Europe’s premier open-air Shakespeare production.

Stafford Festival Shakespeare is produced by Stafford Gatehouse Theatre, for Stafford Borough Council which lies in the heart of Stafford town centre. The event is the centrepiece of the borough’s popular family orientated Stafford Festival.

The production was established in 1991, and has been performed annually against the dramatic backdrop of Stafford Castle, which overlooks the acting company and the audience. The performances have covered a vast range of The Bard’s work, including romances, tragedies, comedies and histories.

The event’s reputation has grown dramatically in recent years, attracting many accomplished and respected actors to play alongside experienced local actors. The event is now regarded as one of the top three Open Air Shakespeare Festivals in the country and has seen audiences grow from 3,776 people in its opening year to its present capacity.