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A Midsummer Night's Dream - Shakespeare at Windsor Castle

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Windsor Castle, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 1NJ
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There is no visitor car parking at the Castle, so we recommend you use public car parks in the town centre. Details about parking can be found on

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The nearest stations are 'Windsor & Eton Central' or 'Windsor & Eton Riverside'.  Visit National Rail Enquiries for times and fares.

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Green Line 702 service operates daily services from Greenline Coach Station which is near Victoria station, London.

Surbiton Coaches runs a shuttle bus service between Windsor Castle and Hampton Court Palace from spring to autumn. 

Tour companies operate excursions to Windsor Castle from many London hotels. For details, please ask your hotel concierge.

  • Windsor Castle
  • Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday (Thursday, 18 Aug 2016 - Saturday, 27 Aug 2016)
  • 18:30 - 20:00

The beautiful and enchanting setting of the Moat Garden, open for six nights only by special permission of Her Majesty The Queen, will bring to life the magic and intrigue of this popular Shakespeare play, created especially for families to enjoy.

Using movement and music, Watch Your Head’s modern and immersive version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream will captivate all the family.

Eight actors and musicians will perform a condensed version of Shakespeare’s original text, transforming the Moat Garden into a world of ethereal Kings and Queens, star crossed lovers and one Bottom with an Ass’s head!

Bring a rug or cushions to sit on, and watch the performance unfold around you. Performances take place over six evenings: Thursday, 18 to Saturday, 20 August and Thursday, 25 to Saturday, 27 August 2016.

A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream ©

Important Information

Tickets for this exclusive event are for the production only, and do not include any access to the Castle itself. The performance will take place at 18:30, after the Castle is closed to usual visitors.
The performance will take place in the Moat Garden of the Castle, and admission will be as usual via the Admission Centre. Performances will last approximately one and a half hours. There will not be an interval, but there will be a short pause towards the end of the play. This is an outdoor event and we invite guests to bring a suitable blanket and cushion to enjoy the performance. We kindly ask that you do not bring picnics or folding chairs that could affect view and the enjoyment of other guests.

If a show is cancelled or abandoned because of the weather, you will be entitled to exchange your ticket to another performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream, subject to availability. If there is no longer availability or you are unable to attend another performance you will be entitled to a refund.

Please note that regrettably the Moat Garden is not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs.

Guests should arrive at the Admission Centre no later than 18:15 to allow time to go through security. Guests will be escorted together from the Admission Centre to the Moat Garden 

Unfortunately, due to the unique location of the performance, it may not be possible to accommodate latecomers.

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Shakespeare in the Royal Library

Drawing from the wealth of Shakespeareana in the Royal Library this exhibiton will examine aspects of the playwright's life, work and influence, and celebrate his longstanding connection with Windsor and the royal court

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