Read all-Bard it as Pendley gears up for double bill

William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare

All the world’s a stage, according to Shakespeare – but some spots are more associated with the Bard’s works than others.

Stratford is a given, the stunning recreation of the Globe in London is another – but so, in its way, is Tring’s Pendley Manor.

The annual open air Shakespeare festival has been a feature of the venue for 64 years now. The festival was established when Pendley was in private hands, but it is still lovingly cherished now it’s home to a leading hotel.

This year’s festival kicks off on Tuesday, August 6 with As You Like It, directed by Gemma Colclough. The play last featured at Pendley in 2007 and the pastoral comedy is ideally suited for a balmy summer night.

The second Shakespeare showcase is Love’s Labour’s Lost, another comedy and one of the Bard’s earlier works, with Peter Broad directing.

To find out more about the productions, booking tickets and how you can enjoy the grounds in the early evening before the performance, visit the website at or call 01442 820082.