It is with great regret that the Coronavirus has forced us to CANCEL our events for 2020.
But we hope 2021 will be a bumper year. Do click on Contact and complete the form for prior notification for next year's performances.


Debate at Mells:
“Does the History Matter?”


6.30pm for 7.00pm, Friday 28th August 2020

Mells Tithe Barn

Mells, Somerset, BA11 3PN

Join author Clare Asquith, Cyril Kinsky QC and 

scholar Professor Gerard Kilroy in debating the dark side of Shakespeare's best loved comedy

Theatre at Corsley:
Much Ado About Nothing


2.30pm for 3:00pm, Saturday 29th August 2020

The Playhouse

Manor Farm, Corsley, Wiltshire, BA12 7QE

Performed by Illyria

Award Winning Theatre Company

Introduction by Professor Gerard Kilroy

Tickets include Supper at Mells and Champagne Tea in the Manor at Corsley, and more besides…

£20 for the Mells Event, £30 for the Corsley Event, or £45 for both Events

For The Elizabethan Evening’s open air performances click: www.theelizabethanevening.com

Proceeds to Mells Community Village Shop, and The Shakespearean Authorship Trust

Tickets from Claire da Costa, 01373 832113, office@theelizabethanplayhouse.com



Performed by Illyria as part of Shakespeare's Weekend

Claudio loves Hero, and Benedick hates Beatrice. This is just as well, because Hero loves Claudia and Beatrice hates Benedick.

Everyone laughs when Don Pedro plays a trick on Benedick and Beatrice, letting each think that they are secretly loved by the other. But it is no laughing matter when Don John plays a trick on Claudio and Hero, deceiving Claudio into thinking that Hero is not faithful to him.

Murderous rage is unleashed, and death can be the only solution...or can it? 

Perhaps one last trick may resurrect the innocent dead, restore broken relationships- and even create an unlikely union of Benedick and Beatrice!

Now in it's 29th 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.

Tickets from Claire da Costa, 01373 832113, or office@theelizabethanplayhouse.com

Places are limited to 130, so please book early




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

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

© 2020 by The Elizabethan Playhouse.  Designed by Anya da Costa

The Manor, Corsley, Warminster, Wiltshire

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