COVID-19 UPDATE: With heavy hearts, we have decided to cancel the open-air Festival for 2020. However, we’ll shortly be launching an exciting programme of online events. Please click here to read our full statement.

The annual summer Petersfield Shakespeare Festival is dedicated to performing entertaining and accessible Shakespeare in a unique and enchanting open-air setting. We look forward to welcoming you for plays and picnics.

What's happening in 2020

Shake It Up

As part of a new look for 2020, the Petersfield Shakespeare Festival is running an exciting creative writing competition to find amazing monologues and dynamic duologues which will be performed as curtain raisers for our centre-piece production of Romeo and Juliet.

Closing date for entries 3rd April 2020.

Romeo and Juliet

‘A pair of star-crossed lovers…”

A fresh new take on Shakespeare’s best loved tragedy, directed by Becky Hope-Palmer.

Performances 16th – 25th  July 2020.

Monologues and more

What’s your poison?

A cocktail of Shakespearean tipples: new writing, monologues, and this year you won’t even have to wrestle with a deckchair; it’s all online, all free of charge!

Online from 16th – 25th July 2020.

“A real treat in an amazing atmosphere. Book! Go!”

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What you said about PSF 2019

We come each year to both plays, and it just keeps getting better.​


Best bit of theatre I have seen in years, (and I work in theatre) very inventive, slick, funny with great pace, you would be mad to miss it.


Imaginative, energetic, brilliantly acted and staged. Hilarious.


I didn’t dare laugh in case I missed hearing anything!


“Full of energy and fun, with a hugely talented cast.”

“A real treat in an amazing atmosphere. Book! Go!”

“Funny and bawdy just as Shakespeare wrote it!”

“We were four amongst 200 and every one of every age enjoyed.”

“It’s absolutely awesome! This was our fourth Shakespeare festival experience and definitely the best yet! Fan-blooming-tastic!”

“Great performance and a lovely way to spend a summer’s evening.”

“Such an amazing show – we are hooked!”

“Brilliant! Thoroughly recommend seeing anything they do.”

“Brilliant! Thoroughly recommend seeing anything they do.”