Open Air Shakespeare

Shakespeare at the Italian GardensEODS produce an annual summer open air Shakespeare production. The production runs over 11 days (with a break on the middle Sunday) around the last week of July and the first week of August at Eastbourne's stunning Italian Gardens. 

Whilst on site we build an entire open air theatre including large hospitality marquee, cast marquee and 3 x audience seating marquees which are open at the front and arranged in a "U" shape to provide a centre playing area and allowing the cast to address the entire audience. 

In addition this magical open air theatrical experience we also provide house lighting throughout the site, professional theatrical lighting rig on aluminium trussing, on-site toilets, tea, coffee, beer, wine, cold soft drinks and around 10-20 of our world(!) famous homemade cakes!

The performance typically starts at around 7.30PM with the first half in the glowing summer evening sun, setting by the interval and leaving the stage to come to life under the stage lighting for the second act. A truly magical experience which sells out annually and is not to be missed!

2018 production - "A Midsummer Night's Dream"

We completed a very successful run of "The Comedy of Errors" in August 2017 and plans are underway for our summer 2018 production, "A Midsummer Night's Dream" which will be performed at the Italian Gardens. 

First meeting for the production has been arranged for Sunday 7th January at 1PM at the EODS Centre (96 Seaside, Eastbourne) and a familiarsation session is to be held on 22nd March followed by auditions on Sunday 25th March

Anyone interested in taking part in the production are welcome to come along to the first meeting & familiarisation session. 

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