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‘Shakespeare always seems to have something to say to us’ Nelson Mandela 

Shakespeare in the Squares is a new, not-for-profit touring theatre company that will stage a Shakespeare play in London garden squares for one night in each venue every summer. The productions are tailored to the individual garden squares, and we work with the garden committees and other local organisations to create a unique community celebration around the play. Our aim is to provide a showcase for talented young theatre practitioners and we intend to introduce our audiences to the stars of the future. We pay the actors Equity recommended rates and the productions will be innovative, exciting and of the highest professional standard. Productions are funded through a combination of ticket sales, grants and sponsorship from local businesses and organisations . 

Our first production in Summer 2016 was Much Ado About Nothing. (see Much Ado About Nothing) This was performed to sell-out audiences in 9 squares and was well received as a charming production in the beautiful setting of some of London's most beautiful garden squares. 

In Summer 2017, we performed Romeo and Juliet in 14 stunning squares and gardens with audiences of between 2-300 every night. Time Out described the production as having "a fun vibe and clear unpretentious storytelling." The Stage gave us four stars: "delightful open air Shakespeare. Realistic fights and exuberant music."

2018's production will be announced later this year.

Dame Judi Dench, CH, DBE, FRSA, Patron of Shakespeare in the Squares says:

When I first heard about Shakespeare in the Squares, my instant reaction was, ‘That is a marvellous idea; why hasn’t anyone done it before?’ To take William Shakespeare, whose timeless plays always have something important to say about the human condition, into idyllic gardens and other iconic spaces, offers a great opportunity to engage new and non-traditional audiences of all ages. It also provides talented young practitioners with a showcase to display their skills at an early stage in their careers, and the Company’s aim to do this is to be hugely welcomed. I am delighted to support this imaginative and ambitious initiative and hope that it will quickly spread far-and-wide.
Photo by: Sarah Dunn, www.sarahdunn.com                                 

Shakespeare in the Squares was founded by Sue Fletcher and Martin Neild.

Sue Fletcher had a forty-year career in book publishing, including as co-founder of Headline and Deputy MD of Hodder & Stoughton. She has an MA in Theatre and Performance from Queen Mary, University of London, and in 2011 was one of the judges for the Olivier Awards. She goes to the theatre three or four times a week and remains captivated by the magic of live performance.

Martin Neild has worked in publishing for over 30 years. He worked for Macmillan in Australia, Africa and London and then became Managing Director and Chief Executive of Hodder & Stoughton Publishers in 1993. He continues to work for the Hachette Publishing Group as a consultant and also runs his own coaching, training and mentoring company. He is Chair of the Chipping Norton Literary Festival and a trustee of the Michael Cuddigan Trust which gives grants to young composers. He too is a regular and passionate theatregoer.

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