Weather

Every theatre performance is unique, but this is especially the case with The Lord Chamberlain’s Men as our performances take place in the open air where the stage and audience are entirely uncovered.

Sunny and clear or cool and overcast each performance and venue can be distinctly different as the weather plays its part. The point at which the sun sets and the moon and stars brighten and twinkle adds a thrilling extra dimension to the experience of witnessing one of our performances. Whilst sat at one of our stunning venues watching us perform it is thrilling to think that we are all underneath the same stars and moon as Shakespeare was when he first saw his plays performed. And, like him, even we cannot control the elements!

Some of our audience’s favourite memories have been of the sun breaking through the clouds during the show whilst some of the most electric performances happen in the wake of rainfall. It is best to come prepared for all types of weather; sun hats, sun cream, sunglasses, raincoats and rain hats should all be considered. We continue in all but the very worst weather. We may, on occasion, need to pause and re-start the production due to the weather but rain does NOT stop play with us!

On rare occasions, it will not be possible for us to complete the performance, but we will never cancel a performance before the advertised start time. This is because you would be amazed how often it can rain all day and then clear up just in time for the action to start and indeed, how localised bad weather can be. Also, we really don’t want to disappoint anyone – audiences or our actors (who are always keen to perform, if at all possible). Please note that, if the temperature during a performance exceeds 40 degrees, the performance will be abandoned, and the weather exchange policy will apply.

Tickets are non-refundable in the event of cancellation or abandonment of a show because of the weather but may be exchanged in accordance with our policy set out in section 3 of our Terms and Conditions.

When you’re ready to exchange, you can either:

(a) email the company at: info@tlcm.co.uk; or

(b) write to: Weather Exchange, The Lord Chamberlain’s Men Ltd, 13 Theodore Road, London, SE13 6HT

In all correspondence please state your original booking order number, name, address and preferred date you wish to exchange into.

A huge standing ovation after a rain-interrupted performance of Macbeth at Glastonbury Abbey in 2021

After heavy rain all day and into the evening the heavens cleared and everyone enjoyed the backdrop of a beautiful pink and orange cloud-dappled sky during our performance of The Comedy of Errors at Raglan Castle in 2017