Shakespeare in the Garden

Shakespeare Hath Returned!


After a somewhat disrupted summer, the show must go on! Open Bar are back with "The Tempest” - a tale about a major act of betrayal, ill-treatment, the development of magic arts and a plot of revenge.

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.

With 22 shows throughout the month across 15 different Fuller's pubs from Bristol to Greenwich, there's plenty of shows to choose from. Find a performance near you and book below.


Tickets & Info

£18 per person sold in groups of two, four or six depending on the venue
1st September - 1st October 2020
Multiple Venues

The Tempest

Total isolation, a hostile environment, divisions in the royal family...these are things that are hard to imagine in 2020, but Prospero is all too familiar with them.

He is a former duke, exiled on a virtually uninhabited island in the middle of the Mediterranean for twelve years. Fortunately, all his enemies are about to sail past so he conjures a storm, wrecks their ship and leaves them separated all over his new home so he can regain his dukedom and his freedom.

It's not the greatest plan, but it's all he's got... and it all has to comply with social distancing measures!

Will he get everything he desires? Will he figure out what “one-metre plus” means? And will we all get the happy ending we so desperately need this year?

“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.

How will socially-distanced Shakespeare work?

It goes without saying that things might look a little different from previous performances, but we guarantee it'll be just as fun and lively for all of the audience.

Firstly, we're reduced our capacity to allow for more space between each group of guests and there'll be less interaction between actors and audience.

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.


How are we keeping you safe?

As in all of our pubs, there's lots of new measures to keep you as safe as can be. You'll be greeted by a dedicated host who'll ask you to fill in a super-easy online form for the Government's Track & Trace programme.

There'll be plenty of hand sanitiser, regular cleaning and one way systems where necessary. We'll talk you through all this on your arrival or you can read more about what your pub visit will look like here.

Watch our 2019 performance