Shakespeare Under The Stars

A Midsummer Night's Dream

20 July – 1 September 2024

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

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About the show

“Magical”

The Stage

This beguiling comedy of enchantment and transformation is brought to life within a dream-like woodland filled with feuding fairies, eloping lovers and a hapless troupe of actors.

There’s magic in the air alongside wild thyme, oxlips, nodding violets, luscious woodbine, sweet musk roses and eglantine. It’s an alfresco romp peppered with contemporary references. Into the mix add a spellbinding potion and a mischievous sprite for a summer night of mayhem like no other.

At a glance

Performance Times

Tuesday – Sunday: 7:30pm

Running time: 2 Hour 30 Minutes including a
20-minute intermission

Suddenly can't attend? CLICK HERE to exchange your tickets.


Guests are asked to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the show start time, to allow enough time to process tickets and walk from the gate to the performance site.


Worried about the weather?

CLICK HERE for information in our F.A.Qs

Patrons affected by a cancelled performance are invited to exchange their tickets for an alternative performance date/time or receive a full refund via their booking agent.

Getting Here

Entry via Victoria Gate (TW9 3JR) is advised

All other gates will be closed from 7pm

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By Tube:

Kew Gardens station (500m to Victoria Gate)

By Train:
Kew Bridge station (800m to Elizabeth Gate)

By Bus:
Route 65 stops at Victoria Gate

By Bike:
Racks are available at all gates

By Car:
Parking will not be available at Kew Gardens Brentford Gate Car Park. You may use on street parking in Richmond town.

Free Accessible Parking: Blue Badge Holder's street parking available on Lichfield Road, Leyborne Park, Burlington Avenue. Spaces are limited.

CLICK HERE for more information on accessible parking.

Ticket Prices

Sunday & Tuesday

Adult / Kew Member: £31.50 | £28.00
Concession / Kew Member: £25.75 | £23.00
Child (5-15) / Kew Member: £17.00 | £15.00

Wednesday & Thursday

Adult / Kew Member: £39.50 | £35.50
Concession / Kew Member: £35.00 | £21.50
Child (5-15) / Kew Member: £17.00 | £15.00

Friday & Saturday

Adult / Kew Member: £47.00 | £42.00
Concession / Kew Member: £43.50 | £39.00
Child (5-15) / Kew Member: £17.00 | £15.00


Children aged 4 and under - FREE
Children aged 5 and over must have a ticket.

Essential Companion of ticket-holder's with accessibility needs are admitted FREE.
Please select an additional Essential Companion ticket when making your ticket selection. Proof of disability and Carers Card ID will be required upon entry.

Concession tickets
are for visitors with a disability, senior citizens (65+) and visitors with pension benefits. This includes jobseekers receiving benefits, high school and tertiary students. ID will need to be shown on entry.

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Important Information

Please purchase all tickets in advance as there is limited capacity to each performance. Please note that there is no box office at Kew gardens so it is crucial that you book in advance. If you arrive and require additional tickets, this can be done online via your telephone or tablet device. If you require assistance Theatre On Kew Staff will be at Victoria Gate and the performance site 90 minutes prior to the performance start time to assist you with ticketing and direction enquiries.

Entrance to the performance location and access to the box office opens 1.5 hours prior to the performance start time.

Please note, this performance takes place at Theatre Lawn, Behind the Palm House, which is a 5 minute walk from Victoria Gate. Guests are asked to at least arrive 30 minutes prior to the show start time, to allow enough time to process tickets and walk from the gate to the performance site. We recommend using the rest rooms on the way to the playing space or prior to the show starting as there is a little bit of a walk.

The performance takes place in one location in a picnic theatre format.

If you are a Kew Member, please click here for discounted tickets. You will be prompted to enter your Kew Membership number before proceeding with the booking.

Each ticket to this performance includes admission to the Garden's pre-show. Please note the Gardens will not be open for visitation after the show.

Performance Location

Please arrive at Kew Gardens through the Victoria Gate entrance only. TheatreOnKew staff will then direct you to the performance site Theatre Lawn, Behind the Palm House.

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Use the restrooms prior to the show as the bathrooms a few minutes walk from the playing space.

Wherever possible, please use public transport to the Gardens. For transport information, please see our FAQ.

Please note: all other entrance gates to Kew Garden's will close at 7pm.

FAQ

Am I eligible for an essential carers ticket? (Free Ticket)

You are eligible for an essential carers ticket if you have one of the following:

  • Entitlement to Disability Living Allowance for children under 16 or DLA/Personal Independent Payments (PIP) for those aged 16-64, either in the form of a letter stating that the benefit has been awarded, or the actual Allowance book.
  • Attendance Allowance or Carer's Allowance letter of award.
  • Incapacity Benefit books, or a letter notifying the recipient that the benefit has been awarded Incapacity Benefit, Employment Support Allowance (ESA). Disability Student's Allowance (DSA) or DID card (UK Disabled ID Card)
  • A valid Blue Badge.
  • In the case of visual impairment, a registration card known as the BD8 or a Certificate of Visual Impairment (CVI).
  • Credibility’s Access Card with the Essential Companion/companion symbol.

Are the performances accessible?

We do our best to accomodate most accessibility requirements. CLICK HERE for more information on accessibility and your visit.

Who qualifies for a concession priced ticket?

We follow the Kew Garden's admission criteria for those eligible for concession tickets.

Concession tickets are for visitors with a disability, senior citizens 65+ and visitors with pension benefits. This also includes jobseekers receiving benefits, high school and tertiary students. ID will need to be shown on entry.

Does my ticket provide access to the Gardens? (Shakespeare)

Yes, entry to the Gardens is included in the ticket. Please show your theatre ticket to the gate staff when arriving at the Gardens entrance gates.

If you are attending A Midsummer Night's Dream, you may enjoy the Gardens prior to the show.

What should I bring? (Shakespeare)

It is not essential to bring anything with you, but there are a few things that may make your visit more pleasant...

  • A raincoat in case of inclement weather. (Umbrella's cannot be used during the performance)
  • Something cosy for when the sun sets. Summer evenings in the Gardens can be cool.
  • A picnic blanket to sit on. We advise using one with a waterproof base in case of damp ground.
  • A portable camping chair if you prefer. Chairs over 15cm in height will be positioned to the back of the seating area so the view of other guests is not obstructed.
  • A picnic if you wish.

Are there chairs to sit on?

Chairs are not supplied either by the Production Company or Venue; however you are welcome to bring your own picnic chairs.

We recommend bringing a low-rise camping chair, no more than approximately 15cm elevated from the ground. However, if you wish to bring a standard height chair, we ask you sit towards the back or side so you do not obstruct the view of other patron’s. Staff on site will be able to assist you.

What if it has been raining and the ground is too wet to sit on?

If it's safe to do so, the show will go on! We hope that if it has been raining, you will still join us for some fun.

It it's a little muddy, we suggest bringing portable chair or blanket to sit on - one with a waterproof lining is ideal.

Guests are also encouraged to wear comfortable all weather clothing and shoes.

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