About us

"O gentlemen, the time of life is short! To spend that shortness basely were too long, If life did ride upon a dial's point, Still ending at the arrival of an hour."

~ Henry IV, Part 1: Act 5, Scene 2

Sun, sea, and Shakespeare...

...for over 20 years the Inn Theatre Company has been performing Shakespeare, for a week of summer evenings, in the dramatic open air setting of Dartmouth Castle.

We are constantly amazed by the number of talented people who get involved, bringing their enthusiasm to performing, helping backstage, or whatever support they want to give. We’ve discovered some phenomenally gifted people of all ages and we encourage and support youngsters to get involved, and develop their skills and enthusiasm for the theatre generally, and Shakespeare in particular. As well as our flagship productions at the castle, we also stage occasional productions at other times of year. We pride ourselves on being welcoming and inclusive and, while we work hard, there’s a lot of laughter and friendship too at rehearsals. We just love being part of all that.

“This is what we do. Theatre that not only entertains but has a heart.” ~ The Inn Theatre

‘What is past is prologue’

Back in 2002, a group of friends thought it would be a great idea to put on an open-air Shakespeare production, and Dartmouth Castle seemed to be the ideal setting.

Of course, one of the most important decisions that had to be made was: what would they call themselves? So they ordered another round of drinks at the bar of The Cherub Inn (you can see where this is going) and put their not inconsiderably endowed heads together. And so The Inn Theatre Company was born.

Here we are now

Many years and many productions on and The Inn Theatre family continues to grow and evolve. We have plenty of long-standing members, and welcome new people every year too. Different members of the group take on the directing, acting and backstage roles each year, many of them regulars. And although our main performances are in Dartmouth, our cast and crew are drawn from right across south Devon.

If you’d like to join the family, there are lots of ways you can get involved.