Shakespeare will return...

This Summer, we transformed 30 of our pub gardens into the perfect setting for open-air Shakespeare. 

Open Bar performed two of the bard’s best-loved comedies - Much Ado About Nothing and the magical "Midsummer Night's Dream" in front of packed crowds from London to Bath.  Shakespeare as it was intended… interactive, informal and in the pub garden.
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A midsummer night's dream

Become immersed in the inter-twining relationships of four young lovers set in an enchanted forest where sprites lurk and fairies rule. A twisting tale of surprises and laughs, your seat awaits centre stage. All dates have now been performed.

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Shakespeare’s most frequently performed comedy, full of parties, masked balls, love and a rather combative courtship. Mischief and trickery are rife in arguably the Bard’s wittiest comedy, so let the tale unfold around you in a beautiful pub garden. All dates have now been performed.

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Meet the cast and read their bios

Much Ado's cast Midsummer's cast

Pre-show must knows

  • The crew perform whatever the weather so don’t be disheartened by the rain – ponchos will be on hand to keep you dry!
  • Bring something warm as it cools down after dark; blankets are supplied for cooler evenings.
  • Seats are first come, first served – remember, early birds catch the best seats in the house!
  • Official photos may be taken at some performances, tell a member of the team if you’re camera shy.

Eating and drinking

We’re a pub company and food and drink are our thing. You can choose to dine with us before or after the performance or order a quick bite to enjoy during the interval. Call ahead to make a booking and to find out what pre-theatre feasts your local has in store.