The Rococo Players were formed in 2003 to continue the fine tradition of presenting open-air Shakespeare productions at The Rococo Garden in Painswick, Gloucestershire, UK. The first production at this venue (presented by the Gloucestershire Drama Association) was in 1997 and others followed annually by kind permission of Lord and Lady Dickinson.
In 2015 The Rococo Players’ summer production moved to Hawkwood College in Stroud where the gardens provided a fine setting for three performances of The Importance of Being Earnest.
Although The Rococo Players have a hard core of enthusiasts who return to perform year after year, the freshness and vitality of the productions also relies upon ‘new blood’; new faces attracted to contributing to this outstanding event. The Players have also performed at many indoor venues including Berkeley Castle, Warwick Castle, Gloucester Cathedral and Oriel College, Oxford.