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William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet

Performed by Illyria

Sunday 1st September 2024 at 4pm

Live Open Air Performance at Heywood House!!

We are delighted to welcome back internationally acclaimed theatre group, Illyria, to Heywood House on Sunday 1st September for another of Shakespeare’s timeless masterpieces, ‘Romeo and Juliet’. Join us for a passionate, poetic and utterly gripping performance set within the beautiful grounds of the estate.

Heywood House has a fascinating history of over 400 years and is now transformed into dedicated offices, meeting rooms and co-working spaces for the business community. The classic country estate is set within 35 acres of glorious grounds and parklands with stunning views of the Westbury White Horse and beyond. The show takes place in our outdoor theatre, situated behind the stunning walled garden, converted from a pit where previous owner, Baron Ludlow, once upon a time would have had his coach and horses washed after a long journey.

About the show

Two wealthy families, the Montagues and the Capulets, are at war. Their feud has been long and bitter. But when Romeo, Montague’s son, gatecrashes Capulet’s party in disguise, everything changes. There he meets Juliet, Capulet’s daughter, and the pair fall into an intense, forbidden love that sets in motion a chain of events leading to a devastating conclusion.

From a secret rendezvous in a moonlit garden to a fateful duel under the scorching Verona sun, Shakespeare masterfully explores the enduring power of love, revenge and fate in one of his best-loved stories. But the surprising thing about this iconic tragedy is that it’s extremely funny too!

Performed by Illyria in the great outdoors, this fast-paced, polished, beautifully spoken production has been created using only the First Folio text, the most authoritative edition of Shakespeare’s plays. Illyria first performed this terrific play more than two decades ago to critical acclaim worldwide. This summer it returns for a third time!

Gates open: 2.00pm. Running time (approx.): 140-minutes (including a 20-minute interval). Suitable for all ages.

Cancellation in dangerous weather only, when performance will be rescheduled. Tickets are non-refundable.
Please bring your own seating/rug.

£18 Adults,
£14 Heywood House Members,
£12 Children (9-15),
Homemade Cream Teas £5 per person