"There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy"

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Every evening (except Sunday) at 7.30pm
King’s College Gardens
(entrance via Queen's Road only)

Hamlet

Hamlet returns home from University in Wittenberg to discover that his father is dead and that his mother has married his uncle (Claudius). The ghost of Hamlet’s father appears and tells Hamlet that Claudius is responsible for his death and commands him to seek revenge. Shakespeare’s masterpiece of psychological torment and self-reflection is played out in the stunning gardens of King’s College. A dynamic, energetic, must-see production.

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

Finished for 2019

Hamlet has now finished for 2019 - please join us for the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival in 2020!

"I have had a dream, past the wit of man to say what dream it was"

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Every evening (except Sunday) at 7.30pm
St John’s College Gardens
(entrance via Queen's Road only)

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

The beautiful gardens of St John’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. —The Stage

Finished for 2019

A Midsummer Night’s Dream has now finished for 2019 - please join us for the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival in 2020!

"I am a feather for each wind that blows"

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Every evening (except Sunday) at 7.30pm
Downing College Gardens

The Winter’s Tale

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. Don’t miss Shakespeare’s masterful study of suspicion and obsession. And watch out for the bear!

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

Finished for 2019

The Winter’s Tale has now finished for 2019 - please join us for the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival in 2020!

"O, while you live, tell truth, and shame the Devil!"

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Every evening (except Sunday) at 7.30pm
Robinson College Gardens

Henry IV (Part 1)

Henry IV’s reign is perilous. Beset with political intrigues, there is also rebellion brewing throughout his kingdom. His son, Prince Hal, is a drunkard, spending his time with the dissolute and hilarious Falstaff. The hot-headed Hotspur, leading the rebellion, is a powerful enemy. Will Prince Hal change his ways and step up in time to confront Hotspur? A brilliant political drama interspersed with moments of genuine comedy.

A captivating and thoroughly entertaining production, sprinkled with stardust thanks to the hugely impressive cast. —The Times

Finished for 2019

Henry IV (Part 1) has now finished for 2019 - please join us for the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival in 2020!

"We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep"

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Every evening (except Sunday) at 7.30pm
Trinity College Gardens
(entrance via Queen's Road only)

The Tempest

Magic, romance and a deserted island form the setting for Shakespeare’s final masterpiece. 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 —Cambridge Evening News

Finished for 2019

The Tempest has now finished for 2019 - please join us for the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival in 2020!

"If it prove so, then loving goes by haps;
Some Cupid kills with arrows, some with traps"

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Every evening (except Sunday) at 7.30pm
St John’s College Gardens
(entrance via Queen's Road only)

Much Ado About Nothing

This sharp and witty battle of the sexes, set in the stunning gardens of St John’s College, tells of the effervescent Beatrice – determined never to marry – and the confirmed bachelor, Benedick, and the efforts of their friends to bring them together in the most unlikely of unions. Will there be a happy ending, or will the dastardly Don John ruin all their plans? Don’t miss this scintillating production.

…breathtaking energy and talent... the CSF keep the comedy spinning like a top —The Times

Finished for 2019

Much Ado About Nothing has now finished for 2019 - please join us for the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival in 2020!

"Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown."

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Every evening (except Sunday) at 7.30pm
Robinson College Gardens

Henry IV (Part 2)

The threat of civil war looms over the country as King Henry IV becomes increasingly unwell. But the King is uncertain that his son, Prince Hal, is a worthy heir, since he has returned to his dissolute ways with the drunkard, Falstaff, who is sent to the countryside to recruit fresh troops, where he gleefully indulges in the business of lining his own pockets. As the King's health continues to worsen, Hal must choose between duty and loyalty to an old friend as the story races to a heartbreaking conclusion.

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

Finished for 2019

Henry IV (Part 2) has now finished for 2019 - please join us for the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival in 2020!

"All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players"

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Every evening (except Sunday) at 7.30pm
King’s College Gardens
(entrance via Queen's Road only)

As You Like It

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

Finished for 2019

As You Like It has now finished for 2019 - please join us for the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival in 2020!