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A Midsummer Night's Dream live - SOLD OUT

25th Aug 2021 19:00 - 21:30

Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream | Chapterhouse Theatre | Exbury Gardens | New Forest, Hampshire

A Midsummer Night's Dream live - SOLD OUT

Open air performance

For one night only, Chapterhouse Theatre Company will be performing an adaptation of Shakespeare's classic play A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Star-crossed Athenian lovers, playful fairies and hilarious traveling players make for an unforgettable performance of magical theatre in magical surroundings. Performed at some of the most beautiful gardens in the UK join Chapterhouse Theatre Company and enjoy a wonderful evening of Shakespeare’s best-loved romantic comedy, complete with beautiful Elizabethan costumes and a splendid musical score. A glorious welcome back to theatre under the stars for family, friends and children of all ages.

Midsummer Night's Dream - Bottom | Chapterhouse Theatre | Exbury Gardens | New Forest, Hampshire

Running time

The performance will run for approximately two hours with a 20-minute interval halfway through. 


Refreshments will be available throughout the performance.

Searcy's picnics can also be pre-booked for this event, from £29.50 for two people. Click here to learn more and to book.

You're also more than welcome to bring your own food and refreshments to enjoy during the performance.

Adult £18.00
Child (under 5s free) £11.00
Family (2 adults & 2 children) £50.00


Further information

Gates open at 6pm for a 7pm performance start time. Attendees are kindly asked to arrive at the Visitor Entrance at least fifteen minutes before the performance starts to allow for the walk down the Main Drive (towards Exbury House). Please bring your own rugs or low-backed seating.

Performance will continue in all but extreme weather (hail, high winds, etc.). If weather deemed too dangerous, we will endeavor to re-shedule. As with all events staged this year, we reserve the right to change or cancel this event should government advice or other external factors dictate.

Chapterhouse have been touring open-air theatre since 2000 meaning this is our 21st Anniversary Tour, and for this year we have concentrated on productions that the whole family can enjoy, laugh at and join in with. We are thrilled to be touring at some wonderful venues after a year of quiet and hibernation. ‘’Events are the lifeblood of Chapterhouse and it is a huge privilege to be a part of the events programmes of some of the most beautiful gardens and country houses in the country, I am sure I speak for everyone involved when I say that we are so looking forward to welcoming back families and audience members young and old alike. We are so grateful for all the support for we have had since announcing the tours and we can’t wait for the tour to begin.’’ – Richard, Producer Chapterhouse


‘We recently had some friends from London to visit and were looking for something to entertain our young children for the day. We decided to give Exbury Gardens a try and I thought it was wonderful. We had Sunday lunch in the restaurant and the food was far superior to other local attractions so compliments to the chef. Walking through the gardens was beautiful with lots of little pathways to explore. I have lived in the Romsey area for many years and always thought Exbury was a little out of the way but it only took me 20 minutes from the motorway. We will definitely be a regular visitor from now on.’

Philip Moulds, New Forest

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