5 Best Things about Shakespeare at Knowsley Hall

The Lord Chamberlain's Men are returning to us this summer for another outstanding outdoor theatre performance!

This summer, the grounds of Knowsley Hall will host The Lord Chamberlain’s Men as they perform Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ out in the open air. Tickets are now available for this one-off performance on Thursday 8th August 2019.


So without further ado, here are 5 elements of the evening we’re most excited for!

The beautiful backdrop

As you turn the corner into your venue for the evening, cast your eyes on the beautiful Knowsley Hall, an authentic stately home dating back to 1495 which is home to The Earl & Countess of Derby. With all our Shakespearian connections, there couldn’t be a more fitting venue for this thrilling tale. As the sun sets across the Hall’s gardens, you’ll be transported into a different time.

Authentic Shakespeare

The Lord Chamberlain’s Men pride themselves on their authenticity! Their excellent performance is delivered by an all male cast, in the open air, paying homage to how Shakespeare’s plays would have originally been performed. Come and be enchanted by their exciting performance, thrilled by the beautiful Elizabethan costumes and delighted by this captivating story – A Midsummer Night’s Dream!

An outdoor experience to remember

There’s nothing better than sitting out in your garden on a summers evening. Except maybe sitting in our garden with a picnic and play! Here in the private grounds of Knowsley Hall we invite you to bring a picnic! Bring camping chairs, a good picnic blanket, some of your favourite treats, and even a spot of bubbly to make this a truly special evening!

Exclusive access

As Knowsley Hall is home to The Earl & Countess of Derby and an exclusive event venue, we are excited for this rare occasion when we open our doors to the public. For all the love and attention that goes into creating this beautiful venue, it’s great to show it off to you all. So, come along to this exclusive night and feel like a VIP!

Family Connections

During the late 16th century, Prescot town had the only purpose-built indoor Elizabethan theatre outside the capital.   We are delighted The Shakespeare North Playhouse, a £24million replica Jacobean theatre inspired by the Bard is currently being constructed in Prescot in Knowsley.  The company are thought to have travelled to Knowsley Hall to perform when the London theatres were closed because of the plague.

The 5th Earl of Derby maintained a company of actors, one of whom was William Shakespeare. The 6th Earl continued the family’s patronage of Shakespeare and `A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ was first performed at his wedding to Elizabeth de Vere in front of Queen Elizabeth I.  We are thrilled to have this wonderful play performed with us again over 400 years later!


William Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

Knowsley Hall

 8th August 2019 7.30pm

Adults £15 | Children £10



Our Awards

Knowsley Hall are proud to have received several prestigious awards.

  • Visit England Breakfast Award