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Highdown Gardens & Rainbow Shakespeare One of Sussex’s most magical, beautiful gardens and best-kept secrets, is now reopened after 2 years renovation and the creation of the new visitor’s centre, and plays host, once again, to Rainbow Shakespeare. Picnic under the stars with all the fun people of Worthing and its surrounds, and become part of what has become one of the great Sussex traditions. Sparkling professional actors will bring the plays alive in unforgettable productions of lively, spontaneous and non-stuffy Shakespeare that all ages can understand and enjoy.

Tickets can be booked via Worthing Theatres on 01903 206206 or online at

Tickets also available on the gate.


A Midsummer Night's Dream

Highdown Gardens, Worthing
Tuesday 9th July - Sunday 14th July 2024

“A dream of a comedy, Shakespeare and Rainbow Shakespeare: no one does it better!”

“O mummy, did that man Shakespeare write anymore plays like this?” 6 year old to mother, as they were leaving Rainbow’s last production of The Dream. Your first viewing or your thirty first, Shakespeare best comedy never fails to delight and intrigue, as, watching it, we continually discover new themes! The play draws audiences of all ages into its magic, fairies, lovers and buffoons. The Bard weaves its contrasting themes into a unique tapestry, where simple workmen attempt to create an epic drama to entertain the Duke and Court at their wedding celebrations, where young lovers attempt to elope through a Greek Forest, where the King and Queen of the Fairies are at daggers drawn, and the mischievous Puck creates bedlam and confuses everyone with his pranks. “Lord what Fools these Mortals Be!” For children, The Dream is an unforgettable introduction to Shakespeare and theatre, for others, it’s like meeting an old, loved friend!



Highdown Gardens, Worthing
Tuesday 16th July - Sunday 21st July 2024


“Jealousy destroys, Love builds afresh”

The moving fairy-tale and pastoral comedy that is The Winter’s Tale: a good King becomes a jealous tyrant accusing his loving wife of being unfaithful with his best friend. In his madness he orders his baby daughter to be abandoned on a desert isle, believing the child is not his own. Time passes and she is reared by shepherds and shepherdesses, and she falls in love with the son of his father’s best friend. Finally, the healing power of true love and loyal servants bring about a family reunion, including a miracle and act of forgiveness for the King’s redemption. An unforgettable play with tears of sorrow that turn into tears of joy!

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