We are very sorry to announce that this event has been postponed. Following government recommendations, and in response to increasing concerns relating to the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), we have made the difficult decision to close West Horsley Place to protect the health of our visitors, volunteers, community and staff. Please see our update for further information.

Here a message from our partners at Shakespeare's Globe: 

'We hope you understand it has been difficult for us to decide how to navigate our way forwards during this unprecedented time. It has been overwhelming to see all of your messages of support, and everyone here at the Globe is truly grateful to see all the love for our wooden O. Shakespeare's Globe has taken the difficult decision to close our doors to the public until further notice, ceasing performances, education activities and tours. As you can imagine this has been one of the hardest decisions we have had to make, but a necessary one as we consider the safety and wellbeing both of the public staff and volunteers.  Whilst our doors are closed. our hearts, minds and imaginations are very much open, and we are finding and creating ways to stay connected and hopeful with you. "

Shakespeare's Globe will be in contact with all ticket holders as soon as possible to facilitate refunds.

How did a company tour in Shakespeare’s day? We know that when the theatres closed, a small group of actors, juggling a variety of roles in three or four plays from their extensive repertoire, would leave London and head off on tour.

Following in the tradition of their resident playwright, Shakespeare’s Globe present a trio of plays exploring the city and the places beyond the city walls. The plays will be performed as a touring production would have been staged in the 17th century, with a stripped back set and a small, versatile troupe of actors. Taking on multiple roles across all three plays – A Midsummer Night’s Dream, As You Like It and The Tempest – the talented cast will unravel these tales of lovers, exiles, dreamers and wanderers.

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The Tempest

Inspired by reports of the first English colonies in the West Indies and imbued with a spirit of magic and the supernatural, The Tempest is Shakespeare’s late great masterpiece of forgiveness, generosity and enlightenment set on a remote and mysterious desert island, but with magic enchantments and treachery at every turn, will anyone ever make it off?


Brendan O’Hea, director and actor, has previously directed and performed in a number of productions at Shakespeare’s Globe. Directing credits include After Edward (2019) and Globe on Tour (2018 and 2019). Acting credits include Cymbeline (2015), Measure for Measure (2015), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2014).

Running Time

Approx. 2 hours, plus 20 minute interval

Important Information

The walled gardens will be open from 4pm, guests are welcome to bring a picnic and enjoy it in the orchard or formal gardens, before moving to the performance area in the Crinkle-Crankle Garden from 6.30pm. There will also be refreshments available to purchase on site.Picnic chairs and tables and umbrellas may be used during the picnic period, but may not be used in the performance area. 

Shakespeare's Globe will perform in the Crinkle-Crankle Garden. The Crinkle-Crankle Garden will open at 6.30pm.

All seating during the performance is to be on the grass: blankets, cushions or low back chairs only allowed in the Crinkle-Crankle Garden. Umbrellas are not allowed in the Crinkle-Crankle Garden. Guests should dress sensibly for any weather conditions and bring a torch.

Tours of the Manor House

Grade I listed West Horsley Place will be open for house tours to Globe ticket holders between 4-6pm. House tour tickets £8, under 18s free. Tickets can be bought on the day at the box office kiosk, which will open at 3.30pm. 

Weather Policy

Please note: The production will go ahead in all but the most extreme weather conditions (where it is deemed to be unsafe for the production to continue).

As weather conditions can change, and forecasts can be inaccurate, the decision to cancel a show will not be taken before the published start time of the show.

We ask that everyone comes prepared for all weather conditions. Refunds will only be offered if a show is cancelled.

Performances of Shakespeare’s Globe on tour will only be cancelled as a last resort if the weather means it’s unsafe for the actors to perform. This decision will be taken as soon as possible, but often only 30 to 45 minutes before the start of the show as we’ll do everything possible to ensure the performance goes ahead.

Access Information

Unfortunately, the first floor of the house is not accessible for wheelchair users. The ground floor has step free access. West Horsley Place has a gravel carriage sweep. Wheelchair users should be dropped off as close to the front door as possible. 

Access through the gardens is step free and to the lavatories is step free. Please advise West Horsley Place if you are a wheelchair user before the events date. A raised area of the garden has been reserved for wheelchair users to ensure a good view of the stage. 

Our car park is a 3 minute walk from the manor house and gardens. Guests who have restricted mobility may be dropped off in front of the manor house. 

As the play takes place in the garden, ground conditions are uneven.