Welcome to Shakespeare Live

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


A Midsummer Night's Dream

Performances all this week


 A Dream of a Show!

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An original and truly spectacular production, Shakespeare Live's summer show has already enjoyed a rousing reception from a packed first night audience. Our first outing in our new home is proving to be a stunning success in this beautiful setting, with glorious weather and runaway ticket sales.

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The magic of the enchanted forest, the comic confusion of the lovers and the antics of the 'rude mechanicals' are all counterpointed by fabulous singing and breathtaking dancing. Several performances are very nearly sold out so if you haven't got your ticket yet book now to be sure you don't miss a memorable experience.

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Dream-3935 "A magical production of Shakespeare's classic - myth and magic, theatre and love are all intertwined, with some absolutely splendid performances..." (Wiltshire Gazette and Herald)

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Over 29 summers of open-air performance Shakespeare Live’s aspiration has always been to raise amateur Shakespeare to professional levels.

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We started life in the delightful gardens of Hazelbury Manor where we performed for 22 years. In July 2016 our magical production of The Tempest brought the curtain down on our six years of performance in the fine and spacious grounds of Lackham House near Lacock, and now...

New Home 

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 We are thrilled to be performing Shakespeare Live's 2017 show, A Midsummer Night's Dream  in the delightful setting of Cleeve House in the village of Seend near Melksham. We are immensely grateful for the warm and enthusiastic welcome we have had from the owners and trustees of this magnificent house, once home to Clive and Vanessa Bell of the Bloomsbury group. We're full of excitement about making this fresh start in a venue that we know our audiences will love as much as we do, and where the unique magic and long-established quality of Shakespeare Live productions now has new scope to flourish.

So the future is bright for Shakespeare Live with our main show this year enjoying the novelty of a new home but the long-standing appeal of a timeless favourite in Rod Moor-Bardell’s magnificent production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This is proving to be something original and very special, a delight for all the family, old and young, Shakespeare lovers and newcomers alike.

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 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 in 2016 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.


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Photos courtesy of Owen Benson Visuals and Rob Cannings


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