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Upcoming Events

A Midsummer Night's Dream 

at Heywood House

Sunday the 4th of September 2022


After a fantastic gala performance last year to celebrate the grand opening of our specially designed outdoor theatre, we are delighted to welcome back internationally acclaimed theatre group, Illyria, to Heywood House. Join us on Sunday 4th September 2022 and enjoy an afternoon performance of the Shakespeare’s timeless comic masterpiece, ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

Heywood House has a fascinating history over 400 years and is now transformed into dedicated offices and co-working space for the business community. The classic country estate is set within 30 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.


‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, 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 set within the picturesque grounds of Heywood House.


Now in its 30th year, Illyria has delighted audiences the length and breadth of the UK, and in the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, France and the United States and Canada performing some of the most well-loved productions on offer. The company has 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 and other performances.



Come enjoy the show, take a stroll around the grounds, enjoy a delicious cream tea, and learn more about the intriguing link between the historic estate and William Shakespeare.


Tickets: £16 Adults, £14 Heywood House Members, £12 Children (9-15),

Homemade Cream Teas £5 per person

Gates open at 2pm, pre bookable cream teas served from 2.30pm,

performance starts at 4pm


Or if you would prefer to buy tickets over the phone then please contact

Claire da Costa on 01373 832113


Past Events


William Shakespeare
Debate at Mells:
“Shakespeare, Prospero 
and The Island"


6.30pm for 7.00pm, Friday 7th September 2019

Mells Tithe Barn

Mells, Somerset, BA11 3PN


Join a discussion between: Clare Asquith,
Professor Gerard Kilroy and Cyril Kinsky QC

Chaired by Professor Gerard Kilroy

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Theatre at Corsley:
The Tempest


2.30pm for 3:00pm, Sunday 8th September 2019

The Elizabethan Playhouse

Manor Farm, Corsley, Wiltshire, BA12 7QE

Performed by Illyria

Award Winning Theatre Company

Introduction by Professor Gerard Kilroy


By Charles Dickens


performed by


7:30pm, Thursday 6th December 2018

A Christmas Carol (002) Picture of Scroo

On Christmas Eve, the most magical night of the year, the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge is whisked away on a journey through the past and into the future, accompanied by three fearsome ghosts determied to show him the true meaning of Christmas. This Winter, Charles Dickens' classic ghost story is brought alive in a traditional production, complete with beautiful period costume, song, dance and a magnificent musical score. Join critically-acclaimed theatre company Chapterhouse and see whether Scrooge's frozen heart will melt in time for Christmas Day...


Debate at Mells:
“Who Was Shakespeare?”


6.30pm for 7.00pm, Saturday 15 September

Mells Park

Mells, Somerset, BA11 3QB

Between Oxfordian Alexander Waughand

Stratfordian Clare, Countess of

Oxford and Asquith

Chaired by Professor Gerard Kilroy

Merchant of Venice
Theatre at Corsley:
The Merchant of Venice


2.00pm for 2:30pm, Sunday 16 September

The Elizabethan Playhouse

Manor Farm, Corsley, Wiltshire, BA12 7QE

Performed by Illyria

Award Winning Theatre Company

Summary by Professor Gerard Kilroy

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