Outdoor Theatre at Shaw's Corner

See a play at the home of the playwright

Our Outdoor Theatre productions always draw a crowd © NTPL

Our Outdoor Theatre productions always draw a crowd

Every year in June and July Shaw's Corner turns into a theatre as it hosts productions of two plays by George Bernard Shaw in the gardens. The house becomes the backdrop, the terrace the stage, and the lawn a natural auditorium. 2015's two productions are 'Mrs Warren's Profession' 26 - 28 June and 'John Bull's Other Island' 24 - 26 July. You can book your tickets now!

Mrs Warren's Profession 26 - 28 June

The terrace becomes the stage, as the audience watch Professor Higgins.

The terrace becomes the stage, as the audience watch Professor Higgins.

Come and enjoy the provocation and scandal of one of George Bernard Shaw's most challenging plays in the peace and tranquility of his gardens, here at Ayot St Lawrence. Bring a picnic, bring some friends and discover why this play remains a powerfully relevant classic.

A home, a theatre and a history

There's a long and rich history behind the Outdoor Theatre at Shaw's Corner, from the early beginnings as celebrations of Shaw's birthday, to today's performances by Michael Friend Productions.

John Bull's Other Island 24 - 26 July

Outdoor Theatre at Shaw's Corner

Outdoor Theatre at Shaw's Corner

The only one of Shaw's plays to take place in his native Ireland, John Bull's Other Island, is also one of his most hilarious and philosophical. You'll enjoy it as much as Edward VII did in 1904 - bring a sturdy chair!

Picture gallery

From Eliza Doolittle in a beautiful white ball gown, to a fleeing Serbian soldier: from the cat entering stage left to costumes hanging in the kitchen, we've always got our camera ready at the plays!

Heartbreak House Review

July 2014 saw a thrilling production of Shaw's masterpiece Heartbreak House here at Shaw's Corner. Like all our productions it met with rave reviews from those who saw it. Will you be here in 2015?

Audience comments from 'The Philanderer'

  • "Please tell the director and cast that the play was the best thing I've seen in ages"
  • "Worth coming from Australia for!"
  • "A really magical evening"
  • "I've never seen Shaw before - he's so modern, so relevant!"
  • "Worth sitting in the rain for!"

What happens when it rains?!

Our smiling audience are enjoying the play just as much in the rain!

One of the most common questions is what happens if the weather is less than perfect. The answer is - the brollies go up, the show goes on and everyone enjoys it just as much!