Open air Shakespeare coming to the Royal Albion Hotel in Broadstairs

Changeling tour with Shakespeare with Sheps (photo from 2023)

Brewer Shepherd Neame is joining forces for a second year with Kent theatre company, Changeling, to stage open air theatre at two of its pubs this summer – including the Royal Albion Hotel in Broadstairs.

Shakespeare With Sheps will have Changeling Theatre perform Shakespeare’s Henry V  on Wednesday, July 3, at 7pm, at The Royal Albion Hotel. There will also be a performance at The New Flying Horse in Wye.

Changeling Theatre has staged Shakespeare’s most popular plays in locations ranging from castles to gardens and beaches for more than 20 years.

Henry V is arguably Shakespeare’s most famous and popular ‘war play’ and is based on the events of the Hundred Years’ War. It is also not without comedy, and in typical Shakespeare style, the leading characters are ruthlessly mocked by the underclass throughout.

Directed by Rob Forknall and with the same creative team from last year’s Love’s Labour’s Lost, the production will take its design cues from the game of chess and promises to be full of action and intrigue.

Royal Albion Hotel. Picture: Countrywide Photographic

Shepherd Neame’s Chief Executive, Jonathan Neame, said: “We are delighted to be able to announce that this exciting partnership is returning for a second year, bringing live theatre to two of our pub’s open spaces this summer.

“The New Flying Horse and The Royal Albion Hotel are both fantastic locations in which to enjoy the show. The Changeling Theatre is well known for its fun and creative shows and we can’t wait to add the performances to what we already offer our customers this summer.”

Artistic director of the Changeling Theatre, Rob Forknall, said: “Henry V is popular with audiences and our production promises to be entertaining, challenging and with some Changeling humour thrown in for good measure.”

Tickets cost £25 for adults, £15 for children between 10 and 18 with under 10s free.

Food will be available to order but must be pre-ordered at both venues. Drinks can be ordered and consumed throughout.

The Royal Albion Hotel can be found at 6-12 Albion Street, Broadstairs. To find out more and book tickets go to