“The Bards Best Bits -with witty twists” – THE AGE

“Opportunities to see comedy of this calibre are all to few and
far between”  – THEATRE ALIVE


It’s silly, it’s slick, it’s chaotic, it’s clever. It’s full of surprises, misunderstandings, blunders and comic wit – it cracks open Shakespeare and infuses it with wildly exciting scenarios. It’s wickedly entertaining and it’s part of the 2014 Melbourne International Comedy Festival

This summer Glenn Elston’s brilliantly funny new adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream will have you in stitches! This will be your most enjoyable and cheerful night out for the holidays as the splendor of Shakespeare Under The Stars comes to life with this inventive and groundbreaking comedy.

The central comical characters from A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Mechanicals) are the funniest group of characters that Shakespeare ever invented. In  A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Behind the Scenes they take you on a journey of how they arrived at performing Pyramus & Thisby for the Duke’s wedding. They take us on a roller coaster ride of side-splitting ideas as they explore the ‘other’ plays they could possibly perform for the Duke. Yes, the Mechanicals have discovered Shakespeare’s canon of work and are performing famous scenes from famous plays and sometimes their version of the whole play.

Which one will they decide to present for the Duke?

Directed and adapted by Glenn Elston and starring Kevin Hopkins, Simon Mallory,  Anthony Rive, Hugh Sexton, Syd Brisbane and Ross Williams.


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Double over in tears of laughter under the stars in Melbourne's Beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens

Please note; A $7.70 transaction fee applies to all booking

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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: 27 March – 20 April 2014

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

Thursday 27 March – Saturday 28 March2014 at 7.30pm
Sunday 29 March  2014 at 6.30pm

Thursday 3 April  – Saturday  5 April 2014 at 7.30pm
Sunday 6 April  2014 at 6.30pm

Thursday 10 April – Saturday  12 April 2014 at 7.30pm
Sunday 13 April 2014 at 6.30pm

Thursday 17 April – Saturday 19 April 2014 at 7.30pm
Sunday 20 April   2014 at 6.30pm

Gate opens  1 hour prior to performance

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
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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Prebook Italian Dinner Packs to complete your night

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The performance lasts for approximately two and a half hours including an interval.
The site is open to ticket holders 90 minutes prior to the start of the performance.
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
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.
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.
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.
Yes, our cash only on-site bar offers hot chocolate, tea and coffee, soft drinks, water, beer, wine, spirits, snacks, chocolate, lollies, chips, etc.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.

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.
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..