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Shakespeare comes to you.

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Bard in The Yard is a critically-acclaimed Covid-inspired project launched as a response to the closure of theatres due to the pandemic in Spring 2020. We desperately wanted to reconnect you, the audience, with the joys of live theatre while waiting for our beloved institutions to reopen properly. We also wanted to keep the show going for us, the artists, as our industry faces this unprecedented crisis.

Bard in the Yard is two plays written and directed by Victoria Gartner about William Shakespeare struggling to find inspiration in plague lockdown in Elizabethan England: King Leonardo & The Scottish Play.

One of our many William Shakespeares is available to perform in your yards, in schools, in care homes, pubs, clubs, outdoor theatres, on jetties, in cathedrals, anywhere in England and Scotland... It's Deliveroo Shakespeare, really.


“Bard in the Yard is a simply wonderful project which brings Shakespeare to everyone, delivering humanity, connection and inspiration just when we need it the most. If you’re looking for an unforgettable theatrical experience, I highly recommend it.”

Our Godmother, Dame Helen Mirren

The idea of taking theatre into gardens feels like a grassroots revolution.

The Telegraph

Irresistible... You don’t need to be a Shakespeare fanatic to get it all.

The Guardian

It was like having the Globe right in our garden!

Shaylyn, audience

The most poignant reminder of the power of Shakespeare, the need for story telling, and the necessity of human connection.

Michelle Terry, Shakespeare's Globe


Adam Morgan | Alice Merivale | Alix Dunmore | Arron Greechan | Brigid Lohrey | Caroline Mathison | Christopher Commander | Hannah Young | Henry Charnock | Honey Gabriel | Jonathan Blakeley | Kate Roche | Kaya Bucholc | Kit McGuire | Luke Farrugia | Rosanna Turner | Rupert Sadler | Sulin Hasso | Will Harrison-Wallace

Writer & Director Victoria Gartner

Executive Producer Charlie Mackellar

PR & Education Beatrice Lawrence

Scotland Producer Erin Rooney

Assistant Director Runa Augdal

Assistant Director Aaron Blackledge

Associate Producer Tim Atkinson

Associate Producer Katherine Moran

Associate Producer Jack Spencer

West Midlands Promoter 2020 Hannah Elsy Productions

Special thanks to


Chris Grady, Gabrielle O'Connor, Dominic Cavendish, all of our Bards & all of our audience.


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