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Hurry last  performance! Saturday 15th March 2014 at 8pm – Don’t miss out!

This is the perfect summer family fare! Joyous and achingly funny.” The Herald

Highly entertaining…this production works like a charm” Sunday Age

This summer Glenn Elston presents an exciting new production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. What better way to celebrate our 25th anniversary of “Shakespeare Under The Stars”.  2667-Dream-25YearsTo bring you this brilliant new adaptation we have assembled a stellar cast featuring our ensemble playing the hilarious mechanicals joined by a dynamic young cast of lovers and a mercurial band of fairies. Fresh new music by Paul Norton will help surprise and delight as we take you on an unforgettable magical mystery tour.

Join us in the beautiful surrounds of Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens and be transported to the world of the woods beyond Athens, a place of tangled loves, mistaken identity, mischievous fairies, magic-potions and madcap fun!

Bring a rug, bring a picnic, bring your family and friends but most of all be prepared for a wonderful night under the stars enjoying the marvelous world of “The Dream”. Don’t miss this experience.

BOOKINGS:

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Enjoy a fun filled night under the stars in Melbourne's Beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens

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One performance only Friday 21 March 2014

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Gift vouchers and school groups call 1300 122 344
Cash only tickets can generally be purchased (subject to availability) at the on-site box office from 90 minutes prior to performance start time. CREDIT CARD AND EFTPOS FACILITIES ARE NOT AVAILABLE AT THE GATE

WHEN: 21 December 2013 – 15 March 2014

WHERE: Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne – Southern Cross Lawn
Enter Observatory Gate, opposite the Shrine of Remembrance , Birdwood Avenue , South Yarra Download map
Performance Schedule:

December 21 2013 to 1 February 2014
Tuesday to Sunday at 8.30pm
(no shows 24, 25 & 26 December then 26, 27, 28 & 29 January)
Gate opens from 7pm
February 6 2014 to February 8 2014
Thursday  to Saturday at 8pm
(no performances on  3 & 4 February)
Gate opens from 6.30pm
February 11 2014 to March 15 2014
Tuesday to Saturday at 8pm
Gate opens from 6.30pm

PRICES:

Adults $45.00
Concession* $40.00
Child (15 years and under) $25.00
Groups 10 + $40.00 – please call 03 8676 7511 for Group bookings
*concession = Full-time students, Aged Pensioners  and Concession Card Holders
** excludes Valentines Day Friday 14 February 2014

Adults $35.00
Concession* $30.00
Child (15 years and under) $25.00
Groups 10 + $30.00 - please call 03 8676 7511 for Group bookings
*concession = Full-time students, Aged Pensioners  and Concession Card Holders
** excludes Excludes New Years Eve Tuesday 31 December 2013
All tickets $65.00
The Australian Shakespeare Company offers generous concessions to secondary and tertiary  groups.
School Groups of 10 + $20.00 per student – a complimentary teacher ticket is given per 10 students booked.

Call 03 8676 7511 to make a booking or  for more information.

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ATTENDING SHAKESPEARE UNDER THE STARS FAQ

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How long does the performance go for?
The performance lasts for approximately two and a half hours including an interval.
When does the gate open each night
The site is open to ticket holders 90 minutes prior to the start of the performance.
Do I have to book or can I buy a ticket when I get there?
Advance booking is advised, especially for weekends and Valentine’s Day. However you can buy tickets on arrival( subject to availability) at the on-site box office from 1.5 hours prior to the start time
CASH ONLY NO CREDIT CARD OR EFTPOS FACILITIES AT THE GATE.
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Are babes in arms/children under 5 able to attend
Babes in arms and children under 5 years of age are admitted free of charge.  The show, however, is not recommended for children under 5 due to it’s length, time of performance and content.  Parents are responsible for the behavior of their children and you and your child may be asked to vacate the performance area should the your child’s behaviour impinge on the comfort and enjoyment of other patrons or disrupt the perfomance.
It's an outdoor event isn't it, are there chairs?
The performance is held outdoors in the beautiful environs of the Southern Cross Lawn in the Royal Botanic Gardens. It is a picnic style event so bring a blanket or cushions to sit on, or you are welcome to bring your own chairs. Low or standard height chairs are available to hire for $5 cash on arrival.
What else should we bring?
A picnic full of all the goodies you like to eat and drink. Warm clothes as sometimes it can get cool in the evening. And remember, please use rubbish bins provided or take your rubbish with you after the show.
Are food and drink available to purchase?
Yes, our cash only on-site bar offers hot chocolate, tea and coffee, soft drinks, water, beer, wine, spirits, snacks, chocolate, lollies, chips, etc.
How do we get there?
Public transport is advised as parking can sometimes be difficult to find or be a long walk from the gardens.
Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne – enter via the Observatory Gate on Birdwood Avenue, opposite the Shrine of Remembrance. See map
Driving:
Free and metered 2, 3 and 4 hour parking is available in surrounding streets.
Public transport:
Take the train to Flinders Street Station. Then take a tram (3, 5, 8, 16, 64 or 67) to the Domain Road Interchange. Walk towards the Shrine of Remembrance and on the other side of it you will see Birdwood Avenue and the Observatory Gate. The performance area is immediately on your left after entering.
Is the performance site accessible for those with mobility issues?
The performance site is accessible by paved footpaths, however there is a short grassy area to traverse to reach the audience area. Production staff are available to assist if required.
We can't go on the night we booked for, can I change my tickets to another date?
Yes, your tickets may be transferred to another session. Please call 1300 122 344 during business hours Monday to Friday or email your booking details to admin@shakespeareaustralia.com.au including your order number, booking name, number of tickets, mobile number, session booked for and preferred new session.
What happens if it rains?
Call 1300 122 344 for a weather update. Usually performances do proceed if there is only very light misty drizzle.

INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY: If the Australian Shakespeare Company cancels the performance due to inclement weather your tickets will be valid for another performance during the same production season (call 1300 122 344 to re-book). If it is not possible for you to attend another performance during the same production season we provide a credit note for the value of your tickets (not including any handling fees), valid for at least 12 months from your original performance date. A credit note will only be offered if the performance is cancelled. When a performance is cancelled in advance of the start time due to inclement weather, where possible and time permitting, we make every effort to inform ticket holders by SMS or telephone.

The long range forecast says the weather will be bad next week - are you cancelling the show?
Shakespeare under the Stars is an outdoor event and as such is subject to prevailing weather conditions.  Whilst forecasts are naturally used as a guide, the decision to cancel a show is made by production staff on site and ONLY on the day of performance.  Weather conditions in Melbourne can be very changeable and also very much localised.  The Australian Shakespeare Company is very mindful of the comfort and enjoyment of our patrons and we make every effort to not cancel performances unnecessarily.    There will be times, if weather conditions change unexpectedly, when shows are cancelled just prior to performance or at a time when it is not possible to contact everyone far enough in advance to  prevent unnecessary travel.  Please remember that we are always happy to exchange your tickets should you prefer to attend another date – but they must be exchanged in advance of your performance.  Tickets for past performances will NOT be exchanged under any circumstances.
As the event is outdoors can I bring my dog/pets to the show?
NO for the comfort and safety of all patrons and the actors no animals, other then bona fide guide dogs and assistance animals, are permitted into the performance area.  Please do not attempt to bring your pets as you will be refused entry and no refund or exchange will be provided..