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