You might be an artist who would like to introduce yourself and your work here or maybe you’re a business with a mission to describe.

The Petersfield Shakespeare Festival is a highly-regarded and popular outdoor theatre festival which takes place in the beautiful grounds of Bedales School, in the heart of the South Downs National Park.

The stunning courtyard grounds, which are elegantly tented for the Festival, provide the perfect space for summer evening entertainment. Audience members are encouraged to bring a picnic and soak up the atmosphere prior to the performance.

Over the past seven years, the festival has seen Shakespeare’s best loved plays brought to life by our professional company in creative and imaginative ways:

2019 The Comedy of Errors, Hamlet and Abyss
2018 Henry V and The Taming of the Shrew
2017 As You Like It and Double WillShakespeare’s Lost Women and Buried Moon
2016 The Tempest
2014 The Merry Wives of Windsor and Macbeth
2013 A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo and Juliet
2012 Much Ado About Nothing and Twelfth Night.

The Festival is also committed to producing new work inspired by Shakespeare, in order to extend his reach to modern audiences and provide a platform for young playwrights. These have included a contemporary exploration of the Caliban/Miranda story – Buried Moon and 2018’s reworking of The Taming of the Shrew.

Meet our team

The Producers

Lucy Hollis and Clare Glancy

Artistic Director

Jake Smith
Artistic Director

Technical Director

Laura Turner
Writer in Residence

Technical Director

William Glancy
Head of Production

Costume Designer

Nicole Small
Costume Designer

Our collaborative team brings a wealth of diverse experience in professional theatre. Between them they have worked extensively over the country, including Chichester Festival Theatre, The Old Vic, The Almeida, Hull Truck, Glyndebourne, on national tours and in the West End. They all relish the challenges of outdoor theatre and delight in the opportunities which this extraordinary space offers.