Pictured: Andre De Vanny as Hamlet (Courtesy of Shakespeare Australia)

Presenting one of the greatest tragedies in the English language - Hamlet - Melbourne audiences can once again see Shakespeare under the stars this summer in the Royal Botanical Gardens from this Friday, 20 December to Sunday 9 February 2020.

Set in a perfect picnic-style setting, this new production of Hamlet has all the elements to engross audiences all over again.

The Australian Shakespeare Company Artistic Director, Glenn Elston OAM, says, “Hamlet is a tale of conspiracy, deception and moral ambiguity, where everyone has something to hide, and the answer is far from simple. Hamlet is one of the most human characters Shakespeare ever wrote, making every audience member focus on the uncomfortable knowledge that tragedy evolves from human error, even if the mistake is as simple as leaving things undecided.”

Starring some of Australia’s finest actors including Andre de Vanny (Hamlet), Alison Whyte (Gertrude), Greg Stone (Claudius), Brian Lipson (Polonius), Emily Godard (Ophelia), Andrew Coshan (Laertes), Matt Connell (Horatio), among many others, the play continues to give an insightful and accurate portrait of human nature centuries after being written.

Hamlet offers audiences the chance to experience an inviting and refreshing atmosphere like no other, created by the marriage of art and nature.”

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. Theatre-goers 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. High and low chairs are also available for hire at the venue.

See the unmissable Hamlet by the Australian Shakespeare Company this summer at the Royal Botanic Gardens!


Dates: Fri 20 December - Sun 9 February 2020

Location: Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Melbourne Gardens – Southern Cross Lawn, Birdwood Avenue, South Yarra

Admission cost: $25 - $110

Bookings: Here or call 03 8676 7511

Shakespeare Australia Website