On this page you can find all our open air events for 2021 which take place in the Cathedral churchyard or Courtyard

Sunday 8 August  - 1pm

Bard in the Yard presents:  King Leonardo

William Shakespeare is stuck. Like, really stuck. Blank parchment stuck. He is trying to write a new masterpiece, and has the weight of his company's eager return to the stage on his shoulders. What's more, his rival Ben Jonson, on top of making the best sourdough bread ever, also has a new play in the works... Not to worry, the Bard has a title already: "The Most Lamentable Comedy of King Leonardo, his Three Daughters and Their Dog". Since he might need a bit more than that, he has decided to pick your brains and make sure this new show is the smash hit it is promising to be.

Tickets : FREE to attend but please register at Eventbrite

Duration: 50 minutes (no interval)

 

Wednesday 11 August - 11am and 2pm

Teddy Bears’ Picnic

Let’s All Dance is delighted to present this super treat for young audiences. Combining classical ballet, physical theatre, gorgeous visuals and crystal-clear story telling, this fresh, innovative dance company pitches another production perfectly to engage and enthrall all children, including those with special needs.

Our teddies would love you to join them as they eat, dance, play and have fun! Little ones can bring their own teddy, clap along and have their photo taken with the dancers!

This performance will take place in the historic Southwark Cathedral churchyard and there will be limited seating. Please bring blankets or cushions to sit on and be prepared for all weather conditions including rain and extreme heat!

Tickets :  £5.00 - £8.00 from Eventbrite. To book the 11am please visit here To book the 2pm please visit here

Duaration: 30 minutes (no interval)

 

Sunday 22 August

1pm

Bard in the Yard presents: The Scottish Play

As we’re going through a second year of “plague” quarantine, Shakespeare is now writing Macbeth. He’s been sent to Scotland to gather inspiration, but apart from meeting a witch on the moor and penning one speech about a dagger (and even that’s a rough draft) - he’s got nothing! The new King will have his head on a stick if the Bard dares show his quill in London without having finished this Scottish play.

Join us for this brand new roller-coaster ride of classic monologues and plague quarantine travails from author and director Victoria Gartner, and enjoy this show "delivered to perfection" (The Telegraph) by the Bard. The project’s Godmother, Dame Helen Mirren, says it best: “If you’re looking for an unforgettable theatrical experience, I highly recommend it.”

Tickets : FREE to attend but please register at Eventbrite

Duaration 50 minutes (no interval)

 

Friday 27 August  - 11am and 2pm

The Ugly Duckling

Feeling different, teased by his friends and not accepted by his family, the Ugly Duckling is sad and lonely. Through a series of adventures he soon learns who he really is and his family realises it doesn’t matter what you look like but how good your heart is.

From the company who brought you Teddy Bears’ Picnic and Alice in Wonderland, Let’s All Dance is delighted to present this lovely new ballet for the whole family.

With the crystal-clear story telling, larger than life characters and gorgeous costumes you’d expect from this innovative company, The Ugly Duckling tackles themes of social acceptance and liking yourself in a child-friendly, charming manner.

Great for the whole family, especially children aged 2-12, including people with special needs.

Tickets : FREE - £10.00 from Eventbrite

Duration 40 minutes (no interval) To book the 11am performance please visit here To book the 2pm performance please visit here

 

6 and 12 September - 7pm

The Three Inch Fools presents:  Romeo and Juliet

In the summer heat of Verona, passion and violence are in the air – and the age-old feud between the Montagues and the Capulets is close to boiling point. But when young Romeo and Juliet meet at a ball, they instantly fall in love. Anticipating the rage of their warring families, the pair defy their elders and marry in secret. But when Juliet’s cousin Tybalt challenges Romeo to a duel, it sets off a chain of events that can only end in tragedy.

Tickets: FREE - £45.00 available from here

Duration: 2 hours includes 20 minute interval

 

7 and 14 September - 7pm

The Three Inch Fools presents:  The Merry Wives of Windsor

In the bustling village of Windsor, mischief is in the air. The ageing and arrogant Sir John Falstaff has fallen for two married women – Mistress Page and Mistress Ford. In a desperate bid to woo them he turns to quill and ink and sends them both the most flattering of letters. Shocked at his boldness and repelled by his advances, the pair nonetheless decide to make some mischief of their own. Meanwhile, Mistress Page’s daughter Anne is torn between marrying the man she loves, and the two suitors that her parents have lined up for her. Disguises, deception and trickery soon engulf the village of Windsor… and chaos naturally ensues.

Tickets: FREE - £45.00 available from here

Duration: 2 hours includes 20 minute interval

 

9 and 10 September - 7pm

The Three Inch Fools presents: Robin Hood

Beneath the Major Oak, this inept troupe of players gather to tell the story of Britain’s best-known folktale. The only problem is: no one can quite remember the story! As each actor battles to tell their own version of the legendary tale, our hapless hero Robin must pull out even more tricks to bring his band of merry misfits together. And when the preening Prince John teams up with the scheming Sheriff of Nottingham to steal his brother’s crown, the scene is set for an adventure filled with misfired arrows, mistaken identity and mismanaged robberies. Can Robin pull his gang together in time to save his country, and live up to his name?

Tickets: FREE - £45.00 available from here

Duration: 2 hours includes 20 minute interval

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