2.00 pm for 3.00 pm Sunday 5th September 2021


In order to lift restrictions on numbers, as well as removing any Covid concerns, Illyria’s internationally acclaimed “Much Ado About Nothing” is moving to a new theatre this year. 
The show moves from the Corsley Playhouse indoors to the Coach Pit at Heywood House, outdoors. Heywood House, located in Westbury, is a classic country estate, transformed into dedicated offices and co-working space for the business community. The estate is situated in 30 acres of glorious grounds and parklands and benefits from stunning views of the Westbury White Horse and beyond.  


Heywood House has a fascinating history of over 400 years, from its founder, Sir James Ley to an auxiliary war hospital, to The National Trust’s Finance Director. With links to Shakespeare himself, one of the previous owners, Sir Henry Danvers is thought to have been the inspiration behind some of Shakespeare’s greatest plays, due to a local dispute between two feuding families becoming an international fiasco and resulting in the Danvers brothers being exiled to France! 

This will be a Gala Performance to celebrate the opening of a specially designed theatre, to the East of the Mansion, situated behind the stunning walled garden, converted from a pit where previous owner, Baron Ludlow, once had his coach and horses washed after a long journey! 
Come to the show, stroll the grounds, enjoy a cream tea, soak up the history, and sip on a prosecco in the interval whilst hearing more about the story and the link between historic Heywood House and William Shakespeare. 




Performed by Illyria  


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 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. 


Tickets: £16 Adults, £14 Heywood House Members, £12 Children (9-15), Cream Teas £5 per person  


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

Claire da Costa on 01373 832113




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