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Shakespeare Under the Stars enchants Melbourne audiences this summer

A woman sits on the shoulders of a man while in costume for the play A Midsummer Night's Dream.
A Midsummer Night's Dream is coming back to Melbourne this Summer. Courtesy: Australian Shakespeare Company

Creating a one-of-a-kind environment, the Australian Shakespeare Company is back this summer with their production of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Artistic Director, Glenn Elston OAM, is excited about this year's production. “After the year we’ve all experienced, we couldn’t be more delighted to offer our audiences a balmy summer evening full of food, drink and reconnecting with loved ones, before the play begins. The audience gets whisked into a world beyond their wildest imaginings, full of comic relief.”

Aware of how the play comments on conflict in these turbulent time, he says the play shows that things can, and do, resolve themselves. “When the feuding king and queen of the fairies cross paths with a quartet of runaway lovers, and a group of tradesmen attempt to rehearse a play, one night in the enchanted forest becomes one wild ride,“ Elston says.

A crowd gathering in 2019 that, for 2020, will take precautions to adhere to COVID guidelines and restrictions. Courtesy: Australian Shakespeare Company

The play is filled with love-triangles and transformations that are still very relevant to modern day life.

The Australian Shakespeare Company’s Shakespeare Under the Stars program offers something for everyone, having fast become an unmissable summer tradition for Melburnians and visitors alike.

Theatregoers are welcome to bring along a picnic of their own or take advantage of the on-site bar and catering which is available to pre-order online and delivered directly on the evening of the performance.

A Midsummer Night's Dream 2019. Courtesy: Australian Shakespeare Company

The Australian Shakespeare Company is fully compliant with Victorian Government COVID-safe guidelines and health guidelines.

Be sure to book your tickets in for the unmissable A Midsummer Night's Dream by The Australian Shakespeare Company these holidays!


Dates: 18 December 2020 - 24 January 2021

Location: Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Melbourne Gardens – Southern Cross Lawn, 100 Birdwood Avenue, South Yarra Cost: From $25

Bookings: Call (03) 8676 7511 or via Ticketmaster

Shakespeare Australia Website

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