Brownsea Open Air Theatre has been performing plays every year since 1964 and when theatres closed in 2020 we saw no reason to stop. The situation meant we couldn't bring you a live show on the island, so we decided to bring Shakespeare direct to your home for free (return boat fare not included!).

In 2021 we produced a range of short films for our YouTube channel under the title "BOAT at Home Season 2 - Shakespeare Shorts". We have scenes from Twelfth Night, 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. Our last instalment was Hamlet, a high tech ghost story filmed under lockdown conditions and using some very clever technology to add a high-tech 21st century spin.

On our YouTube channel 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 2019's magnificent Richard III, as well as behind the scenes videos and other footage.  So stay safe, settle down with a picnic and enjoy some outdoor theatre indoors. 


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Support BOAT

Like most theatre companies, BOAT had no income during the covid pandemic. 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 to help us weather the storm. Any amount, however small, would be most gratefully accepted.

You can also help BOAT by using Easyfundraising 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!

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