20 December 2019 to 9 February 2020

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Melbourne Gardens

Southern Cross Lawn - Observatory Gate

About the show

Free for you to enjoy, the Royal Botanic Garden is the jewel in Melbourne’s crown. So why not arrive early and take a walk through this majestical paradise and fall in love with its stunning natural beauty.

 

Then unpack the picnic and as the sun goes down, pop the cork, settle back and be transported by the excitement of this magnificent story considered to be one of the most timeless treasures ever written.

 

Hamlet is full of surprises. The perfect balance of thrilling drama and revealing comedy. The most insightful and accurate portrait of human nature, it is packed with multiple dilemmas taking gripping turns and breath-taking twists as it travels its relentless course to the truth. All the while being fuelled by a virtuosic display of verbal conjuring. The Bard at his best.

Picnic Theatre

Our performances of Hamlet are presented in “picnic theatre” style. This means, you sit on the grass or on a picnic blanket during the show.

You are very welcome to bring a hamper of all your favourite goodies.

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Tickets and Venue

Performance Dates

Friday, 20 Dec 2019 to Friday, 31 Jan 2020, 8:30pm

Saturday, 1 Feb 2020 to Sunday, 9 Feb 2020, 8pm

 

Performance Run Time:

2.5 Hours (with 20 minute Interval)

Ticket Prices

General Admission

Adult $45 – $55
Pensioner $45 – $50
30 & Under $40 – $48
High School Student $25
Group Price (10 or more adults) $40 – $45

Gold Class Experience
All Tickets $90 – $110

 

More information can found on ticket types here!

Production contains stage combat & amplified sound

 

Gold Class Package

On arrival at the venue, you’ll be shown to the Premium Reserved seating area. Relax in a low rise chair on a picnic rug under the stars. Enjoy a pre-show beverage (wine, soft drink or water) and read your souvenir programme. At the interval, you’ll be able to enjoy a complimentary tea or coffee.

 

Weather

 

If you are unsure of weather conditions, you can check the Bureau of Meteorology radar here.

 

Usually, performances proceed if there is light, misty drizzle. However, from time to time, it will be necessary to cancel a performance.

 

To make contact for an update on cancelling shows due to adverse weather conditions, please contact us via email. If a performance is to be cancelled, patrons will be notified via text message and email and will receive credit with ASC.

Getting here and getting around

Southern Cross Lawn

Observatory Gate
Royal Botanic Gardens, Victoria (Melbourne)
Birdwood Avenue
South Yarra VIC 3141

 

Southern Cross Lawn is opposite the Shrine of Remembrance, next to the gardens visitor centre & Observatory Gate

 

Box Office opens 90 Minutes before the performance. 

 

What to bring:

It’s up to you! Pack a picnic, bring a blanket, cushions, or seat to sit on (or have your dinner delivered and get everything you need on site).

 

 

Need more help?

Check out our FAQ

Accessibility

 

ASC are here to help you and make the most out of your experience with us, so please let us know your individual requirements when booking. You can contact us on 03 8676 7511 (Melbourne) or 02 9011 7704 (Sydney). For Adelaide, please call our Melbourne office or send an email to admin@shakespeareaustralia.com.au

 

As our performances take place outside we do not have hearing assistance. Only trained service animals will be permitted on site.

Please be advised:

Smoking is not permitted within the performance & seating area. 

Your Visit

You are very welcome to bring a hamper of all your favourite goodies. BYO alcohol is permitted, in-line with the requirements of the responsible service of alcohol.

 

What’s available for you:

A delicious menu to order your dinner from – order early online or when you arrive. At the bar we have beer, wine, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, choc tops, lovely lollies, chocolates and chips. Chairs – low or garden style are available for hire on site ($5).

 

Please remember to pick up all your rubbish and use the bins provided.

 

Our productions take place outdoors and there is no cover. Please consider bringing a hat, coat, blanket, sunscreen and a water bottle when attending. (Please note that umbrellas cannot be raised during performance times). 

 

Dressing up is optional and encouraged for all our shows!

 

Further information

Pre-Order Food Menu

Accessibility
Food & Drink
Gold Class Packages

Cast

ANDRE DE VANNY

Hamlet

ALISON WHYTE

Gertrude

PETER HOUGHTON

Claudius

EMILY GODDARD

Ophelia

BRIAN LIPSON

Polonius

ANDREW COSHAN

Laertes

MATTHEW CONNELL

Horatio

MARK WILSON

Rosencrantz

ANNABELLE TUDOR

Guildenstern

SYD BRISBANE

Gravedigger

TONY RIVE

Reynaldo

ANNA BURGESS

Osric
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DION MILLS

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ANDREW CAROLANE

Marcellus

Creative Team

GLENN ELSTON

Director & Designer

KARLA ERENBOTS

Costume Design

ALISON WHYTE

Assistant Director

PAUL NORTON

Composer & Sound Effects Design

PETER AMESBURY

Line Producer

Like most plays and musicals, the cast of HAMLET is an ensemble company. The producers cannot guarantee the appearance of a particular artist at any performance. Appearance could be subject to many factors including illness and holidays.

 

We thank you for your cooperation and look forward to welcoming you to HAMLET!