Ilkley Manor House is the perfect place to hold your performance.

Bard in the Yard

27th Aug 2023 - 28th Aug 2023
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

If tickets for the seated area of the Manor House Courtyard are sold out you can still watch the performance from Castle Yard.

Please be aware that Castle Yard is a public highway and although we have done our utmost to prevent vehicle movements during the performance this cannot be guaranteed.

Saturday, 26 August 2023, 7:30pm, Wildman Studio, Ilkley Playhouse

Sunday. 27 August 2023, 2:00pm, Ilkley Manor House courtyard

Monday, 28 August 2023, 2:00pm, Ilkley Manor House courtyard

In 2020, Bard in the Yard consisted of a selection of Shakespearian monologues. In 2021 it was half-hour versions of Macbeth and Twelfth Night. In 2022 it was a half-hour version of “Romeo and Juliet” plus half an hour of Shakespearian duologues. All were extremely well received and well attended. (and amazingly – DRY!) This year it will be a half-hour “Hamlet” directed by Dick Hebbert and a half-hour “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” directed by Andrew Leggott.

HAMLET – Dick Hebbert writes:

“There’s something rotten in the state of Denmark…Hamlet seeks to avenge the murder of his father at the hands of his uncle, who, having killed Hamlet’s father has married Hamlet’s mother.  In this half hour version, one of Shakespeare’s most well-known plays there’s a ghost, murder most foul, poison, plots, sword fights, a play-within-a-play, graveyards, a skull, two minor characters who later became stars in their own play and more quotable lines than you’ll find in the Oxford Book of English Verse.

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM – Andrew Leggott writes:

There’s also a play-within-a-play in this, Shakespeare’s best-loved comedy, as an ill-assorted bunch of rowdy workers aspire to thespian heights, impeded by the King and Queen of the fairies and their followers, led by the mischievous sprite, Puck. Oh, and a certain ass’s head plays a part too. No lovers in this production, to leave more room for the shenanigans of the fairies and mechanicals!

There will be a short interval between the performances in the Manor House courtyard.

Tickets for Ilkley Playhouse

For tickets for the Saturday evening performance in the Wildman Theatre, please visit the Ilkley Playhouse website.

Tickets for Ilkley Manor House

If you’re looking for the outdoor events in the Manor House courtyard on Sunday and  Monday tickets may be bought online via Eventbrite  or in person through the Box Office when the house is open. Tickets may also be available on the day but are subject to availability.

Sunday. 27 August 2023, 2:00pm, Ilkley Manor House courtyard

Monday, 28 August 2023, 2:00pm, Ilkley Manor House courtyard

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