For God's sake, let us sit upon the ground; And tell sad stories of the death of kings Richard II

- Downing College Gardens

Richard II is a regal and stately monarch. He believes he is ordained by God, yet he is a weak and ineffective king - wasteful in his spending habits, unwise in his choice of counsellors, and detached from his country and its people. When he seizes the land of his cousin Henry Bolingbroke, both the commoners and the barons decide that their king has gone too far... This production reflects the play’s intense psychological struggle as well as a taut political drama.

No knee-bending to trendy revisionism, but rather a tour-de-force of Elizabethan drama —The Times

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What you leave behind is not what is engraved on stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others Pericles

- Robinson College Gardens

Any potential suitor who wishes to marry the daughter of Antiochus must first answer a riddle. To answer incorrectly means immediate death. But when Pericles discovers the dark and terrible answer to King Antiochus' riddle, he flees for his life. In self-exile from Tyre he encounters famine, shipwreck, love and fatherhood... but in his desire to return home, he once again jeopardises his life and those he loves. Don’t miss this startling production.

A beautifully-paced, thoughtful and intelligent production, with plenty of action offsetting moments of real pathos and tragedy —The Times

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I have had a dream, past the wit of man to say what dream it was A Midsummer Night's Dream

- King’s College Gardens(entrance via Queens Road only)

The beautiful gardens of King’s College form the perfect setting for Shakespeare’s delightful fairy-tale world of love, jealousy and youthful exuberance. This captivating production brings to life all the magic and humour of Shakespeare’s best-loved play. Why not invite your children to come along dressed as fairies to add to what promises to be a spectacular evening! hilarious as anything you would see at the RSC —The Times

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All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players As You Like It

- St John's College Gardens(entrance via Queens Road only)

Banished by her usurping uncle, Rosalind seeks refuge in the Forest of Arden, where her father, Duke Senior, holds court with his followers. There, disguised as a young squire, she instructs Orlando, the man she secretly loves, in the ways of a woman’s heart – only to acquire a new and unexpected admirer. Full of wit, wisdom and song, and featuring one of Shakespeare’s most engaging heroines, this is high romantic comedy at its richest and most delightful.

Beautifully crafted scenes with comic turns timed to perfection in an idyllic setting. A lovely evening had by all —The Times

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So will I turn her virtue into pitch, And out of her own goodness make the net, That shall enmesh them all. Othello

- Trinity College Gardens(entrance via Queens Road only)

Despite the prejudices in Venice, the brilliant general Othello excels both on the battlefield and in the halls of state. But when he marries Desdemona, his envious lieutenant Iago sets in motion a diabolical plan to destroy him. The stunning Trinity College Gardens provide an unparalleled setting for Shakespeare classic tale of jealousy, ambition and wickedness. A ‘must see’ production.

A greatly skilled and athletic young team, playing fast, open, attacking theatre —Cambridge Evening News

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Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon 'em Twelfth Night

- St John’s College Gardens(entrance via Queens Road only)

We invite you to join us on a magical tour of Shakespeare's mythical Illyria - a land where illusion and fantasy collide and appearances are not quite what they seem. Shakespeare’s classic tale is a story of merriment, the folly of ambition, and love – unrequited or fulfilled, that governs everyone from the most powerful Duke to the most pompous of servants.

...polished performances all round ...lively and inspired ...a production well worth seeing —The Times

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If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die? And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge? The Merchant of Venice

- Robinson College Gardens

Antonio, a 16th-century Venetian sea merchant helps his friend Bassanio by lending him money borrowed from the anguished Jewish moneylender Shylock. When the sum cannot be repaid he owes a debt for 'a pound of flesh' which Shylock insists upon. Set in beautiful 16th century Venice, one of Shakespeare's finest plays is brought magically to life in this lively production - this is white-knuckle suspense and swooning romance throughout. enthralling and passionate performance excellent production —The Stage

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I see a woman may be made a fool. If she had not a spirit to resist The Taming of the Shrew

- Homerton College Gardens

The Taming of the Shrew is Shakespeare’s quintessential battle-of-the-sexes comedy! Baptista has two daughters that need to be married off – Bianca; docile, beautiful and much sought after by the noble men of the town, and Katherine; ill-tempered and shrewish, with an acid tongue that no man can tame. As the oldest, Katherine must marry first – not that she much cares. Bianca’s many suitors can’t afford to wait, so in a wild scheme to find a husband for Katherine, they convince the wily Petruchio to take on the challenge.

I loved the inventiveness and imagination of this highly original production —Cambridge Evening News

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