No horses on Brownsea

BROWNSEA Open Air Theatre – BOAT – has chosen Shakespeare’s Richard III for its 2019 production, on the island in Poole Harbour from Wednesday 24th July to Friday 9th August.

The production, directed by Neil Mathieson, marks the 55th anniversary of the summer open air plays on the island, founded by Joyce Caton to mark the Shakespeare quatercentenary in 1964.

It’s the black comedy that follows the crook-backed king from his wheedling and conniving climb to power to his final defeat, when he famously offers his kingdom for a horse that will help him escape.

After a lengthy civil war between the royal families of York and Lancaster, England enjoys a period of peace under King Edward IV and the victorious Yorks. But Edward’s younger brother Richard resents Edward’s power and the happiness of those around him. Malicious, power-hungry and bitter about his physical deformity, Richard makes plans on the throne, even if it involves killing anyone in his way to what he thinks is his rightful crown.

BOAT performances are on alternate nights, to allow for inclement weather making difficulties for the harbour crossing from Poole Quay to the Island.

Tickets are still available for all six nights. For more details visit the website,