'A Midsummer Night's Dream' Outdoor Theatre at Goldney House & Gardens

'A Midsummer Night's Dream' Outdoor Theatre at Goldney House & Gardens

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£0 – £17.30

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The Orangery at Goldney House

Lower Clifton Hill




United Kingdom

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No Refunds

Award winning open-air theatre company Illyria presents Shakespeare’s 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' in the beautiful Goldney Gardens!

About this event

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM by William Shakespeare

Five couples – three human, one fairy, and one mythical – find their relationships sorely tested, intimately probed and indecently exposed when a troupe of amateur theatricals bumble into the forest to rehearse a play.

Shakespeare’s timeless comic masterpiece explores every colour in the spectrum of love, from arranged marriage to elopement, from infatuation to hatred, from chivalric devotion to raw sex. Add to this bawdy mix a heady brew of confusion, magic and mischief, and you have the most perfectly frothy comedy for a moonlit summer evening.


Running time (approx): 2hr 20mins, including 20 minute interval.

18:00 Gates open and refreshments available

19:00 Performance starts

21:20 Finish (approx.)


Spaces on the lawn are on a first-come- first-served basis. Please bring your own chair or picnic blanket as seating is not provided.

The performance is open air and will take place in all weathers, so please dress accordingly. Please not that to prevent viewing obstruction, umbrellas are not permitted during the performance.

Food and Drink

We have teamed up with our fantastic catering partners who will offer a selection of hot and cold soft drinks, alcoholic beverages and theatre-style snacks such as popcorn, hotdogs, doughnuts and ice cream.

This year we are also pleased to offer luxury theatre hampers, filled with delicious savory and sweet treats. These are available to purchase with your tickets for either 2 or 4 people and including or excluding meat fillings. Sales for hampers will end on 2nd August.

Location and parking

Unfortunately, due to our central location, parking is not available on site. There is limited on-street pay-and-display parking nearby. The closest multi-story parking is Trenchard Street Long Stay Carpark, approximately 10-15 minutes walk.

Entry into Goldney Gardens will be via the Constitution Hill door. Gates open from 5pm. On entry, please go to the welcome desk where a member of our team will check your ticket details and issue a wristband for entry into the event. You do not need to bring a printed ticket as we will be able check the booking against your name.

The 8/9 bus services stop within walking distance of the venue. These bus services run from Bristol Temple Meads train station and the City Centre. Alight at Victoria Square in Clifton Village, which is a 5 minute walk away.

Bicycles can be parked within the gardens, please bring your own bike locks. Please note, bikes are left at own risk.


There is level access to Goldney Gardens and fully accessible toilets on site. Please note that access to the theatre performance area on the lawn is via a small grass bank. Should any assistance be required, please make note on your booking and a member of our team will be more than happy to provide assistance on the day.


Please note, only assistance dogs are allowed within the grounds.


We are unable to offer refunds for this event unless cancelled by the organisers.


Only severe thunderstorms will stop the performance and every effort will be made to re-start. Illyria will make every effort to complete the performance and reserve the right to stop and start the action as required. Performances are never cancelled or abandoned before the advertised starting time and then only in the event of severe weather. Please note that we cannot give refunds for cancellation or abandonment as a result of weather. Tickets are non-refundable unless the event is cancelled by the organiser for reasons other than the weather.

COVID-19 safety

Attendees are required to follow all UK government guidelines to reduce the spread of Covid-19. Please check the latest guidance at: www.gov.uk/coronavirus

About Illyria

Illyria was created in 1991, and ever since has delighted audiences the length and breadth of the UK, and in the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, France, the United States and Canada.

Illyria has also won 4 international "Best Performance" awards and attracted numerous "5-star" and "Critics' Choice" reviews for the lively clarity of its approach to Shakespeare's plays, the high quality of its shows for Families and the refreshing originality of its English classics adaptations and Gilbert & Sullivan performances.

Illyria's mission is simply stated: to create a varied programme of outstandingly enjoyable theatre and to make it available for everyone to see.

Illyria has given more performances to more people across a wider area than any other open air touring theatre company, its presence dominates the sector and its standards set the bar high. Illyria complies with the Equity Union's Outdoor Touring Theatre Guidelines and ensures that all its actors are paid a fair living wage and treated with respect and dignity.

Illyria is proud that for 31 years its popularity has enabled it to operate on a fully professional basis.

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