Open-air drama: Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet comes to Arundel Castle

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Arundel Castle will host open-air theatre performances of Shakespeare’s timeless romantic classic Romeo and Juliet this summer, on Friday and Saturday, August 16 and 17.

The castle’s Earl’s Garden will be transformed into an enchanting outdoor theatre, where attendees can sit under the stars and relish in this passionate, poetic, and utterly gripping production.

Performers from Illyria are returning to Arundel Castle once again, this time to relay Shakespeare’s tragic love story set in Verona, Italy. Infamously known as one of the playwright’s masterpieces, this vibrant act is filled with secret rendezvous between two young lovers, gripping scenes of feuding families, and, surprisingly, plenty of laughter.

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Andrew Lewis, Castle Manager at Arundel Castle, expressed his enthusiasm for the upcoming event, saying: “We’re absolutely delighted to be welcoming back Illyria to perform one of Shakespeare’s best-loved plays.

Shakespeare open-air production at Arundel Castle.Shakespeare open-air production at Arundel Castle.
Shakespeare open-air production at Arundel Castle.

"With the picturesque backdrop of the Arundel Castle gardens and the Cathedral, together with the wonderful atmosphere created from sitting outdoors at dusk, the audience will be treated to a wonderfully unique evening of entertainment.

"We welcome everyone to join us for a magnificent night of Shakespearean drama and revelry in the great outdoors. The performance forms part of the 2024 Arundel Festival of the Arts in the town.”

Tickets for Arundel Castle's Shakespeare open-air theatre, Romeo and Juliet, are available at

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Priced at £23 per adult and £17 for children aged 8-16, this enchanting show is suitable for audiences aged eight and above. The performance will begin promptly at 7.30pm, with the grounds opening at 6pm for picnics and the seating area opening at 6.45pm. Hot and cold drinks, wine and beer are available.

Arundel Castle reserves the right to change events or access to areas at any time - the full gardens/grounds are not open on the evenings of the productions. All catering is subject to menu and opening hours, variations, and availability. Tickets are non-refundable unless the event is cancelled by the organiser for reasons other than the weather. Please check the website for full details.