Experiencing Shakespeare comes at its best in the great outdoors, so it seems apt that this year’s Twelfth Night is on at Central Park Gardens in Malvern from the 2nd to the 17th of March.

Presented by the Melbourne Shakespeare Company, the production delivers wit, wisdom and mischief in equal dose, in a garden setting where you can bring a rug and picnic basket to see a play under the sun or stars.

Transforming the story to a modern setting sees Viola, a young Melbourne socialite, become shipwrecked on the shores of a strange and mysterious land, where she fears she will be stranded and never see her twin brother again. Setting aside her grief she steels herself to conquer her fears, but a strange twist of events embroils her in a love triangle that is both hilarious and thrilling. With show-stopping tunes and a contemporary setting, this Shakespeare classic maintains all its charm and humour along with it its own unique qualities that are sure to please.

“I love Twelfth Night for its playfulness. Shakespeare presents us with a world of larger than life characters, some of whom take themselves far too seriously, some who take nothing seriously at all. It is a play of disguises and shipwrecks, takedowns and comeuppances. Cashed up bogans rub shoulders with the hoi polloi. Gender norms and class are mocked, as they should be, and superficial differences are stripped away,” says Paul Robinson, Director of Melbourne Shakespeare Company.

Melbourne Shakespeare’s Art Director, Jennifer Sarah Dean, trained at the Globe Theatre in London. After moving to Australia, she soon discovered Melbourne did not have its own Shakespeare company and set about to rectify this. In 2016, she founded the Melbourne Shakespeare Company and since then has overseen many successful Shakespeare productions as well as several highly successful productions. She is very excited to present Twelfth Night and Love’s Labour’s Lost which are both being performed in March at Central Park in Malvern.

Central Park Gardens in Malvern is an ideal setting with its lush Edwardian style gardens and guests are encouraged to bring along a picnic to enjoy in the sunshine or under the stars. Seating is provided at the venue but protective sun wear is recommended for matinee performances.

See this unique production of Twelfth Night this March at Central Park located in Malvern East!


Dates: 2 - 17 March 2019

Location: Central Park Malvern East (148 Burke Rd, Malvern East VIC 3145)

Times: 2pm or 7pm

Melbourne Shakespeare Website