Welcome to Shakespeare Live

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

Booking for A Midsummer Night's Dream is now open


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. 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 able to announce that in July 2017 Shakespeare Live's main show, A Midsummer Night's Dream will be performed 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 a 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 will have new scope to flourish.

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. This promises to be something original and special. Aspiring actors, old friends and newcomers, gathered for the auditions at Cleeve House on Sunday 15th January. A terrific cast has been assembled and rehearsals are underway for another highly creative Shakespeare Live show - something to delight 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.


Photos courtesy of Owen Benson Visuals and Rob Cannings

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~ Summer Show 2016 ~

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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