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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...



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...



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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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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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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Sonnet tree

stroud shakespeare festival

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

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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!





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


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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make a flower crown

leonor zavala platt

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


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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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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


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


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!


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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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shakespeare on film

stroud shakespeare festival

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


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