Summer 2022 Tour

Following the huge success of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, plans are underway for Summer 2022.

We look forward to seeing you then and to stay up to date with ELSF, please follow us on social media or join our mailing list.

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BYO Picnics welcome: gates open an hour before the show, so bring a picnic, soak up the atmosphere

For younger members of the audience (3+), you can also take part in a pre-show ‘flower-fairy’ headband making workshops run by cast members. This is at a small additional charge to show tickets so please add a separate workshop ticket when booking,


(Previews) Higham Hill Hub, 01 – 04 July

Lloyd Park, 08 – 11 July

Jubilee Park Leyton, 15 – 18 July

Wanstead Park, 31 July - 01 August

This is outdoor Shakespeare with a twist: combining the wonderful storytelling of the Bard with a flavour of East London culture. Pure, unadulterated escapism, with live music, showstopper numbers in lovely outdoor settings.


Evening Performances, Thursday - Saturday 7:30PM

Matinee Performances, Saturday & Sunday 3PM

Audiences are welcome to arrive 60 minutes beforehand to enjoy a picnic and soak up the atmosphere


We have limited seating availble: these will be reserved for those that require them (e.g. senior citizens / those with a disability) and/or on a first come first served basis. Please email us to indicate you will need a chair/s and we will reserve one for you (while still available).

Email: [email protected]

For other audiences it is 'Bring Your Own Seating' - you are welcome to bring picnic blankets/cushions (to sit on the floor) or outdoor seating/camping chairs.

All Weather Policy

We will not cancel a show due to rain!

As we know with the Great British summer, the 'rain can raineth every day' but whether it's tempests, or summers honey breath is on our side, the show must go on!

Be sure to bring a brolly and some cosy, waterproof clothes... or some suncream if you're feeling lucky!

If it rains but the show runs, we cannot offer refunds, however you can use your ticket on another day (subject to availability).

If it really is King Lear style storms, we will cancel the show. Patrons will be notified as soon as possible and a full refund/exchange issued.

Covid-19 Guidelines

  • ELSF will update Covid-19 Procedures as the guidance is updated. Procedures below are based on current advice; ticketholders will be notified of updates for June performances.

East London Shakespeare Festival has completed a Risk Assessment to reduce the risk of transmission of Covid-19. This is available on request.

All employees & audiences must adhere to current government guidelines relating to Covid-19, and follow any other guidance provided by East London Shakespeare Festival or the venue.

· Employees & audience members with symptoms of COVID-19, or who have been advised to self-isolate following contact with someone with symptoms of COVID-19, should not to attend.

Managing Risk

· All our performance venues are outdoors

· Hand sanitiser available

· Face Masks required at ticket desk and bar

· Pre-book online only (Paperless, and allowing for track & trace)

· Local venues with patrons & performers encouraged to walk/cycle and avoid public transport

· All Performers, Creative Team & volunteers required to take daily Rapid Flow Tests during rehearsals & performance period

· We would strongly encourage all audience members to take a Rapid Flow Test prior to attending the performance

Managing Capacity

· Ticket Allocation has been reduced to allow for social distancing between groups

· 60-minute Arrival time to allow for staggered audience arrival

· One-way flow through performance space

· Clear signage and volunteer ushers to oversee seating audience & ensure social distancing

· Extended aisle to allow social distancing between performers and audience (extended for singing sections)

Additional Procedures

· East London Shakespeare Festival has provided a PPE kit for actors to include hand sanitiser, spare face masks and tissues.

· Costumes cleaned regularly

· Avoid sharing of props/instruments/costumes etc

· Actors responsible for cleaning their own props/instruments