Welcome to Shakespeare Live

 An English country garden, open air Shakespeare - the quintessential English summer event. 


  Over 28 summers of open-air performance Shakespeare Live’s aspiration has always been to raise amateur Shakespeare to professional levels. We started life in the delightful gardens of Hazelbury Manor where we performed for 22 years. Now our magical production of The Tempest in July 2016 has brought the curtain down on our six years of performance in the fine and spacious grounds of Lackham House near Lacock.

 A new home

For 2017 this versatile company is on the move again and seeking a new home. We are actively assessing the merits of various possible venues for next year and beyond, looking for that essential combination of picturesque charm and practical facilities together with easy accessibility for our regular audience. If any of our friends and supporters knows of a suitable space, an undiscovered treasure or secret garden that might accommodate us we would be delighted to hear your suggestions on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Photos courtesy of Owen Benson Visuals and Rob Cannings

So Shakespeare Live looks forward to an exciting future with our main show in July 2017 enjoying the novelty of a new home but the proven appeal of a timeless favourite in Rod Moor-Bardell’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Watch this space…!

To find out more about who we are and what we do please visit our Company section. Or have a look at our Backstage Blog, newly introduced this year for our summer show, The Tempest. There you will find photos from rehearsals, pieces written by the various contributors to our production and of course posts from the director, all in all a fantastic look behind the scenes.

 Summer Show 2016

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They had a captivated audience roaring with laughter and for a few hours they made Shakespeare come alive…(Wiltshire Gazette and Herald)

With an atmospheric Greek island setting and not one but a whole flight of Ariels, Gill Morrell’s production of The Tempest truly was a storming success.

Read more about this highly acclaimed show here.



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Latest Events News

Shakespeare Shorts

Shakespeare Shorts PosterOur tribute to the genius of Shakespeare hit the streets of Corsham and Lacock on April 23rd, the 400th anniversary of Shakespeares death. It was a glorious kaleidoscope of your favourite bits of Shakespeare. We performed a marathon six performances with scenes from Macbeth, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Romeo and Juliet. The show was very well received by the public and some lovely comments were made. We also had beautiful weather for the day, which made it a really wonderful event.

If you missed the performances or you want to watch the highlights again, you can watch snippets on our Youtube Channel - Shakespeare Live Theatre Company, just click on the Shakespeare Shorts 2016 video to watch. Also please subscribe to our channel if you wish to see more videos from rehearsals and events. 


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