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The Lord Chamberlain’s Men present – A Midsummer Nights Dream


  • Date:
  • 11 August, 2019
  • Time:
  • 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    • Venue
    • The Elephant Dell
  • Cost:
  • Adults £16
    Child £10 (5-15 years)


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11 August, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The Lord Chamberlain’s Men, the UK’s premier all male theatre company, invite you to join them this summer to celebrate their 15th year with Shakespeare’s enchanting comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

“Lord, what fools these mortals be!”

To honour Duke Theseus’ wedding, a group of rustic artisans, and would-be thespians, rehearse a play. Meanwhile, feuding lovers flee the city and seek solace in an enchanted forest alive with warring fairies and the meddling sprite Puck. As the clash between the fairy king and queen, Oberon and Titania, catches everyone in its cross-fire, confusion abounds and makes asses of them all.

“The course of true love never did run smooth.”

This supernatural comedy of mischievous fairies, confused lovers and rude mechanicals is an intoxicating tale of clarity found from chaos as angled love gives way to happily ever afters. Bring a chair and a picnic, and enjoy a glorious summer’s evening watching one of Shakespeare’s best-loved comedies. Performed in the open air, by an all male cast with Elizabethan costumes, music and dance. This is undoubtedly one of the hottest tickets of the summer; book early to avoid missing out!
Authenticity | Excellence | Magic

A brief plot synopsis…

Lovers at war flee to an enchanted forest alive with meddling fairies and sprites. Hoping for their true loves’ course to be set straight, instead they become further entangled and confused as they are caught in the cross fire of a fairy king and queen at odds. Meanwhile a bumbling group of artisans prepare a play to be presented as part of the Duke’s wedding celebration


The performance will start at 4pm, attendees can enter the event site at 3pm in order to pick their viewing spot, there is no reserved seating.

Advanced ticket holders will be able to enter the Park in their vehicles via Station Lodge (AL9 5AE) from 3pm on Sunday 11th August in order to park closer to the event site. Station Lodge usually acts as just a pedestrian entrance for the Estate, but for this performance it will be accepting vehicles. This event parking will be on grass.

Anyone with advanced tickets wishing to spend the day here and therefore arriving before 3pm will be directed to park in our normal visitor car park (AL9 5HX) and walk to the event site which is approximately a 15 minute walk. Alternatively vehicles can drive round entering via Station Lodge after 3pm to park closer to the event site.

Drop off and Disabled Parking is available closer to the event site, however, there is still a very short walk over the grass from here.

All parking is free of charge. Please click here to view details on how to find us


For ticket enquiries please contact 01707 287010


The Elephant Dell is located in a naturally shaped grass bowl in the grounds of Hatfield House. This location is about a 2 or 3 minute walk across grass, from the car park accessed through Station Lodge. You are welcome to bring along low back picnic chairs, blankets and a picnic to enjoy. This is an outdoor theatre, in the open air, there is no shelter provided.

The nearest toilets are located in Stable Yard which is a 5 to 10 minute walk from the Elephant Dell. Please click here to view our Estate & Facilities map


The performance will go ahead come rain or shine, be prepared for the British summer, whether that means hats and sun cream or umbrellas and raincoats!


Unfortunately with the exception of assistance dogs, dogs will not be permitted into the event site.

For further information please visit www.tlcm.co.uk

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