Everything you need to know about Shakespeare in the Garden


We didn’t think we’d be saying this a few months ago but the rumours are true! After a somewhat disrupted summer, Shakespeare in the Garden will be returning with over 20 shows this September.

Here’s everything you need to know about the popular outdoor theatre experience:

This year’s performance, presented by travelling theatre group, Open Bar is The Tempest. Sit back in a beautiful pub garden and watch how Shakespeare’s famous tale about betrayal, love, magic and revenge unfolds.


Shakespeare in the garden

Although there will be less interaction than previous years to keep everyone socially distanced, the outdoor theatre experience allows you to immerse yourself in a unique performance of Shakespeare as it was intended - informal, outrageous and with a drink in hand. Whether you are a lover of all things Shakespeare, relish an outdoor theatre experience, or have never seen a play before, Shakespeare in the Garden 2020 is not to be missed.



Shakespeare in the Garden is a comedic, fast-paced performance. The shows are suitable for people of all ages and would make a great family outing. Of course, Shakespeare in the Garden is enjoyed by Shakespeare lovers, but if you haven’t seen a Shakespeare play before it would be the perfect introduction.

As in all our pubs, there are lots of new measures to keep our customers safe. We’ve reduced our capacity to allow for more space between each group of guests and there will be less interaction between the actors and audience.


The Open Bar Theatre Company have been creating and performing hilarious, exciting and accessible Shakespeare plays in pub gardens since 2015. Founded by Nicky Diss and Vicky Gaskin, their aim is to create fun, totally understandable reinventions of the Bard’s best, where the audience can sit outside in the open and enjoy a fantastic story.


Shakespeare in the Garden has been running for over 10 years and tickets always sell out. With a reduced capacity, we recommend securing your tickets as soon as you can. Find a show near you and book your tickets to see one of the first (and funniest) live performances on the road. Sign up here to keep up to date with the latest news.