Poole

Our History

One of the biggest theatrical projects in the south, the annual production is set on The National Trust's Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour, Dorset. These beautiful surroundings make for a wonderful show, and a fantastic evening of traditional Shakespeare.





Since 1964 BOAT has involved over 1,450 volunteers, entertained 10’s of thousands of people and raised about  £235,000 for the National Trust.

However, there is more to the B.O.A.T experience than just the performance. The short ferry journey from Poole Harbour really sets up the evening, and sailing back to shore at night under the stars is memorable. Patrons often go to the island using their ticket from 5:00pm and explore the island or picnic. The ticket is fully inclusive, so you don't need to pay anything else to enjoy this unique experience.

A project that takes many months to prepare each year, it is an experience that cast, crew and audience remember for a long time and relish to come back each year.

BOAT is a registered charity (no. 278003) which raises funds primarily for the National Trust and the Dorset Wildlife Trust. The company is professionally run, but all those involved with BOAT, whether onstage, backstage or front-of-house are unpaid volunteers.

Past Productions

1964   -   The Tempest
1965   -   A Midsummer Night's Dream
1966   -   Twelfth Night
1967   -   As You Like It
1968   -   The Taming of The Shrew
1969   -   Romeo and Juliet
1970   -   The Merchant of Venice
1971   -   Henry V
1972   -   Much Ado About Nothing
1973   -   The Winter's Tale
1974   -   The Merry Wives of Windsor
1975   -   Twelfth Night
1976   -   Macbeth
1977   -   A Midsummer Night's Dream
1978   -   A Man for All Seasons
1979   -   The Merchant of Venice
1980   -   The Queen and the Welshman & The Tempest
1981   -   As You Like It
1982   -   Love's Labour's Lost
1983   -   Becket
1984   -   The Taming of The Shrew
1985   -   A Midsummer Night's Dream
1986   -   Twelfth Night
1987   -   The Comedy of Errors
1988   -   The Tempest
1989   -   The Merry Wives of Windsor
1990   -   Romeo and Juliet
1991   -   Much Ado About Nothing
1992   -   Othello
1993   -   The Merchant of Venice
1994   -   The Winter's Tale
1995   -   Richard III
1996   -  The Taming of The Shrew
1997   -   Macbeth
1998   -   As You Like It
1999   -   A Midsummer Night's Dream
2000   -   The Tempest
2001   -   Twelfth Night
2002   -   King Lear
2003   -   Romeo and Juliet
2004   -   Merry Wives of Windsor
2005   -   Measure for Measure
2006   -   Much Ado About Nothing

2007   -   All's Well that End's Well
2008   -   The Merchant of Venice
2009   -   Hamlet
2010   -   The Taming of the Shrew
2011   -   Julius Caesar
2012   -   Love's Labour's Lost
2013   -   A Midsummer Night's Dream & Pericles
2014   -   Henry IV
2015   -   The Tempest
2016   -   Two Gentleman of Verona
2017   -   As You Like It