Shakespeare Under The Stars

A Midsummer Night's Dream

28 July – 29 August

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Berberis Dell

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About the show

This beguiling comedy of enchantment and transformation is brought to life within a dream-like woodland filled with feuding fairies, eloping lovers and a hapless troupe of actors.

There’s magic in the air alongside wild thyme, oxlips, nodding violets, luscious woodbine, sweet musk roses and eglantine. It’s an alfresco romp peppered with contemporary references. Into the mix add a spellbinding potion and a mischievous sprite for a summer night of mayhem like no other.

At a glance

Ticket Prices

Tuesday

Adult / Kew Member: £30.00 | £28.00

Concession / Kew Member: £25.00 | £23.00

Child (5-15) / Kew Member: £17.00 | £15.00

Wednesday - Thursday

Adult / Kew Member: £39.50 | £35.50

Concession / Kew Member: £35.50 | £31.50

Child (5-15) / Kew Member: £17.00 | £15.00

Friday - Sunday

Adult / Kew Member: £46.00 | £42.00

Concession / Kew Member: £43.00 | £39.00

Child (5-15) / Kew Member: £17.00 | £15.00

Children under 5-years old - FREE

Carers of ticket-holder's with accessibility needs are admitted FREE. Please select an additional carers ticket when making your ticket selection. Proof of disability will be required upon entry.


Getting Here

Entry via Victoria Gate (TW9 3JR) is advised

All other gates will be closed from 7pm

Download a map of the Gardens

By Tube: Kew Gardens station (500m to Victoria Gate)

By Train: Kew Bridge station (800m to Elizabeth Gate)

By Bus: Route 65 stops at Victoria Gate

By Bike: Racks are available at all gates

By Car: Parking is available at the National Archives Car Park. Approx. 12-minute walk to Victoria Gate.

Download a walking map of the National Archive Carpark to the Victoria Gate entrance of Kew Gardens.

NOTE: parking at Brentford Gate Car Park will not be available.

Free Accessible Parking: Blue Badge Holder's street parking available on Lichfield Road, Leyborne Park, Burlington Avenue. Spaces are limited.

Click here for more information on accessible parking.

Performance Times

Tuesday – Sunday: 8.00pm

NOTE: No performances scheduled on 10 - 11 August. (Tuesday, Wednesday)

Running time: 2 Hour 20 Minutes including intermission

Worried about the weather? Click here for information in our F.A.Q.

Important Information

Please purchase all tickets in advance as there is limited capacity to each performance. Please note that there is no box office at Kew gardens so it is crucial that you book in advance. If you arrive and require additional tickets, this can be done online via your telephone or tablet device. If you require assistance TheatreOnKew Staff will be at Victoria Gate and the performance site 90 minutes prior to the performance start time to assist you with ticketing and direction enquiries.

Entrance to the performance location and access to the box office opens 1.5 hours prior to the performance start time.

Please note, this performance takes place at Berberis Dell, which is a 5 minute walk from Victoria Gate. Guests are asked to at least arrive 30 minutes prior to the show start time, to allow enough time to process tickets and walk from the gate to the performance site.

The performance takes place in one location in a picnic theatre format.

If you are a Kew Member, please click here for discounted tickets. You will be prompted to enter your Kew Membership number before proceeding with the booking.

Each ticket to this performance includes admission to the Garden's pre-show. Please note the Gardens will not be open for visitation after the show.

Performance Location

Please arrive at Kew Gardens through the Victoria Gate entrance only. TheatreOnKew staff will then direct you to the performance site at the Berberis Dell.

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Wherever possible, please use public transport to the Gardens. For transport information, please see our FAQ.

Please note: all other entrance gates to Kew Garden's will close at 7pm.

FAQ

Car Parking - Evening Performances Only

Parking is available at the National Archives Car Park.

Access via Bessant Drive (TW9 4AD)

Approx. 12-minute walk to Victoria Gate.

The parking fee is £10.00. Parking is only accessible from 6pm, cars must vacate the carpark by 11pm.

Download a walking map of the National Archive Carpark to the Victoria Gate entrance of Kew Gardens.

NOTE: parking at Brentford Gate Car Park will not be available for evening performances.

Free Accessible Parking: Blue Badge Holder's street parking available on Lichfield Road, Leyborne Park, Burlington Avenue. Spaces are limited.

Click here for more information on accessible parking.

Does my ticket provide access to the Gardens? (Shakespeare)

Yes, entry to the Gardens is included in the ticket.

If you are attending A Midsummer Night's Dream, you may enjoy the Gardens prior to the show.

Food & Beverages (Shakespeare)

We encourage guests to pack a picnic to enjoy during the show.

Food and beverages will also be available for purchase during the evening.

Please note, knives and picnic tables are prohibited.

What should I bring? (Shakespeare)

It is not essential to bring anything with you, but there are a few things that may make your visit more pleasant...

  • A raincoat in case of inclement weather. (Umbrella's cannot be used during the performance)
  • Something cosy for when the sun sets. Summer evenings in the Gardens can be cool.
  • A picnic blanket to sit on. We advise using one with a waterproof base in case of damp ground.
  • A portable camping chair if you prefer. Chairs over 15cm in height will be positioned to the back of the seating area so the view of other guests is not obstructed.
  • A picnic if you wish.

Are there chairs to sit on?

Chairs are not supplied either by the Production Company or Venue; however you are welcome to bring your own picnic chairs.

We ask that if you bring a chair, you sit towards the back or side so you do not obstruct the view of other patron’s. Staff on site will be able to assist you.

What if it has been raining and the ground is too wet to sit on?

The show will go on, if it's safe to do so! We hope that if it has been raining, you will still join us for some fun.

It it's a little muddy, we suggest bringing portable chair or blanket to sit on - one with a waterproof lining is ideal.

Guests are also encouraged to wear comfortable all weather clothing and shoes.