Outdoor Theatre at Shaw’s Corner

Can there be anything more perfect than relaxing in a beautiful garden, a glass of something tempting in your hand on a lovely summer evening as you watch a play that sparkles with wit? Especially if that garden was the very place where that masterpiece was written?

Audience at an outdoor theatre event at Shaw's Corner, Hertfordshire.

Audience at an outdoor theatre event at Shaw’s Corner, Hertfordshire.

Here at Shaw’s Corner, we’re lucky enough to enjoy this perfection every year, as we host outdoor theatre productions of George Bernard Shaw’s inspiring, influential, thought provoking and hilarious plays.

But what do we do when it rains?

The show must go on!

The show must go on!

Of course, not every summer evening is bathed in sunshine. So what do we do when it rains? The show must go on of course! The umbrellas go up, for cast and audience alike – the weather might not be perfect, but the words still are! Playgoers are welcome to swap their tickets and come on a drier night, if they would prefer.

From a home to a theatre

Audience at an outdoor theatre event with the house in the background at Shaw's Corner, Hertfordshire.

Audience at an outdoor theatre event with the house in the background at Shaw’s Corner, Hertfordshire.

Our annual plays are a continuation of a long tradition that first began with members of the UK Shaw Society meeting in the garden here at Shaw’s Corner on Bernard Shaw’s birthday to celebrate his life and works. From these small beginnings, the plays have grown, as we welcome hundreds of enthusiastic playgoers, all armed with fabulous picnics. You can find more about the history of the plays at Shaw’s Corner in this fascinating article by leading Shaw scholar Richard Dietrich.

Michael Friend Productions

Michael Friend Production’s collaboration with Shaw’s Corner is now entering its 22nd year. The company, founded in 1992, tours the country and returns year on year to rapturous applause. Director and producer Michael Friend has built up a group of actors who understand and personify Shaw’s characters perfectly, bringing their passion and drive to life.

Audience watching the performance at an outdoor theatre event at Shaw's Corner, Hertfordshire.

Audience watching the performance at an outdoor theatre event at Shaw’s Corner, Hertfordshire.

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