450 years of Shakespeare events in Sussex
450 years of Shakespeare, events in Sussex


Celebrating 450 years of Shakespeare


With 2014 the year to celebrate 450 years of Shakespeare check out our events of all things Shakespeare below.

Whether you want to enjoy Shakespeare in a traditional theatre or open air within some stunning venues Sussex has plenty to offer.

Shakespeare Week took place 17-23 March, a week long celebration of all things Shakespeare. Inspiring children and their families through creative learning experiences. Next year Shakespeare Week will take place 16-22 March. 

Outdoor Shakespeare

Shakespeare in Italian Gardens, Eastbourne

Enjoy outdoor Shakespeare performances this year with some beautiful locations around Sussex. 

Between 23 July and 2 August Eastbourne Operatic and Dramatic Society will be performing The Taming of the Shrew in Eastbourne’s hidden Italian Gardens, a stunning cliff side setting with surroundings providing a natural amphitheatre.

UK’s premier open-air touring theatre company, The Lord Chamberlain’s Men, founded in 2004 and named after Shakespeare’s original troupe of travelling players is coming to the Kipling Gardens in Rottingdean. The classic tale of Romeo and Juliet will be performed on 20 & 21 June 2014.


Shakespeare in Theatre

In celebration of 450 years of Shakespeare why not treat yourself to a trip out at the theatre... 

Shakespeare Unbound: A Gift to the Future comes to The Old Market in Hove on 28 April. A narrative given to Shakespeare's closest friend, John Heminges, offers a unique and entertaining performance. 

Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne, plays host to Twelfth Night between 25-29 March. An exciting and accessible production where two worlds collide in Filter's new take on Shakespeare's Twelfth Night.

The Bexhill Amateur Theatrical Society presents Shakespeare’s most famous comedy, The Taming of the Shrew, at De La Warr Pavilion 3-5 April. A vibrant production set in the style of Gatsby's 1920's. 

Image courtesy of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

More Shakespeare Events...

12-13 March - Romeo and Juliet at Brighton Dome, an innovative production combining Shakespeare's text with contemporary language. 

30-31 May - Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare’s Globe On Tour presents Shakespeare’s comic masterpiece.

15 July - Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare Glove Theatre offer a classic theatre production to be enjoyed open air at Herstmonceux Castle. 

15-20 July - Julius Caesar, presented by Rainbow Shakespeare in the glorious surroundings of Highdown Gardens. 

22-27 July - As You Like It, presented by Rainbow Shakespeare in the glorious surroundings of Highdown Gardens.

21 & 23 August - The Comedy of Errors performed by GB Touring Company in the stunning grounds of Arundel Castle. 

22 August - Macbeth, Shakespeare's famous tragedy performed in the stunning grounds of Arundel Castle.

26 August - Twelfth Night at Newhaven Fort, Oddsocks Productions return with a summer delight not to be missed.

Shakespeare Week

Fabulous Shakespeare at Arundel Castle!

Shakespeare at Arundel Castle

Enjoy fabulous outdoor Shakespeare in The Collector Earl's Garden at Arundel Castle between 21-23 August 2014. An idyllic setting for Shakespeare performances. 

2014 will see GB Theatre Company celebrate their 5th anniversary and are delighted to be performing Shakespeare's classic farce The Comedy of Errors and tragedy Macbeth. 

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Celebrating 450 years of Shakespeare