Round up your friends, pack up a picnic and head to the Royal Botanic Gardens this summer for a hilarious evening of Shakespeare Under The Stars. This year, you’ll be treated to one of the Bard’s classic shows, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This dazzling adaptation will take you on a hilarious ride through a world of Lovers, Fairies and Fools. Sprawl out on Southern Cross Lawn and enjoy the show from December 16 to February 11.
Shakespeare Under The Stars
The Australian Shakespeare Company has delighted audiences with Shakespeare Under The Stars since 1987. Return to this glorious open-air theatre for a summer night of comedy and enchantment. Watch fairies meddle in the lives of mortals, leading to love triangles, transformations and hilarious consequences.
“We’ve reimagined A Midsummer Night’s Dream in a way that makes it even more accessible and in step with todays world,” said Glenn Elston OAM, Artistic Director of The Australian Shakespeare Company. “It is a wonderful experience to enjoy art and nature together under the stars, bonding with the performers as we all experience the same open air conditions and go on the adventure with the characters in a more immersive style without the restrictions of a normal theatre.”
At this outdoor show, you’re encouraged to pack your own picnic, or take advantage of the on-site bar and catering.
General Admission ticket holders are invited to bring a picnic rug, cushion or little chair to sit on, to help keep you comfortable on the grass. Depending on the size of your chair, you may have to sit at the back as a courtesy to those sitting on blankets. As this is an outdoor event, consider bringing a hat, blanket, sunscreen, water bottle or jacket to help keep you comfortable.
If you upgrade to an A Reserve ticket, you will be given a souvenir programme and seated on a personalised low rise chair in the Premium Reserved seating area. You will also receive a complementary red, white or sparkling wine to enjoy during the performance. You will also receive a complimentary tea, coffee or hot chocolate to keep warm during the interval.