The Festival Players Theatre Company is a professional theatre company based in Gloucestershire, delivering open-air Shakespeare productions around England and sometimes further afield. It was founded in 1986 by Trish Knight-Webb, delivering its first production, Romeo and Juliet, for the Three Choirs Festival. Trish directed and performed in most of the productions and was artistic director of the company until 2001. In 1996 the programme was expanded to include other productions such as Not in my Back Yard, The Canterbury Tales, The Importance of Being Earnest and, most recently, Lettice and Lovage, outside the main season. Michael Dyer took over from Trish as artistic director of the company in 2002. A change to the Festival Players set-up in 2014 saw the company touring as an all-male repertory company staging two shows featuring the same group of performers.