Sun & Moon Theatre

About the Company

“Sun & Moon Theatre’s work is marked with emotional intelligence and passionate intensity. I can’t wait to see what happens next”
“Shakespeare at its best. I highly recommend you catch this dynamic theatre company, whether you are a fan of Shakespeare or not … you soon will be!”
“So accessible and relevant to all!”

Based in the South West, Sun & Moon Theatre specialise in Shakespeare, intensive solo work, ensemble practice and working with Quarto and First Folio scripts as a springboard to our actors’ development. We produce indoor productions, open-air productions, workshops and one-to-one sessions.

Current tour – Much Ado About Nothing

Saturday 4th June – Poltimore House and Grounds, Poltimore: 12.30pm & 3.30pm
Wednesday 8th June – Hartland Abbey, Bideford (Plough Arts): 7pm
Thursday 9th June – Castle Hill Gardens, Great Torrington (Plough Arts): 7pm
Friday 10th June – Little Pig Farm Shop and Café, Bude (North Coast Arts): 6.30pm
Saturday 11th June – Lapford Mill, Crediton (Plough Arts): 7pm
Saturday 18th June – Sterts Open Air Theatre, Liskeard: 7.30pm
Friday 24th June – The Gateway Theatre, Seaton: 7.30pm
Saturday 25th June – St Day Old Church, Redruth: 7.30pm
Sunday 26th June – Penlee Park Open Air Theatre, Penzance: 7.30pm
Friday 8th July – The Walronds, Cullompton: 7pm
• Saturday 9th July – Mevagissey Jubilee Hall, Mevagissey: 7pm (Call 01726 983903)
Saturday 16th July – Willow Globe, Llandrindod Wells: 7.30pm
• Sunday 17th July – Eastville Park Swimming Pool, Bristol (Bristol Shakespeare Festival)
Friday 22nd July – Reforge Retreat, Black Torrington: 7pm
Saturday 23rd July – Cardinham Woods Café Garden, Bodmin (IntoBodmin): 7pm
Friday 29th July-Saturday 30th July – Rougemont Gardens, Exeter (Exeter Phoenix): 7pm (Friday) & 2pm and 7pm (Saturday)
Friday 19th August – St Austell Arts Centre, St Austell: 7.30pm
Saturday 20th August – Windmill Hill City Farm, Bristol (Bristol Shakespeare Festival): 7pm
Sunday 21st August – Windmill Hill City Farm, Bristol (Bristol Shakespeare Festival): 2pm
Saturday 27th August – Clayton Villa, Great Coxwell, Oxfordshire (Boxed Up Events): 6pm

Our company ethos is:

– Making Shakespeare for all

– Breaking down barriers that put audiences (young and old) off Shakespeare

– Making Shakespeare’s works relevant and accessible by creating detailed theatrical concepts

– Exploring and playing with text and asking ‘Why this play now?’

– Embracing the actor-audience relationship and adapting to a range of audiences and spaces

– Embracing the significance of process as well as performance, valuing our ensemble and the collaborative nature of rehearsal

– Entertaining and inviting the audience to share in brilliant stories, text and characters that have stood the test of time

Previous productions and work:

Our previous productions and projects, both indoor and open-air, include Swindlers, Follies and Schemers (2011), Let’s Misbehave: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2013), Twelfth Night (2013), The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (with Brite Theater) (2014), Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off: Much Ado About Nothing (2014), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2014), The Sun and the Moon (2015), The Tempest (2015), The Two Gentlemen of Verona (2016), Shakespeare by the Quay (2017), Twelfth Night (or What You Will) (2017-18), All the World’s a Stage (2018-19), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2019) our Austen Readathon digital series (2020), and As You Like It (2018 and revived in 2021),

Artistic Directors and Actor Managers: Melissa Niamh Barrett & David Johnson

We are the Artistic Directors of Sun & Moon Theatre. We take an Actor Manager approach to running the company, in which we direct, produce and also perform in our projects and productions. We trained with the Year Out Drama Company in Stratford-upon-Avon from 2008-2009, in which we received training in Voice, Acting, Song, Dance, Text and Physicality from resident and visiting practitioners, including Royal Shakespeare Company and West End practitioners. We both studied at the University of Exeter; David studied Drama, while Melissa read English and gained a Master of Fine Art degree in Theatre Practice: Staging Shakespeare, which included residencies at Shakespeare’s Globe. When we graduated, we wanted to carry on creating our own theatrical work, making Sun & Moon Theatre our official venture.

Support: While we do not have a funding page, if you wish to make a donation to our company, please email

“A speaker is but a prater, a Rhyme is but a Ballad; a good Leg will fall, a straight Back will stoop, a black Beard will turn white, a curl’d Pate will grow bald, a fair Face will wither, a full Eye will wax hollow: but a good Heart … is the Sun and the Moon” Henry V (First Folio)