A Midsummer Night's Dream
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IS The UK’s newest professional

theatre company specialising in

outstanding outdoor theatre.


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Mission Statement: We will create original, exceptional productions that can be accessed and enjoyed by everybody, regardless of geographical and social standing. We will work with the best available artists and deliver industry leading productions.


Founded in 2019, The Duke’s Theatre Company’s inaugural tour of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet visited 22 Open Air venues in the Summer of 2021 to critical acclaim. Following this success, returning with A Midsummer Night’s Dream a year later, we will reach 37 communities across a Summer long tour, before delivering our first indoor production in time for Christmas 2022. 

Our ethos is to bring high end, accessible outdoor productions of some of our greatest Classical works to rural communities with energy and accuracy. Breathing new life into the verse, we aim to communicate how these timeless masterpieces are still relevant today, by engaging audiences both young and old.

Live, original music is at the core of our productions, which are entirely faithful to the original text.

A company of highly skilled actor musicians breathe vitality into our favourite Classical works - a Duke’s Theatre Company production will excite and engage everyone.

The Fairy Kingdom is at War.
Oberon and Titania’s marital mayhem unleashes chaos on four young lovers with disastrous – and hilarious - consequences. 
In another part of the forest, a troupe of aspiring actors prepare for the most important night of their lives - a command performance before the Duke and Duchess. As the King and Queen of the Fairy Kingdom become entwined with the human world, a night of madness, mayhem, magic, love, hilarity ensues… (don’t forget the donkey!)



The Duke’s Theatre Company returns after their critically acclaimed inaugural adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. This new, ambitious production for Summer 2022, with live music, stunning design and theatrical magic, promises to delight audiences with Shakespeare’s most comic and celebrated fairy tale.

A Midsummer Night's Dream


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The Supporting Founders 

The Duke’s Theatre Company receives no public or government funding, and intends to self-generate the finance for all productions. Its inception was generously supported by a small number of key Supporting Founders, and the company wishes to record its gratitude to the following individuals here.


Jonathan Courage | Rosemary and Terry St John | Debbie and Chris Norris

Enid Dunhill | Emily and Ryan Elsworth | TJ 

Shamia Chalabi | Stuart Mallalieu | Helen Nuttall

The generosity of our patrons and friends can help to insure that our future is secure.

If you would like to join our group of supporters, or make a one-off donation, please email


Work with us for your venue 

We are continually looking for exciting locations to add to our family of partners.

Venues we consider range from stately homes and castles, to private gardens and open air theatres.

Attractive commercial rates, and a bespoke marketing package ensure each event is professionally and competitively managed.  Arrangements can also be made for one off, private performances.


For more information, or to suggest somewhere you know could be Suitable, please email 



Here’s what two of our

returning partners had to say

“We were delighted to work with the Duke's Theatre Company in 2021. Their performance of Romeo & Juliet was lauded by our visitors and feedback was unanimously positive. Working with the team was great. The lead-up to the event was effortless and the marketing materials he provided was of a very high quality. The ease & efficiency of their set-up when onsite was exemplary and the actors were friendly and fun to work with. We very much look forward to hosting The Duke's Theatre Company again in 2022.”

Jenny Low
Visitor Business Manager Berkeley Castle

“We were delighted to welcome Duke's Theatre Company to Goodnestone Park in 2021, and will be scheduling a return visit for 2022. Particularly impressive was the thought and time given to promoting the production via print and social media, efforts which were reflected in ticket sales. The affable Company Director maintained excellent communication throughout the booking process, and our share of the house was promptly paid. The production itself received glowing reviews, one audience member tweeting “Fantastic interpretation of Romeo and Juliet at Goodnestone Park Gardens last night. Brilliantly performed, amazing and clever staging, well worth a watch”. 

Sally Lewis

Goodnestone Park Gardens 


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