About Us

PooloflightQuality acting, sumptuous costumes, a grand spectacle supported by superb technical and special effects, and as the evening draws on the unique magic that grows while the darkness gathers around the pool of light in which the actors weave their spell – these are the hallmarks by which our many regular audience members have come to know Shakespeare Live, and the unexpected delights that so often win high praise from newcomers.

 All this is enjoyed by our audiences from the weatherproof comfort of tiered seating in a covered stand. While the actors may occasionally find themselves battling the elements, the spectators stay dry – although a warm wrap is always to be recommended! Creature comforts are well provided for during your visit, with indoor bars, picnic spaces and toilets as well as outdoor stalls selling food, drink and merchandise – and of course those splendid lawns to enjoy your picnic on a balmy summer evening. Come on our Gala Night and you will be entertained by musicians and dancers while you soak up the atmosphere before the show. More Performance Info can be found here.

ServantsYou may rest assured also that once the costs of staging and production have been covered any surplus from the price you pay for your ticket will go to charitable causes. In our 27 years to date we are pleased and proud to have been able to donate over £50,000 to a wide range of charities, the majority of them with local connections. We aim to contribute to the community life of North Wiltshire: to that end we have formed, and will continue to develop, artistic and educational links with a variety of local schools and youth groups, links which are central to our status, from early 2014, as a registered charity. We love to involve children and young people in our productions and you can read our child protection policy here.

 Joining Us

We are always looking out for new talent for both on stage and off and are keen for all ages to be able to join in and contribute to the production of a large scale stage show. If you are looking for more information about joining us click Here.

Company News

For the latest updates from us related to donations, important news, Voluntary Job Positions and more just click here

The Company

Founded in 1989 by a group of experienced amateur actors, Shakespeare Live is a theatre company which raises funds for charity by producing open air performances of Shakespeare plays. Since its foundation the company has raised over £50,000 for charitable causes.


The creation of the company was only made possible through the generous support of the founding member companies and individuals.

The Board of Trustees

We are run by a Board of Trustees, who work together to keep the company running, all are volunteers who take other roles within the production each year. To take a look at our board of Trustees and meet the faces behind the company click here.