june, 2018

28jun(jun 28)6:30 pm(jun 28)6:30 pmGarden Theatre - The Tempest

Event Details

Join us on the Sunken Lawn of Knebworth House on Thursday 28th June 2018 for an Open-Air performance of Shakespeare’s spellbinding masterpiece, The Tempest. The UK’s premier open-air touring theatre company, The Lord Chamberlain’s Men, will perform this enchanting fast-paced production authentically, as an all-male cast, with Elizabethan costume, music and dance.


Gates open 6:30, performance starts 7:30

Runs for approximately 2 hours including a 15 minute interval

Tickets must be pre-booked. Prices: £16 Adult, £10 Child, £50 Family (4 people)

Recommended age: Adult and older children (14+)

Please note: as this is an out of hours event the House, Park, Gardens, Adventure Playground and Dinosaur Trail will be closed.



This play of soaring poetry, high comedy and tender love, Shakespeare’s late, great gem, examines the power of true love, our capacity for vengeance and what it takes to forgive.

12 years ago, Prospero, Duke of Milan, usurped and exiled by his brother washes up on a distant and mystical island with his baby daughter, Miranda. A place where his magical powers reign supreme and the only inhabitants of the island, the sprite Ariel and brutish Caliban, answer his every command. In this strange new kingdom, he is left to brood.

Now his enemies, his brother Antonio, who supplanted him as Duke, and Alonso, King of Naples, whilst sailing home are blown, by fortune, off course towards him. Prospero raises a tempestuous storm that shipwrecks them. Scattered across the island the boat’s passengers are tested and tormented as they are magically drawn towards their fate. Left to plot his revenge for years Prospero finally has the chance to exact it. But will he? This play of soaring poetry, high comedy and tender love, Shakespeare’s late, great gem, examines the power of true love, our capacity for vengeance and what it takes to forgive.


Additional Information

“Be not afeared; the isle is full of noises, Sounds, and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not.”

  • Outdoor Venue
    Knebworth House is set within 250 acres of beautiful Hertfordshire countryside parkland with 28-acres of delightful Formal Gardens. The internationally recognised stately home dates back to 1490 and has been home to the Lytton family for 19 generations.
  • What to bring
    Please bring your own low-backed seating or rugs. Picnics are encouraged but not BBQs. The performance will take place whatever the weather and so sunhats, sun cream, sunglasses, raincoats and rain hats should all be considered.








(Images taken from performances by Illyria, returning on 9th August with Dr Dolittle).


Lord Chamberlain’s Men Outdoor Theatre Company

“We are such stuff as dreams are made on”

Founded in 2004 and named after Shakespeare’s original troupe of travelling players, The Lord Chamberlain’s Men

The Lord Chamberlain’s Men brings its unique blend of all male Shakespearean entertainment to only the most beautiful and historic open air venues, where the audiences can sit under the stars, sip a glass of wine and enjoy a picnic while being enthralled in true Elizabethan fashion.

The actor-musicians of the company follow the same principles that Shakespeare himself championed: clear, bold and dynamic storytelling in the open air, seasoned with a healthy dose of music, songs and comedy combine to make a Lord Chamberlain’s Men production the perfect way to spend a summer’s evening.

Now in its fourteenth year, the Lord Chamberlain’s Men has gone from strength to strength, and continues to enhance its reputation as the UK’s most popular outdoor touring Shakespeare company.


(Thursday) 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Buy Tickets