"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
King’s College Gardens
(entrance via Queen's Road only)

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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!

The whole cast was brimming with enthusiasm and wit, making it a really memorable evening… as hilarious as anything you would see at the RSC —The Times

Finished for 2018

A Midsummer Night’s Dream has now finished for 2018 - please join us for the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival in 2019!

"I see a woman may be made a fool. If she had not a spirit to resist"

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

The Taming of the Shrew

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 noblemen 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.

…a bundle of joy; this is pure, unadulterated bliss, ideal for a balmy summer’s evening… A greatly skilled and athletic team, playing fast, open, attacking theatre —Cambridge News

Finished for 2018

The Taming of the Shrew has now finished for 2018 - please join us for the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival in 2019!

"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?"

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

The Merchant of Venice

In sixteenth-century Venice, Antonio borrows money from Shylock, the Jewish moneylender whom he has publicly humiliated in the past. The loan is to be paid when Antonio’s ships return to the city. But if they should fail, and the money cannot be repaid, then Antonio shall pay a terrible price. In some of his most highly-charged scenes, Shakespeare dramatizes the competing claims of tolerance and intolerance, justice and mercy, while in the character of Shylock created the most memorable and tormented of outsiders in all theatre.

A stunning performance that manages to balance the competing themes of prejudice, revenge and tragedy with moments of superbly crafted wit and exuberance. Riveting from start to finish —The Times

Finished for 2018

The Merchant of Venice has now finished for 2018 - please join us for the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival in 2019!

"O, never say hereafter

But I am truest speaker. You call’d me brother

When I was but your sister"

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

Cymbeline

Cymbeline, the King of Britain, is angry that his daughter Imogen has chosen a poor (but worthy) man for her husband. So he banishes Posthumus, who goes to fight for Rome. Imogen (dressed as a boy) goes in search of her husband, who meanwhile has boasted to his acquaintance Iachimo that Imogen would never betray him. But Iachimo is determined to prove him wrong! Shakespeare’s masterful study of love, trickery, betrayal and ultimate redemption is played out in the stunning formal setting of Robinson College.

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

Finished for 2018

Cymbeline has now finished for 2018 - please join us for the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival in 2019!

"Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player,
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more"

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

Macbeth

In the breathtakingly magnificent setting of Trinity College gardens, as dusk turns towards night, the forces that orchestrate Macbeth’s final decent into the abyss are once again set in motion. This moon-bathed and dynamic production brings together the themes of madness, the thirst for power, and the darkness of the supernatural before reaching an explosive conclusion. Not to be missed!

…we'd picked the perfect night for a slice of Shakespeare, and we were given a pretty much perfect performance to match… no knee-bending to trendy revisionism... but rather a tour de force of Elizabethan drama —The Times

Finished for 2018

Macbeth has now finished for 2018 - please join us for the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival in 2019!

"There’s not a man I meet but doth salute me
As if I were their well-acquainted friend"

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

The Comedy of Errors

Shakespeare’s brilliant farce of mistaken identity and slap-stick frivolity is set in the superb setting of St John’s 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.

This superb cast hurl themselves into the sheer absurdity, never allowing the pace or energy to drop once, and skilfully work the audience into a wheezing, gut-busting lather… delivering more laughs per minute than Ken Dodd on speed. The only error here would be to miss it —Cambridge News

Finished for 2018

The Comedy of Errors has now finished for 2018 - please join us for the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival in 2019!

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

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

Pericles

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

Finished for 2018

Pericles has now finished for 2018 - please join us for the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival in 2019!

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

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

Twelfth Night

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.

…this production of Twelfth Night is a joyous feast of a performance that will leave you with a warm, fuzzy feeling —Cambridge News

Finished for 2018

Twelfth Night has now finished for 2018 - please join us for the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival in 2019!