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Our History

In 1964 the National Trust, who had recently become proud owners of Brownsea Island, decided to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the birth of Shakespeare in 1564 with an open air performance of one of his plays. Bournemouth Little Theatre Club was the obvious choice to take this on, and so it was that Joyce and Michael Caton lead an intrepid group of actors onto the island and Brownsea Open Air Theatre was born.
Over 50 years later and we have performed 28 different plays to around 4,000 people annually, and raised over £250k for the National Trust.

Past Productions

1964  -  The Tempest
1965  -  A Midsummer Night's Dream
1966  -  Twelfth Night
1967  -  As You Like It
1968  -  The Taming of The Shrew
1969  -  Romeo and Juliet
1970  -  The Merchant of Venice
1971  -  Henry V
1972  -  Much Ado About Nothing
1973  -  The Winter's Tale
1974  -  The Merry Wives of Windsor
1975  -  Twelfth Night
1976  -  Macbeth
1977  -  A Midsummer Night's Dream
1978  -  A Man for All Seasons
1979  -  The Merchant of Venice
1980  -  The Queen and the Welshman/The Tempest
1981  -  As You Like It
1982  -  Love's Labour's Lost
1983  -  Becket
1984  -  The Taming of The Shrew
1985  -  A Midsummer Night's Dream
1986  -  Twelfth Night
1987  -  The Comedy of Errors
1988  -  The Tempest
1989  -  The Merry Wives of Windsor
1990  -  Romeo and Juliet
1991  -  Much Ado About Nothing
1992  -  Othello
1993  -  The Merchant of Venice
1994  -  The Winter's Tale
1995  -  Richard III
1996  -  The Taming of The Shrew
1997  -  Macbeth
1998  -  As You Like It
1999  -  A Midsummer Night's Dream
2000  -  The Tempest
2001  -  Twelfth Night
2002  -  King Lear
2003  -  Romeo and Juliet
2004  -  Merry Wives of Windsor
2005  -  Measure for Measure
2006  -  Much Ado About Nothing
2007  -  All's Well that End's Well
2008  -  The Merchant of Venice
2009  -  Hamlet
2010  -  The Taming of the Shrew
2011  -  Julius Caesar
2012  -  Love's Labour's Lost
2013  -  A Midsummer Night's Dream/Pericles
2014  -  Henry IV
2015  -  The Tempest
2016  -  Two Gentleman of Verona
2017  -  As You Like It
2018  -  Titus Andronicus
2019  -  Richard III

Great venue and always a wonderful performance

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Brownsea Open Air Theatre always put on a great show