Bard in the Yard


"King Leonardo, His Three Daughters and their Dog"

A Comedy by William Shakespeare Victoria Gartner

1 ground-breaking play about Shakespeare in quarantine

23 Bards ready to perform it across London & the Midlands

Missed theatre? Let the magic of theatre come to you!


  William Shakespeare, aka "The Bard", is stuck in London during the plague quarantine of 1605.

Quite literally stuck. He urgently needs to write his next masterpiece, but his parchment remains desperately blank. If only he could speak to an audience again, and rekindle the fire of his Muse! What's that?

You have a private yard in which he could perform his greatest hits and reignite the Bard-blockbuster machine, all while maintaining a suitably Covid-19 safe distance? And our Bard already has a great working title:

"King Leonardo, his Three Daughters and Their Dog."

This new play and  innovative project has delighted many private audiences since July 2020.

So find out how the Bard's quill goes from "King Leonardo" to "King Lear" in this 50-minute solo piece written for the times by Artistic Director Victoria Gartner and performed by our 24 phenomenal actors spread all over London and the Midlands, in the comfort of your own yard!  

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

A sweet slice of Shakespearetainment,

a Bard visiting in your back garden - what's not to like?

Ben Crystal

Bard In The Yard is a project launched by Will & Co as a response to the closure of theatres due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We want to reconnect you, the audience, with the joys of live theatre, while waiting for our beloved institutions to reopen.

We also want to keep the show going for us, the artists, as our industry faces this unprecedented crisis. 

This project truly encapsulates the essence of our company: bringing people closer to Shakespeare. 

The Bard's works are where the common emotional heritage of humanity can be experienced,

and we believe that we need this now more than ever.


Our fantastic actors (whose credits include The National Theatre, the RSC, BBC, Game of Thrones, The Hollow Crown, Outlander, Call the Midwife, Doctors, or Secret Cinema) are spread all over London and the Midlands to perform our Artistic Director Victoria Baumgartner (Offies-nominated) accessible, entertaining and poetical new play.


Find the closest Bard to you now by booking!


Thank you for supporting theatre.

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Alice Merivale Constanza Ruff Emma Nihill Honey Gabriel Jonathan Blakeley Kit McGuire Hannah Young Lin Sagovsky Luke Farrugia Michael Southwark Miztli Rose Rupert Sadler Charlie Clee Ben Galpin Natalie Harper Lucy Aarden Will Harrison-Wallace Jonathan McGarrity Alix Dunmore Kaya Bucholc Kate Roche Henry Charnock

Writer & Director Victoria Gartner

Producer Charlie Mackellar

Associate Producer Tim Atkinson

PR & Communications Beatrice Lawrence

Social media Katherine Moran

Partnerships Jack Spencer

West Midlands Promoter Hannah Elsy Productions


Will & Co is a member of ITC - Independant Theatre Council
Will Shakes and Co Ltd is a registered private company, n° 12388020