will offer a free exchange or credit note up to 24 hours before the performance.