Brownsea Open Air Theatre has been performing plays every year since 1964 and we see no reason to stop now. The current situation means we can't bring you Romeo and Juliet on the island, so we've decided to bring Shakespeare direct to your home for free (return boat fare not included!).

We are currently filming a range of short excerpts for our YouTube channel under the title "BOAT at Home Season 2 - Shakespeare Shorts". You can look forward to scenes from Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet, Hamlet, As You Like It, Richard III and The Tempest, filmed in original and creative ways by past and present BOAT members. The next installment is on Saturday 12 September with scenes from Shakespeare's darkest of trsgedies, Macbeth, and there will be a new scene every two weeks until the end of November. 

You can also watch clips from some of our past shows including our 50th anniversary productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream and Pericles, and last year's magnificent Richard III.  So stay safe, settle down with a picnic and enjoy some outdoor theatre indoors.

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Support BOAT in 2020

Like most theatre companies at the moment, BOAT has no income. Unlike most theatre companies, we only stage one show a year which means we will have no income for the next 12 months or more. As a charity we rely on income from ticket sales to keep afloat and maintain the high production values you've come to expect.

We would be very grateful if you would consider making a donation to BOAT this year to help us weather the storm. Any amount, however small, would be most gratefully accepted.

You can also help BOAT by using Easyfundraising and AmazonSmile and nominating Brownsea Open Air Theatre as your chosen charity. Then every time you shop online we get a donation - at no cost to you!


BOAT 2021

Don't forget we will return next year with our highly anticipated new production of Romeo and Juliet. Tickets on sale from 1st February 2021

Romeo and Juliet 2021