"Eternity was in our lips and eyes,
Bliss in our brows bent"

- Robinson College Gardens

Antony and Cleopatra

Shakespeare’s tale of the obsessive and passionate relationship between two rulers of the ancient world is staged in the formal splendour of the Robinson College amphitheatre. Mark Antony rules the Roman Empire with Caesar and Lepidus, yet sacrifices all to be with Cleopatra, the Queen of the Nile. When the threat of civil war in Rome drives them apart their lives are plunged into political and personal chaos leading to a breathtaking climax. Don’t miss this vibrant and electrifying production!

a gripping, challenging and worthwhile production. ...an enthralling and passionate performance... an excellent production —The Stage

Finished for 2017

Antony and Cleopatra has now finished for 2017 - please join us for the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival in 2018!

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

- King’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 King’s College Fellows’ Garden, 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.

The whole thing was faultless, it really was, and although I could keep on going with the praise, I really think you should all just buy tickets and see for yourselves —The Times

Finished for 2017

Much Ado About Nothing has now finished for 2017 - please join us for the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival in 2018!

"That I should love a bright particular star,
And think to wed it, he is so above me"

- Downing College Gardens

All’s Well That Ends Well

The intimate courtyard garden of Downing College is the perfect setting for Shakespeare’s courtly drama of love, disguise and intrigue. Bertram, the ward of the French King is betrothed to Helena, a doctor’s daughter. Bertram, however, has other plans and runs away to the Italian wars, thinking he can escape his responsibilities. But Helena is determined to get her man – one way or another! Don’t miss this superb production!

...this was brilliant ...a brilliant performance from a cast that cannot be faulted —Cambridge Evening News

Finished for 2017

All’s Well That Ends Well has now finished for 2017 - please join us for the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival in 2018!

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

- St John’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 beautiful gardens of St John’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 2017

Hamlet has now finished for 2017 - please join us for the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival in 2018!

"Is there not a double excellency in this? I know not which pleases me better, that my husband is deceived, or Sir John"

- Robinson College Gardens

The Merry Wives of Windsor

Shakespeare’s brilliantly witty farce tells of a would-be seducer, a jealous husband and two resourceful housewives in a hilarious battle of wits and wiles. Sir John Falstaff gets more than he bargained for when he simultaneously pursues two wealthy married women. Upon receiving identical copies of Falstaff’s love letter, the spirited Mistresses Ford and Page cook up a scheme of their own to teach the fat knight a lesson, with uproariously funny results. Don’t miss this sparkling production!

‘…a larger-than-life and hilarious take on one of Shakespeare's most beloved figures —The Times

Finished for 2017

The Merry Wives of Windsor has now finished for 2017 - please join us for the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival in 2018!

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

- Trinity College Gardens

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

The beautiful gardens of Trinity 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 entire cast were just bursting with enthusiasm, wit, and most importantly had the audience eating out of the palm of their hands… as hilarious as anything you would see at the RSC —The Times

Finished for 2017

A Midsummer Night’s Dream has now finished for 2017 - please join us for the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival in 2018!

"How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is
To have a thankless child!"

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

King Lear

In the magnificent setting of St John’s College gardens, an ageing monarch divides a kingdom among his three daughters. In doing so his world descends into chaos and all that he once believed is brought into question. Love and duty, power and loss, good and evil are all explored in this fast-paced and dynamic production. Not to be missed!

… no knee-bending to trendy revisionism... but rather a tour de force of Elizabethan drama —The Times

Finished for 2017

King Lear has now finished for 2017 - please join us for the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival in 2018!

"What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet"

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

Romeo and Juliet

The tragic courtship of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers is played out once more in the exquisite setting of King’s College Fellows’ Garden. Romeo and Juliet are caught between two worlds, as their families feud to the death. This spectacular and fast-paced production brings together the romance, passion and violence of the hot streets of Verona. Don’t leave Cambridge without seeing this dazzling production!

…a captivating and thoroughly entertaining production, sprinkled with stardust thanks to the hugely impressive cast —Cambridge Evening News

Finished for 2017

Romeo and Juliet has now finished for 2017 - please join us for the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival in 2018!