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Summer in the Courtyard: Bard in the Yard

27th Aug 2022 - 29th Aug 2022
2:00 pm - 3:30 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, 27 August 2022, 7:30pm, Wildman Studio, Ilkley Playhouse

Sunday. 28 August 2022, 2:00pm, Ilkley Manor House courtyard

Monday, 29 August 2022, 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. Both were extremely well received and well attended. This year it will be a half-hour version of “Romeo and Juliet” directed by Dick Hebbert plus half an hour of 6-8 Shakespearian duologues directed by Andrew Leggott.

Performances will be at 7-30 in the Wildman Studio at Ilkley Playhouse on Saturday 27th August and at 2-00 pm in the open air at the Manor House Yard on Sunday 28th and Monday 29th August (Bank Holiday)


These will be significant duologues from various Shakespeare plays, each about five minutes in length. We shall do 6-8 of these, to make up about 30 minutes. The context of each will be explained to the audience in advance, so they can sample a variety of the Bard’s great works. 


Dick Hebbert, the Director, writes:

“On a late summer’s day Ilkley Playhouse brings a pair of star-crossed lovers to the Manor House Yard in a half hour version of one of Shakespeare’s most famous and most loved plays.

Loving both unwisely and too well, Romeo and Juliet’s impossible dream bestrides the implacable enmity of their families across the Yorkshire flagstones. Sword play, potions, poison, tombs at the dead of night.  It’s not going to end well… ”

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

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.

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