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

Once upon a time...

...2002, if we're being precise, a group of friends thought it would be a great idea to put on an open-air Shakespearean 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 (can you see where this is going?) and put their not inconsiderably endowed heads together.

Thus was born The Inn Theatre Company. Little did they know!

Many years and many productions on and Inn Theatre continues to grow and evolve. Have a look round and discover what we do, how we do it, where we do it, when we do it, why we do it, who we do it with and how you can do it with us. The whole story is here, as are the people who are the beating heart of the company.