Shakespeare in the Garden


Shakespeare Hath Returned!


After a somewhat disrupted year, we're all in need of a “Summer of Love” more than ever. Open Bar are back with two plays that are full to the brim with comedy, romance and adventure!

Experience Shakespeare as it was intended - informal, raucous and in a spacious pub garden with a drink in hand. Whether this will be your first, or thirty-first night of Shakespeare, you will not be disappointed.

This year is our biggest ever for Shakespeare In The Garden, with 64 shows across 39 pubs from Bristol to Greenwich.

View our pubs with shows below, and get more information around dates, and tickets.


Tickets & Info

£18 per person
13th July - 16th September 2021
7.30pm-10:00pm (4pm Sundays)
Multiple Venues

This Year's Shows

As You Like it

Run away with Rosalind and Celia as the Forest of Arden quite literally lands in your local pub garden this summer.

It may look fresh out of Shakespeare’s day, but Open Bar makes sure it’s as relevant as ever, with original songs to help you follow the plot and six actors leaping around our two-storey set, what more could you ask for this summer?! Oh yes, a pint in your hand and a friend by your side!

You will gasp at the spectacle, laugh til your sides hurt and be humming the tunes for weeks afterwards. We can’t wait to see you there!


“Excellent evening! Great atmosphere and wonderful acting and witty improvisations! from all the cast. A brilliant, fun evening! Thank you!!”

Review from 2019's Shakespeare in the Garden performance.

Love's Labour's Lost

Four couples separated by an oath, a “fantastical spaniard” longing for a forbidden love, misplaced letters, a ridiculous play-within-a-play, a chorus of ukuleles, lightning-fast costume changes, drinks at your fingertips...could Open Bar be back in Fullers pub gardens with their unique, modern and fast-paced production of Love's Labour's Lost?

Four actors will play all seventeen characters in this mischievous, and rather pertinent, love story. We can't wait to bring you the kind of entertainment we all deserve this summer: laughter, romance and, perhaps most importantly, the longest word in Shakespeare!


"One thing is guaranteed, you will smile and you will laugh, it's sheer entertainment" - London Pub Theatres

What to Expect?

This year’s production will once again take centre stage in pub gardens across the Fuller’s estate. Fuller's customers can now look forward to this special alfresco production from Britain’s greatest playwright.

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, this would be the perfect introduction

We've introduced an Order & Pay app in a number of our pubs, meaning you can order your food and drink throughout the show without heading to the bar inside - it'll be delivered straight to your table instead.


What happens if it rains? 

No matter rain or shine, THE SHOW MUST GO ON! Nothing says British outdoor theatre than a bit of drizzle, so waterproofs are advised (Elizabethan ruffs less so). We'd also like to encourage you to BYOB (Bring Your Own Blankets) to stay all wrapped up and cozy. 
How do I get my ticket?

When you've purchased your ticket, you will get sent a confirmation straight to your inbox. Where possible, you don't need to print off your tickets, just show your digital ticket at the door.
When do I need to arrive?

Most shows start at 7:30pm through to 10pm, however we advise arriving by 6:30pm to take your seat and to grab a much needed drink before the show. If you'd like to eat beforehand, it's best to book in advance and let us know you're watching the show. 

Watch our 2019 performance