- Robinson College Gardens
Shakespeare’s gripping drama of class conflict and political manipulation tells of General Caius Martius Coriolanus, who returns home from war to find himself at odds with his countrymen who see him as a tyrant looking for fame and glory. When his ambitious mother, Volumnia, tries to orchestrate formal recognition for her son, both the authorities and the people turn against him and an embittered Coriolanus sets out for revenge against those who have wronged him. Don’t miss this spellbinding study of the human condition.
A captivating and thoroughly entertaining production, sprinkled with stardust thanks to the hugely impressive cast.
- Downing College Gardens
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
- St John’s College Gardens(Entrance via Queen’s Road only)
Magic, romance and a deserted island form the setting for Shakespeare’s final masterpiece – a balance between the desire for revenge and the demands of love captures the essence of the human condition with its compelling and timeless themes. Marooned on a desert island with his daughter Miranda, Prospero has perfected his magic. He learns that his old enemies are sailing near the island and raises a tempest which brings them within his grasp. Through an enchanted tale of humour, romance and adventure, The Tempest is ultimately a story of redemption and forgiveness.
...this was brilliant ...a brilliant performance from a cast that cannot be faulted
- King's College Gardens(Entrance via Queen’s 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!
A dazzlingly fresh and truly magical production… the most enchanting I have ever seen.
- Trinity College Gardens(Entrance via Queen’s Road only)
Shakespeare’s brilliant farce of mistaken identity and slap-stick frivolity is set in the superb setting of Trinity College gardens. Antipholus (of Ephesus), with his servant Dromio, think their twin brothers (also called Antipholus and Dromio) have been drowned at sea many years earlier. But Antipholus (of Syracuse), with his servant Dromio, come ashore, with neither knowing the other exists. The locals constantly confuse the pairs (even including Antipholus’ wife!) and the comedy of errors ensues. Don’t miss this fast-paced and sparkling production.
...as hilarious as anything you would see at the RSC
- St John's College Gardens(Entrance via Queen’s Road only)
The original "band of brothers." A young King Henry rallies his soldiers "unto the breach" on his way to becoming the most celebrated leader in England's history. But at what cost to his land, his subjects, and his conscience does he pursue the glories of his nation and his reign? How does his politically arranged marriage to a French princess become a true romance? Vividly exploring the enigmatic morality of leadership, Shakespeare's masterwork celebrates the power of language to shape destiny and summons to life a majestic age.
I loved the power, inventiveness and imagination of this highly original production.
- Robinson College Gardens
Leontes, King of Sicilia, is driven mad with irrational jealousy, convinced that his wife, Hermione, is having an affair with his childhood friend, Polixenes, and that the child she is bearing is not his own. Polixenes escapes to Bohemia, whilst Leontes orders that the child, a daughter, must be abandoned on a desert shore. Leontes assumes the child has perished – but sixteen years pass before the truth is uncovered. The beautiful amphitheatre of Robinson College gardens provides the backdrop for Shakespeare’s masterful study of suspicion and obsession. Watch out for some comic twists and turns, too… and a bear!
The entire cast were just bursting with enthusiasm, wit, and most importantly had the audience eating out of the palm of their hands.
- King’s College Gardens
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.