"There’s not a man I meet but doth salute me
As if I were their well-acquainted friend"

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Every evening (except Sunday) at 7.30pm
Downing College Gardens

The Comedy of Errors

Shakespeare’s brilliant farce of mistaken identity and slap-stick frivolity is set in the superb classical setting of Downing College. Antipholus (of Ephesus), with his servant Dromio, think their twin brothers (also called Antipholus and Dromio) have been drowned at sea many years earlier. But Antipholus (of Syracuse), with his servant Dromio, come ashore, with neither knowing the other exists. The locals constantly confuse the pairs (even including Antipholus’ wife!) and the comedy of errors ensues. Don’t miss this fast-paced and sparkling production.

A greatly skilled and athletic young team, playing fast, open, attacking theatre —Cambridge Evening News

Finished for 2021

The Comedy of Errors has now finished for 2021 - please join us for the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival in 2022!

"What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet"

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Every evening (except Sunday) at 7.30pm
St John’s College Gardens
(entrance via Queen's Road only)

Romeo and Juliet

The tragic courtship of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers is played out once more in the exquisite setting of St John’s College Scholar’s Garden. Romeo and Juliet are caught between two worlds, as their families feud to the death. This spectacular and fast-paced production brings together the romance, passion and violence of the hot streets of Verona. Don’t leave Cambridge without seeing this dazzling production!

… a captivating and thoroughly entertaining production, sprinkled with stardust thanks to the hugely impressive cast —Cambridge Evening News

Finished for 2021

Romeo and Juliet has now finished for 2021 - please join us for the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival in 2022!

"Is there not a double excellency in this? I know not which pleases me better, that my husband is deceived, or Sir John’"

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Every evening (except Sunday) at 7.30pm
King’s College Gardens

The Merry Wives of Windsor

Shakespeare’s brilliantly witty farce tells of a would-be seducer, a jealous husband and two resourceful housewives in a hilarious battle of wits and wiles. Sir John Falstaff gets more than he bargained for when he simultaneously pursues two wealthy married women. Upon receiving identical copies of Falstaff’s love letter, the spirited Mistresses Ford and Page cook up a scheme of their own to teach the fat knight a lesson, with uproariously funny results. Don’t miss this sparkling production!

… a larger-than-life and hilarious take on one of Shakespeare's most beloved figures —The Times

Finished for 2021

The Merry Wives of Windsor has now finished for 2021 - please join us for the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival in 2022!

"Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player,
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more"

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Every evening (except Sunday) at 7.30pm
Trinity College Gardens
(entrance via Queen's Road only)

Macbeth

In the brooding and magnificent setting of Trinity College Fellows’Garden, as dusk turns towards night, the forces that orchestrate Macbeth’s final decent into the abyss are once again set in motion. This moon-bathed and dynamic production brings together the themes of madness, the thirst for power, and the darkness of the supernatural before reaching an explosive conclusion. Not to be missed!

No knee-bending to trendy revisionism, but rather a tour de force of Elizabethan drama —The Times

Finished for 2021

Macbeth has now finished for 2021 - please join us for the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival in 2022!

"Why, I can smile and murder whiles I smile,
And cry 'content' to that which grieves my heart"

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Every evening (except Sunday) at 7.30pm
St John’s College Gardens
(entrance via Queen's Road only)

Richard III

Just a few years ago, some 500 years after his death, the remains of Richard, Duke of Gloucester (later Richard III) were discovered buried under a car park in Leicester. This production, set in the stunning gardens of St John’s College, steps back in time to re-tell his remarkable story . Malicious, power-hungry, and bitter about his physical deformity, Richard begins to aspire secretly to the throne—and is prepared to kill anyone he must in order to become king. This is Shakespeare’s masterpiece of manipulation, deceit, and political intrigue.

I loved the power, inventiveness and imagination of this highly original production —The Times

Finished for 2021

Richard III has now finished for 2021 - please join us for the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival in 2022!

"I have had a dream, past the wit of man to say what dream it was"

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Every evening (except Sunday) at 7.30pm
King’s College Gardens
(entrance via Queen's Road only)

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

The beautiful gardens of King’s College Fellows’ Garden form the perfect setting for Shakespeare's delightful fairy-tale world of love, jealousy and youthful exuberance. This captivating production brings to life all the magic and humour of Shakespeare's best-loved play. Why not invite your children to come along dressed as fairies to add to what promises to be a spectacular evening!

... as hilarious as anything you would see at the RSC —The Times

Finished for 2021

A Midsummer Night’s Dream has now finished for 2021 - please join us for the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival in 2022!