Bristol Shakespeare Festival

Fans of Shakespeare are being treated to a month-long festival celebrating his works across the city this July.

We find out a little bit more about it…

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Passionate volunteers bringing the freshest, most exciting productions of the renowned authors plays to some of Bristol’s most beautiful and unusual space is the purpose of this unique event.

The Bristol Shakespeare Festival is a Community Interest Company (CIC) that was founded in 2003 and puts on the annual event every summer.

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Each year the festival is brought to life by volunteers. A spokesman said: “The Bristol Shakespeare Festival currently receives no public funding and is produced entirely by volunteers. We are therefore extremely grateful to our sponsors, partners and venues, whose support has enabled the festival to grow over the years.”

Previous years have seen the very best national touring companies, including Shakespeare’s Globe and The Lord Chamberlain’s Men take part. Schools, youth groups, special educational needs and disability arts groups are also encouraged to join in.

Redcliffe Caves, Brandon Hill Bowling Green, Leigh Woods, The Rope Walk Pub, The Tobacco Factory, The Alma Tavern, Boiling Wells Amphitheatre, Blaise Castle and Ashton Court Estate are some of the stunning venues where productions have taken place.

A selection of venues across North Bristol, including Bradley Stoke Library, have also been used.

Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Tempest are among the many show being performed.

To find out more about the festival and the remaining events, visit the website, where you can also book tickets.



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