Shakespeare in the Garden returns


Fuller’s, the premium pubs and hotels business, is delighted to announce the welcome return of outdoor theatre, specifically Shakespeare in the Garden. Produced by theatre company Open Bar, this year’s production sees Love’s Labour’s Lost and As You Like It taking centre stage in pub gardens across the Fuller’s estate. This is the tenth consecutive year that Fuller’s pub customers have been able to enjoy alfresco productions from Britain’s greatest playwright.

After the somewhat disrupted year we’ve had, we are all in need of a “Summer of Love”, and the two plays Open Bar are bringing to the stage are just that. Full of comedy, romance and adventure, accompanied with original songs to help follow the plot, the shows truly are for everyone.

This year’s production offers 64 performances across 39 Fuller’s pubs from 13 July to 16 September 2021 and tickets can be purchased from

Open Bar co-founders, Nicky Diss and Vicky Gaskin, said: “We’re used to making innovative theatre in unusual spaces – our shows are designed to work with their environment and surroundings, not against them. As the audience gets more enthusiastic (and more lubricated, we are in a pub garden after all) we use it to our advantage. We feed off their energy. They don’t have to understand every word but it’s important that we take them with us…that they leave humming the tunes and still laughing at the gags. Thanks to Fuller’s, we are in the extraordinary position of still being able to produce full-scale professional shows regardless of Covid-19 capacity restrictions, maintaining our high production values, employing artists and dreaming bigger and better for 2021.”

Fuller’s Marketing Director, Jane Jones, said: “Our partnership with Open Bar has proved incredibly popular with our customers, and successful for both Fuller’s and Open Bar. We were delighted to be able to continue with our joint venture even during the socially-restricted summer of 2020. The last year has been a real rollercoaster, and nowhere has that been felt more keenly than in the hospitality and performing arts sectors. Shakespeare in the Garden is truly the perfect experience we all deserve this summer: laughter, romance and, perhaps most importantly, an amazing pint in a beautiful Fuller’s pub garden.”

Love’s Labour’s Lost – Play Synopsis

Four men decide to lock themselves away from all human connection (imagine!) to study and improve themselves, – but they soon find that it really isn’t as simple as that, especially when the Princess of France and her three beautiful friends are coming to stay.

Four couples separated by an oath, a “fantastical Spaniard” longing for a forbidden love, misplaced letters, a ridiculous play-within-a-play, a chorus of ukuleles, lightning-fast costume changes, drinks at your fingertips all make for a riotous Shakespeare comedy. Four actors will play all seventeen characters in this mischievous, and rather pertinent, love story. Laughter, romance and, perhaps most importantly, the longest word in Shakespeare.

As You Like It – Play Synopsis

Rosalind escapes her vicious uncle, dresses as a boy (because this is Shakespeare after all) and heads for the forest. There she meets a group of shepherds, and the boy she loves who also happens to be on the run from her uncle.

Run away with Rosalind and Celia as the Forest of Arden quite literally lands in Fuller’s pub gardens this summer. It may look fresh out of Shakespeare’s day, but it’s as relevant as ever, with original songs to help audiences follow the plot and six actors leaping around an impressive two-storey set.

A full list of venues, performances and ticket prices can be found at



The Plough Inn, Ealing

13, 14, 15 July

The Gun, Docklands

17, 24 July

The Prince Albert, Twickenham

19 July

The White Buck, Burley

20, 21 July

The Mayfly, Stockbridge

22, 23 July

The Castle, Harrow

26, 27, 28 July

The Ship Inn, Langstone

29 July

The Hampshire Hog, Clanfield

30 July

The George IV, Chiswick

1, 2 August

The Windmill, Portishead

4, 5 August

The Cromwell Arms, Romsey

6, 7 August

The Bear of Burton, Christchurch

9, August

The Chineham Arms, Basingstoke

10 August

The Turks Head, Twickenham

11, 12 August

Bel and The Dragon, Reading

13 August

The Talkhouse, Stanton

15 August

The Boat, Berkhamstead

16 August

The Fox and Hounds, Lyndhurst

18 August


The Pilot, Greenwich

26, 27 July

The Rose and Crown, Ealing

28, 29 July

The Frog and Wicket, Eversley

3 August

The Drayton Court, Ealing

5 August

The King and Queen, Caterham on the Hill

7, 8 August

The Chequers, Bicester

10 August

The Calleva Arms, Silchester

11 August

The Turks Head, Twickenham

13 August

The Fox and Pelican

15 August

The Oak, Aston Clinton

16 August

The Links Tavern, Liphook

18 August

The Mill, Elstead

19, 20 August

The White Buck, Burley

23, 24 August

The Red Lion, Chalton

25 August

The Five Bells, Leighton Buzzard

26 August

The Cambridge Arms, Bristol

27, 28 August

The Jolly Farmer, Guildford

31 August

The Alice Lisle, Ringwood

1 September

The New Forest, Ashurst

2 September

The Anglers, Teddington

6, 7, 13, 14 September

The Kingswood Arms, Banstead

8 September

The Red Lion, Barnes

9, 10, 11 September

The Duke of Kent, Ealing

15, 16 September

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