Cambridge Shakespeare Festival '18 part 2

The annual feast of Shakespeare at the colleges continues

Sinking into a velvet lawn, glass of wine in hand, might well be the perfect way to enjoy theatre – which would explain the enduring popularity of the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival, which is still going strong after more than 30 years. The event, which runs throughout July and August each year, makes the gorgeous gardens of Cambridge University’s colleges a stage, serving up a programme of eight plays in total, all performed in splendid Elizabethan costume.

This month heralds the arrival of the second part of the line-up, and will see the famous gardens of King’s College transformed into the mythical Illyria for Twelfth Night, running 30 July to 25 August. Wild mishaps abound in The Comedy of Errors, 1 to 18 August at St John’s College Garden, while Pericles, with all its stormy, startling drama, descends on Robinson College 20 July until 25 August.

Finally, in the breathtakingly beautiful gardens of Trinity College, observe Macbeth’s descent into the abyss from 30 July to 18 August. Tickets to all performances are £17 for adults and £13 for concessions.