The Oxford Schoolof Drama returns this summer with another feast of Shakespeare! Have you ever got bored, texted friends or fallen asleep while watching Shakespeare? If the answer is maybe, then you will certainly enjoy Shakespeare in the Park. There’ll be no time for snoozing in this fast-paced evening of all the very best bits from the Bard: lovers, villains, kings and clowns, join some of Shakespeare’s favourite characters for a picnic in the park.
The Oxford School of Drama, who are very fond of dear old Will, invite you to share in the fun of it all. You supply the picnic and we’ll supply the Shakespeare – or even better don’t bother and have supper from the Blenheim Palace Barbecue. Set in the magical surroundings of the Pleasure Gardens at Blenheim Palace, Shakespeare in the Park is the perfect treat for a summer’s evening. Seating is provided in the hay bale auditorium. Come early and enjoy your picnic in the glorious settings before the start of the performance at 7pm. The Pleasure Gardens Café will be open for light refreshments.
The Oxford School of Drama trains actors for the profession. Graduates include Claire Foy (BBC1's Little Dorrit; Channel 4's The Promise), Andrew Gower (BBC3's Being Human, ITV1's Monroe), Charlotte Mills (Jerusalem, West End/Broadway), Annabel Scholey (The Old Vic's Richard III), Hasina Haque (BBC1's Casualty, ITV1's Kidnap and Ransom).
•Performances: Wednesday 12 – Saturday 22 June at 7pm (no performance Sunday 16 June)
•Timings: The gates open at 5.30pm and all performances commence at 7pm. The performance lasts approximately 2 hours 15 minutes with an interval.
•Separate admissions apply. Seating is provided in the hay bale auditorium.
•BBQ and Pimms Bar open from 5.30pm
•Performances continue whether it is a balmy summer's evening or in the event of rain. However, if for safety reasons the decision needs to be taken to cancel a performance, it will only be made at the scheduled start time. In the unlikely event your performance is cancelled you may exchange your ticket for a remaining performance subject to availability. Refunds are not provided.
•Wet weather ticket option: In the event of very bad weather the performance will take place in the Courtyard Restaurant (located near the Palace). If you woiuld like to confirm a seat at an additional £2, please pre-book by calling 01993 811091.
•Separate admission prices apply for admission to the Palace, Formal Gardens and Park before 5.30pm.
•Venue: The Pleasure Gardens, Blenheim Palace, Woodstock OX20 1PX