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the tempest

stroud shakespeare festival

“A hey can’t you see, the storm clouds a-gathering? Haul away Joe!” 11 fisherman in oilskins and jumpers are preparing for a storm. To while away...

£10 / £8 Concessions




impromptu shakespeare

Bursting with love, comedy, tragedy, mistaken identity and everything in-between, Impromptu Shakespeare bring you an entirely new ‘Shakespeare’ play inspired by audience suggestions...

£9 / £7 Concessions



pick 'N' mix

rats stroud

A kaleidoscopic modern take on the bard!

A company striving to making Community drama more Professional and more accessible. A modern medley of Scenes and speeches from the Bard!



sounds and sweet airs

sorelle singers

Sorelle, a new all-female operatic group, celebrate the music of Shakespeare. From Purcell’s ‘Fairy Queene’ to Britten’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, Sorelle will embark on a journey through the very best of musical tributes to Shakespeare...

£8 / £6 Concessions


right proper barding

fire springs storytellers

Fire Springs storytellers will be bringing the Bard's tales to life with their bardic arts of storytelling and music. Shakespeare drew his tales from many sources, and we’re  going back to his bardic roots

£8 / £6 Concessions


where there's a will, there's a play

stroud shakespeare festival

Shakespeare has inspired a whole host of new writing – from ‘10 Things I Hate About You’ to ‘Bill’. Hear some new bard-inspired short plays, written by local and national playwrights...


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make a flower crown

leonor zavala platt

Find Leonor in the Courtyard to make your own festival flower crown!


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Costume box

cotswold costumes

Cotswold Costumes are coming with a costume box full of things to try on! Take a selfie in a ruff or a doublet. 

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the comedy of errors

downpour theatre company

The Comedy of Errors is one of Shakespeare’s shortest, yet wittiest, plays. Downpour Theatre Company is no stranger to open air theatre...

£10 / £8 Concessions

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making up shakespeare workshop

impromptu shakespeare

Get to grips with Shakespeare in a very different way – by making it up! Improvisers from critically acclaimed Impromptu Shakespeare will teach you...



shakespeare 101

shirley halse &

howard butcher

Brace yourself and get yourself some braces for a smart AND silly show about Shakespeare. Roll up to receive a highly comic lesson on the Bard, from unconventional educators: Shirley Halse and Howard Butcher...



the shakespeare heptet

the shakespeare heptet

Blending many influences, The Shakespeare Heptet’s distinct sound is alluring and wholly contemporary, providing a stunning soundtrack to the sonnets.  Beautiful vocal harmonies, compelling rhythms...

£7 / £5 Concessions

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the tempest

children's workshop

drama adventures

All aboard for this tempestuous adventure across stormy seas to the island where magic happens! Loosely following the plot of The Tempest, adventurers will use movement, music and imagination...



the britons

rory blincow & rosie lewis

This Winchester based singer-songwriter duo perform a mix of original songs and covers in an indie-folk style, with some Shakespeare inspired music in-between!



face painting

ella babbage

A splash of festival colour! Find Ella in the Courtyard - for the young and young at heart!

From £1

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Children's trail

space productions

Follow a trail around the gardens and museum to find the quote and win a badge!

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much ado about 

nothing (Abridged)

stormcloud arts and theatre

A fresh 1940's modern language adaptation of  the beloved romantic-comedy, ‘Much Ado About Nothing’!...

£7 / £5 Concessions



derekk ross

In a one-man play about one man's quest for freedom, Derekk Ross presents a fondly irreverent comic dig at Shakespeare - in the role of one of his own rogues...


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space productions

Students from the UAL Performance for Stage and Screen course at SGS College are proud to present a site-specific Macbeth. Led by the mercurial Porter, the audience will witness the rise and fall of the ambitious politician Macbeth...

£7 / £5 Concessions


twelfth night

or the search for the common language

international actors ensemble

Viola and Olivia engage in a sparkling battle of wits in this scene by the IAE. The IAE is dedicated to bringing multi-cultural and multi-lingual productions to global audiences


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make a tudor rose brooch workshop

kristine raw

Come and make your own Tudor Rose brooch! Using natural felts, buttons, and a little bit of stitching, come away with a little of the history that inspired many of Shakespeare’s plays!


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shakespeare on film

stroud shakespeare festival

Come and watch some adaptations of Shakespeare's work on Film!



visual arts


An exciting display of local bard themed art and crafts people! Including printmaker Phillip Kingsbury, letterpress artist Dennis Gould, and Sculpter Jim Pilston, among others. Items for sale!

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Sonnet tree

stroud shakespeare festival

Calling poets of every age! Write your very own sonnet and share it with us! 

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