6pm (doors open 5pm)
Sunday 3rd July |


Open-Air Theatre: Illyria present A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Illyria present A Midsummer Night's Dream, Grappenhall Heys Walled Garden, Sun, 6pm, £20

This event is very popular, please book early to avoid disappointment!
“Top notch outdoor theatre” The Telegraph

Illyria the acclaimed professional theatre company is returning to the Festival, as the Grappenhall Heys Walled Gardens will once more host open air theatre at its best. Bring your own picnic, seating and enjoy one of Shakespeare’s classics!

Mid summer night drama on a mid summer night!

Five couples – three human, one fairy, and one mythical – find their relationships sorely tested, intimately probed and indecently exposed when a troupe of amateur theatricals bumble into the forest to rehearse a play.

Shakespeare’s timeless comic masterpiece explores every colour in the spectrum of love, from arranged marriage to elopement, from infatuation to hatred, from chivalric devotion to raw sex.  Add to this bawdy mix a heady brew of confusion, magic and mischief, and you have the most perfectly frothy comedy for a moonlit summer evening.

6pm, doors open at 5pm.


Bring your own seating and a picnic. This event is not suitable for children under 10.

Early booking for this event is highly recommended. Please book on this page or at the Festival Box Office open 10am to 2pm outside M&S in the Forge Shopping Centre Friday and Saturday only.

Here’s how to find Grappenhall Walled Garden, WA4 3EA.