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Rainbow Shakespeare – The Winter’s Tale (16th to 21st July 2024)

Rainbow Shakespeare at Worthing’s Magical Highdown Gardens

Rainbow Shakespeare Theatre logo (200px)The Winter’s Tale
Tuesday 16th to Sunday 21st July 2024
Directed by Nick Young (RSC & Connaught Theatre)

What could be more magical and essentially English, than watching an exciting, funny and understandable Shakespeare play in the open-air, whilst relaxing with a picnic and a drink.

Rainbow Shakespeare has been providing just that opportunity for the past twenty five years and have built themselves an enviable reputation with their ensemble company of lively professional actors who create the unique atmosphere that is Rainbow Shakespeare, sharing and drawing their audience into the enchantment of live theatre and the Bard at his best.

The Winter’s Tale

“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 her 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!

“Rainbow Shakespeare do a superb job of entertaining the audience!”
(The Argus, Brighton) ★★★★★


  • Evenings at 7:30pm (gates open at 6pm)
  • Saturday and Sunday Matinees at 2pm (gates open at 12:30pm)


  • Tickets: from Worthing Theatres or at the gate
  • Adults £23 (£42 both shows)
  • Children £12 (£20 both shows)
  • Family of Four £60 (£110 both shows)

Tickets can be purchased in advance through Worthing Theatre’s box office on 01903 206 206 or via their website:

Book tickets for Rainbow Shakespeare’s – The Winter’s Tale

See also: Rainbow Shakespeare – A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Rainbow Shakespeare - The Winter's Tale (banner)

Useful information:

Important booking information:

  • Advance tickets through WTM are available to purchase up until 6pm the day before a performance.
  • At the weekend, performances for Saturday and Sunday come off sale at 6pm the preceding Friday evening.
  • On the day of a performance tickets may then be purchased (cash only) at the gate at Highdown Gardens from 90 minutes before each show (subject to availability).


  • The company will perform in light to moderate rain but if the weather is severe then a performance may have to be cancelled.
  • For days when there is any doubt as to whether a performance will go ahead due to bad weather.
  • For the most up to date information customers are advised to check Rainbow Shakespeare’s Facebook page and/or Rainbow Shakespeare’s website.
  • Or at 6pm customers should ring this number: 07973 984175
  • If a performance is cancelled customers can either exchange tickets for another performance or get a refund.

Additional information:

  • Location: All performances are at Highdown Gardens, Worthing, BN12 6FB
    • Evening performances: Gates open at 6pm
    • Matinee performances: Gates open at 12:30pm
    • Highdown Gardens is located off the A259 headed East between East Preston and Goring roundabouts.
  • Seating: Please bring camping/garden chairs or rugs to sit on (If you want to be at the front) as there is no seating up at Highdown Gardens.
  • Access: Theatrical events at Highdown Gardens take place on the lower lawns and access is via the south gates located from the road below the hotel. Audience members will be required to use the top car park and make their way down the hill on the road to the entrance, a distance of about 200m. Members of the public with mobility issues can be dropped off by the entrance at the south gate before the car continues onto the car park. Please be advised anyone in a wheelchair will need to have an able-bodied carer with them.