Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate.
As Shakespeare said himself, summertime is a lovely season, bringing sunshine, warmer weather and also the reopening of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon.
From 13th July, the RSC will be running Phillip Breen’s production of Comedy of Errors, described as ‘a fairytale farce of everyday’, until 26th September in the newly built Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Garden Theatre.
To help you have the best open-air theatre experience possible, we’ve gathered our top tips for planning your visit including where to park, what to bring and where to stay.
1. Before you arrive: Dress to impress in the outdoors
Whether you choose to book the matinee or evening performance of Comedy of Errors, you’ll want to make sure you’re dressed for a classic British summer. And this often means several seasons in one day!
Despite warm afternoons, evenings can dip in temperature so it’s best to wear appropriate clothes and pack a warm accessory such as a scarf that could also double as a blanket. It’s also worth noting that The Garden Theatre does not have a roof and performances will only be cancelled if there are any safety concerns. So if rain is forecast it’s worth packing a raincoat – although biodegradable ponchos will be available to buy on arrival at the theatre.
2. What to bring: Take only the essentials
There is no need to pack any chairs or rugs to watch this performance. The Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Garden Theatre is built in the Swan Gardens, with safe seating for up to 500 people all offering great views of the stage.
However as the cloakroom will be closed, it’s advised to keep any personal items to a minimum if possible. Refreshments are available at the theatre, or why not arrange a picnic to take with you from The Arden Hotel if you’re staying with us?
3. Post performance: Keep the fun going with a luxury hotel break
Why not really make the most of your visit to the historic Stratford-upon-Avon with an overnight stay? Our elegant boutique hotel is located directly opposite the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and the Riven Avon offering a perfect base to explore, dine and unwind.
With our exclusive outdoor theatre breaks, available from July 21st, you can enjoy two tickets to a matinee or evening performance of Comedy of Errors along with an overnight stay in one of our Classic Rooms.
Also included in our break, is either a delicious two-course dinner at Arden Hotel in our award-winning 2 AA Rosette restaurant No.44 Brasserie or a scrumptious picnic box to take with you to the performance. All our picnic boxes come with 1/4 bottle of wine or Prosecco per person, you’ll just need to choose whether to enjoy Cheese & Biscuits, Ploughman’s or a vegetarian Mezze Platter.
After the magic of the outdoor theatre, experience a relaxing night’s sleep before a delicious full English Breakfast the next morning. With prices from £280 per room, per night call our team on 01789 298682 or book this fantastic offer online.
An error-free break perfect for the Comedy of Errors in Stratford
From choosing what to wear to knowing what to pack and where to park, we hope these tips will help you prepare and enjoy the performance of Comedy of Errors at The Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Garden Theatre.
We look forward to welcoming you at The Arden Hotel very soon.