Stunning alfresco Shakespeare at Arundel

Arundel Castle is to host another feast of Shakespeare this summer as part of the magnificent Arundel Festival - and it will be just '˜as you like it'!

Tuesday, 19th July 2016, 10:55 am
Updated Friday, 8th June 2018, 1:44 am
Arundel Castle is to host another feast of Shakespeare this summer as part of the magnificent Arundel Festival. Picture Chris Hopkins

This August (26 & 27), there will be two nights of spectacular Shakespeare, performed al fresco in the Collector Earl’s Garden at the Castle.

Picture the scene: Shakespeare’s heart wrenching tragedy Romeo and Juliet played out by a troupe of professional actors in beautiful surroundings, beneath a moonlit sky.

For theatre fans who prefer a good laugh, the GB Theatre Co will also be bringing its adaptation of As You Like It to Arundel Castle during its two-day residency.

The Castle’s outdoor Shakespeare performances, now in their seventh year, are a highlight of the Arundel Festival – and one of the UK’s most unique ways to enjoy the Bard’s work.

Set upon a stage in front of the aptly titled ‘Oberon’s Palace’ in the Collector Earl’s Garden, the summer performances allow visitors to be enchanted by both their surroundings and the theatrical occasion.

Castle Manager Bryan McDonald commented: “We are thrilled to once again be part of the brilliant Arundel Festival. Each year, the GB Theatre Co put on an excellent show in our gardens – and I am sure that this year’s performances will be no exception!”

Tickets for the performances are priced from £16 for children and £26 for adults. Ticket holders are invited to arrive early and enjoy their picnics in the Castle grounds before the performances commence in The Collector Earl’s Garden.

Tickets and Times

26 August – As You Like It

27 August – Romeo and Juliet

5.30pm Castle grounds open

6.30pm The Collector Earl’s Garden gates open

7.30pm Performances start

Running time: 2 hours with 30 min interval

Tickets in advance bought in person (no transaction charges) - Adults £26 / Children (5-15) £16.

Tickets in advance bought online and by telephone (including transaction charges) - Adults £27.50 / Children (5-15) £17.

Tickets bought on the night (subject to availability) - Adults £29 / Children (5-15) £18.

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Further information on Arundel Castle and its 2016 event calendar can be found at

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