Bard in the Yard is a project created by Will & Co.
Will & Co is a theatre company creating shows and workshops around the life, times and works of William Shakespeare.
We are based in London and tour internationally, and are by led Artistic Director Victoria Gartner.
Our work is poetic, poignant and provocative.
We believe that Shakespeare is where the common emotional heritage of humanity can be experienced.
And we want to bring you closer to it.
“Bard in the Yard is a simply wonderful project which brings Shakespeare to everyone, delivering humanity, connection and inspiration just when we need it the most. If you’re looking for an unforgettable theatrical experience, I highly recommend it.”
Dame Helen Mirren
Godmother of Bard in the Yard
Our fantastic actors all have their special take on the Bard, but one thing is for certain:
They will all entertain you in your yards!
They come to us from the National Theatre, the RSC, the BBC, The Hollow Crown, Outlander, Call the Midwife, Doctors, or Secret Cinema and they are spread all over the UK and Scotland. Our 2021 Bards are...
Adam Morgan | Alice Merivale | Alix Dunmore | Arron Greechan | Brigid Lohrey | Caroline Mathison | Christopher Commander | Hannah Young | Henry Charnock | Honey Gabriel | Jonathan Blakeley | Kate Roche | Kaya Bucholc | Kit McGuire | Luke Farrugia | Rosanna Turner | Rupert Sadler | Sulin Hasso | Will Harrison-Wallace
Meet the team
Writer & Director
Victoria Gartner is an award-nominated writer, director and teacher. Over the last ten years, she has written and directed work around Shakespeare’s life and times in the UK, Switzerland, Germany and the Netherlands. Victoria is the Artistic Director of Will & Co, which she founded in 2015. She is the writer and director of Bard in the Yard which is now performed all over the UK to great public and critical acclaim (The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Independent). Victoria has been teaching Shakespeare for many years, giving workshops in festivals and universities as well as at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and at East15 Acting School. She has an MA in English literature with a specialisation in Shakespearean studies as well as a degree in Dramaturgy and Directing.
Charlie is a producer from Cornwall. She started her theatre career as a performer. She created an online store, selling pieces of bespoke music and theatre art. She also won the Al Hodge award for Musical Excellence. Charlie joined Will & Co for their two week run at the Edinburgh Fringe, and performances at the George Inn, London in 2019 in which she performed the role of Olivia in Will, or Eight Lost Years of William Shakespeare's Life. Charlie has since worked as Executive Producer for Will & Co. Charlie co-created and launched Bard in the Yard, a one person socially distanced garden show, and is a 2020 recipient of the Stage One Bursary award.
PR & Education
Before working as an actor, Beatrice gained a BA International degree in English Literature and Language from the University of Leeds. For her third year, she studied American Literature and Drama in the US, whilst also working at Michael Howard Acting Studios in New York. She then went on to get a Masters in Acting from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Since graduating, her theatre credits have included performances at the Vaults Festival, Arcola Theatre and Barons Court Theatre. Beatrice performed the role of Olivia Burbage in Will & Co’s Offie-nominated production of Will at the Rose Playhouse and on their European tour.
Erin is a multiple disciplinary artist focusing on producing, directing and acting. Erin gained a first class honour degree in Performance from UWS and completed her diploma in Creative Producing with the Chris Grady Institute. She created and is the artistic director of Etcetera Theatre Company Scotland which was founded in 2019. She directed, co-wrote, and performed in their first performance and continues to compile work for the company. She has moved to Glasgow to immerse herself in the city’s diverse theatre scene and is passionate about creating new and exciting Scottish theatre.
Runa is a 23 year old director and actor working on her MFA in theatre directing at East 15 acting school. She is originally from Norway. She competed and participated in several local theatre festivals and events, from opera to kids theatre. At the Norwegian university of science and technology she achieved her Bachelors degree in drama and theatre. While she was studying she completed an internship working towards a comedy theatre for teens with and without disabilities and she also founded the theatre company “Dragvollrevyen” from scratch with fellow students.
Aaron Blackledge is a Lighting Designer, Technician, Producer and director and is currently studying an MFA in Directing for theatre at the East 15 acting school. Before this, he lived and worked in Wellington, New Zealand. Before leaving the country, Theatre New Zealand awarded Him The David Brockett Award for Backstage Achievement. Aaron directed the Wellington premiere of Bare: A Pop Opera in 2019 for Stagecraft Theatre, which received multiple sell-out shows, high praise from audiences and two awards at the Wellington district theatre federation "Antoinettes".
Bard in The Yard is a project launched as a response to the closure of theatres due to the Covid-19 pandemic in Spring 2020. We desperately wanted to reconnect you, the audience, with the joys of live theatre while waiting for our beloved institutions to reopen properly. We also wanted to keep the show going for us, the artists, as our industry faces this unprecedented crisis.
Last summer, we are proud to have delighted you! And we cannot wait to see you again
in your yards, in schools, in care homes, pubs, clubs, outdoor theatres, on jetties, in cathedrals... All the world's our stage, really.
This year, we are back with actors all over the UK and Scotland, all ready to deliver one of our solo shows to you! Our cast is composed of seasoned outdoor performers with a particular talent for Shakespeare, who have credits from the RSC, the National Theatre, the BBC and more.