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PREVIEWS 07-09 June at Higham Hill Hub, E17

15-16 June at Leyton Jubilee Park, E10

20-21 June at Hoxton Community Gardens, N1

22-23 June at AppleCart Arts, Plashet Park, E7

27-30 June at Fellowship Square, E17

05-07 July at Highams Park, IG8

10-11 July at Lauderdale House, N6

12th July at Forest Gate Community Gardens, E7

13-14 July at Crystal Palace Park Concert Platform, SE19

18-21 July at Clissold Park, N16

25-26 July at Valentines Park, IG1

27-28 July at Springfield Park, E5

31st July at Langthorne Park Amphitheatre, E11

3rd August at Wanstead Park, E11

The East London Shakespeare Festival (ELSF) merges the contemporary culture of East London with the inspirational storytelling of Shakespeare’s plays in outdoor parks and community spaces across East London.


ELSF launched in 2021 with a magical, riotous, sold-out production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, receiving an Off West End Award Nomination for Best Company, an 80's inspired Twelfth Night in 2022 and another Off West End Award Nomination for Best Company Ensemble for Romeo & Juliet in 2023.


Much Ado About Nothing - Summer 2024 Tour

East London Shakespeare Festival returns with sparkling rom-com Much Ado About Nothing, with ELSF’s trademark contemporary twists and turns, high-energy party numbers and audience participation. FAMILY FRIENDLY!


This is not traditional outdoor Shakespeare – it is performed in non-theatrical community spaces, with community at its heart, seeking inspiration from the diverse cultures of East London.


ELSF aims to bring communities together in a joyful way, giving some much-needed cultural respite in ‘safe’ outdoor settings. With lots of participatory opportunities for local communities to get involved in.


A festival vibe will be encouraged with gates opening an hour before the show, so bring a picnic and why not sign up for a mask-making workshop run one of our in-house-party-goers (actors) - make your own mask and be part of the masked ball!


The production will feature a community ensemble of local residents at our Waltham Forest & Newham venues.


There are Pay-What-You-Can performances & heavily reduced school matinees for local Waltham Forest & Newham Schools with a 20-minute pre-show workshop.

Parental Guidance - the play features kissing.


The show is directed by Rosie Ward.

The producers - and co-directors of the East London Shakespeare Festival – are: Ursula Early & Rosie Ward

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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 craft workshops run by cast members. This is at a small additional charge to show tickets so please add a separate workshop ticket when booking,


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 7:30PM*

Matinee Performances: 3PM

(Check timings, some early performances 7pm)


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



We have limited seating available: 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).


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.

Concessions include: Under 16s, Unemployed, Students with an NUS card • People with a disability, full-time students, senior citizens, people with registered disabilities, and Unison Members. ‘Theatre Union’ concessions include Equity, BECTU, Stage Management Association, SDUK & Writers Guild. All concessions are subject to availability and you may be asked for proof.

Family Ticket for: 2 adults + 2 under 16s (babes in arms go free) OR 1 adult + 3 under 16s


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.


I'm afraid dogs are not permitted at performances.

Covid-19 Guidelines


  • ELSF will follow and update Covid-19 Procedures as per government guidance.



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

· 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 regular Rapid Flow Tests during rehearsals & performance period

© East London Shakespeare Company Ltd, Registered in England, Company No 064-961760

East London based theatre company

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