Welcome to the Hillbark Players website
"Bringing open-air Shakespeare to the Wirral"

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In September 2020, the Hillbark Players committee selected the play which should follow their production of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’  in 2019 and are proud to announce that the play will be William Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’, to be directed by Martin Riley, who has already brought us ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ (2015) and ‘Shakespeare in War and Peace’ (2018).

Inevitably, the decision has also been taken that in the light of the current health crisis and the associated restrictions, the play will be produced in the summer of 2022, rather than adhering to our usual biennial tradition.

We look forward to seeing you in 2022 when we can all meet together and enjoy the Bard’s powerful tale of love, treachery, freedom, magic and redemption.

“…O brave new world that has such people in’t.”


To view photographs from Hillbark Players sensational 2019 production of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' click on the poster below and re-live some of the great moments from that production.

In 2015 Hillbark Players were named by the Liverpool Echo on The Wirral Bucket List - one of 75 things to do before you die!!!

45. Watch open air Shakespeare in Royden Park with the Hillbark Players

Hillbark Players are the longest-established open-air Shakespeare company in the North West and their performances are a summer treat for
Shakespeare lovers.




Who are we?

Hillbark Players is the leading presenter of open-air Shakespeare in the North West. The Company was founded in 1964 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth and apart from a short break in the early 1970's, Hillbark Players has presented a production every other year since.

2019 was our 27th major production.

Our major productions are always presented in a traditional way and the best local talent is sought, both to perform and to provide technical support.  A purpose-built 510 seat theatre is created in Royden Park, Frankby - a public park just outside West Kirby on the Wirral. Theatre quality lighting is installed and all seats are under cover - it is only the actors who get wet - occasionally!  

On alternate years we sometimes present a smaller scale revue-style production where the audience need to bring a seat, a picnic and maybe an umbrella.

The most frequently used adjective to describe the full Hillbark experience is 'magical' and in June 2019 we were delighted to share this magic with you once again.

Keep watching the website for details of future productions.

An aerial view of our arena - taken in June 2019

An aerial view of our arena, showing Hillbark Hotel
            in the background - taken in June 2019


Past Productions

2019 - A Midsummer Night's Dream

2018 - Shakespeare at War and Peace

2017 - Hamlet

2016 - Shakespeare's Midsummer Madness

2015 - Much Ado About Nothing

2013 - The Merchant of Venice

2012 - From Shakespeare With Love

2011 - The Merry Wives of Windsor

2010 - The Shakespeare Revue

2009 - Macbeth

2007 - As You Like It

2005 - The Taming of the Shrew

2003 - The Comedy of Errors

2001 - A Midsummer Night's Dream

1998 - The Winter's Tale

1996 - Twelfth Night

1994 - Romeo and Juliet

1992 - The Merry Wives of Windsor

1990 - Much Ado About Nothing

1988 - The Tempest

1986 - The Merchant of Venice

1984 - Love's Labours Lost

1982 - As You Like It

1980 - Two Gentlemen of Verona

1978 - A Midsummer Night's Dream

1976 - The Comedy of Errors

1968 - Twelfth Night

1967 - The Merry Wives of Windsor

1966 - The Taming of the Shrew

1965 - Romeo and Juliet

1964 - Much Ado About Nothing

1960 - A Midsummer Night's Dream
- from the forerunners of Hillbark Players

1956 - Henry V
- from the forerunners of Hillbark Players