An Evening with the The Bard in the Yard under the Shard

Theatre Outdoor Churchyard Comedy Music
  • Venue

    Cathedral Churchyard

  • Time

    6:00 PM

  • Price

    £17.50 - £20.00

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Join us in the Southwark Cathedral Churchyard for 3 hours of Shakespeare related fun and frolics featuring acclaimed ex RSC actor Timothy West, comedian Arthur Smith, musician Rick Jones and a special performance of a Bard in the Yard by theatre company Will & Co

Many famous and infamous people have hung around the streets and yards of Bankside. The most famous must be William Shakespeare who moved here in 1586 to be close to the growing numbers of theatres. Whist there is no real evidence that the Bard was particularly religious the church that is now Southwark Cathedral was his parish church and here he buried his actor brother, Edmond. It is said that ‘The Tempest’, his final play was written here. In that play Ferdinand says ‘Let me live here for ever!’ and there is a sense in which Shakespeare does.

We are delighted that the Bard has returned to the church and the churchyard that he knew. Here he can sit and muse gain, and we can sit with him. Our new solid bronze statue of William Shakespeare has been kindly loaned to us by Theatre Gallery Courtyard based in Shoreditch and is a beautiful work of art.

We are delighted to host an evening with Shakespeare along with friends including acclaimed actor Timothy West who will be reciting some of his favourite Shakespeare sonnets as well as reminiscing about his performances in many Shakespeare productions during and after his time with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Tim first appeared on screen in 1956 at Wimbledon Theatre in a production of Summertime. He spent several seasons in repertoire before making his London stage debut in the comical farce caught napping in 1959. For the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Aldwych (in 1964), he appeared in "Afore Night Come" and "The Marat-Sade", in addition to building up his Shakespeare repertoire with roles in "The Merry Wives of Windsor", "Love's Labour's Lost", "The Merchant of Venice", "The Comedy of Errors" and "Timon of Athens". For the Prospect Theatre Company, he appeared he took on the Shakespearean roles of Prospero ("The Tempest"), Claudius ("Hamlet"), Bolingbroke ("Richard II") and Mortimer ("Edward II"), among others. His career also includes definitive portrayals of Lear, Macbeth, Falstaff and Shylock. Tim was made CBE in 1984, and is currently President of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, and of the Society for Theatre Research.

We will also be joined by Rick Jones and Arthur Smith . Rick Jones is a London Blue Badge Guide specializing in Shakespeare. When not guiding Rick writes about music for the BBC Music magazine , plays the lute and morris danced from London to Norwich recreating a journey undertaken by William Shakespeare's clown and actor Will Kemp took in 1600. Will Kemp is buried in the Cathedral.

Arthur Smith is a Comedian, Presenter, Actor, Writer (and Night Mayor of Balham - self appointed), Arthur is one of the much admired originals of the great British alternative comedy scene who has a consistantly brilliant talent and ability to provide light entertainment whilst also still finding new and interesting ways to make people laugh. Arthur is a sought after artist by Comedy Clubs, Theatres, Festivals and Private Events and is regularly seen and heard on Television and Radio. On this evening he will perform Shakespeare themed jokes and sing a song with lute accompaniment from Rick Jones. Rick will be entertaining guests throughout the evening with his lute.

Lastly we are delighted that the evening will also include a performance of 'A Bard in the Yard' by theatre company Will & Co who will perform their new production.

"William Shakespeare, aka "The Bard", is stuck in London during the plague quarantine of 1605. Quite literally stuck. While everyone's expecting him to write a masterpiece, he's spending his time baking sourdough bread and reading up on Ben Jonson's latest run around the Tower.

Fasten your face masks as the Bard takes you on a roller-coaster ride through his classics and uses you, the audience, to help rekindle the fire of his Muse!".

If you love anything to do with Shakespeare do join us what promises to be a great evening in the beautiful and sacred Cathedral churchyard.

Important Information

  • There will be no seating apart from some benches, small lawned area and a low wall with ledge. Please feel free to bring camping chairs or blankets to sit on.
  • Refreshments will be sold at this event.
  • To enable us to adhere by Government guidelines tickets will not be available on the door, you must buy a ticket beforehand.
  • The performances are one actor shows and the actor will be operating within their local area, thus avoiding public transport where possible.
  • All members of the audience as well as our performers are required to adhere to the required minimum of 1+ metre social distancing policy at all times. The performers are experienced professional performers and will endeavour to be much further away from you most of the time, as they can project their voice.
  • We encourage you to adhere to all Government policies: wash your hands thoroughly before and after the performance, and please wear a face covering if you wish to do so.
  • Should this evening need to be cancelled full refunds will be offered.
  • Due to social distancing tickets are strictly limited.