Bard in the Yard

Theatre Shakespeare Churchyard
  • Venue

    Cathedral Churchyard

  • Time

    4:00 PM

  • Price

    £8.00 - £10.00 + booking fee

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Southwark Cathedral are delighted to host Bard in the Yard, a new play by Will & Co theatre company

"William Shakespeare, aka "The Bard", is stuck in London during the plague quarantine of 1605. Quite literally stuck. While everyone's expecting him to write a masterpiece, he's spending his time baking sourdough bread and reading up on Ben Jonson's latest run around the Tower.

Fasten your face masks as the Bard takes you on a roller-coaster ride through his classics and uses you, the audience, to help rekindle the fire of his Muse!".

Will & Co

Bard in the Yard is project launched by Will & Co as a response to the closure of theatres due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Will & Co want to reconnect you, the audience with the joys of theatre while waiting for these institutions to reopen properly. They want to keep the show going as this industry faces this unprecedented crisis. Southwark Cathedral fully endorse this project and wish to thank those who book a ticket for supporting theatre and the arts.

Southwark Cathedral and Shakespeare

Look at the First Folio edition of Shakespeare's works and you will see a list of actors before the title. Half of those names appear in the registers of St Saviour's (now Southwark Cathedral): a baptism, a marriage, a burial. Philip Henslowe owner of the nearby Rose Theatre and actor Edward Alleyn were Vestrymen at this church, dramatists Phillip Massinger and John Fletcher, the latter collaborating with Shakespeare on Henry VII are both buried on this holy site.

Medieval poet John Gower, the father of English poetry is also buried here, his tale of Pericles inspired Shakespeare's play and Gower in it as Prologue. And on a cold winter's morning in 1607 as a young actor Edmond Shakespeare was laid to rest, at his funeral were his fellow actors and his elder brother William. Unusually the burial took place in the morning as the actors had to perform in the afternoon.

Important Information

  • This performance is 45 minutes long and will take place outside in the Cathedral Churchyard.
  • There will be no seating apart from some benches and a low wall.
  • No refreshments will be sold at this event.
  • Please note that the Cathedral closes at 3pm so if you wish to visit the Cathedral you must arrive no later than 2.30pm.
  • To enable us to adhere by Government guidelines tickets will not be available on the door, you must buy a ticket beforehand.
  • This is a one actor show and the actor will be operating within their local area, thus avoiding public transport where possible.
  • All members of the audience as well as our Bard are required to adhere to the required minimum of 1+ metre social distancing policy at all times. The Bard is an experienced professional actor, and will endeavour to be much further away from you most of the time, as they can project their voice.
  • We encourage you to adhere to all Government policies: wash your hands thoroughly before and after the performance, and please wear a face covering if you wish to do so.