Photographer: Nicole Cleary, Pictured: Samuel Rowe and Ayesha Madon

Among the most famous love stories of all time, Romeo and Juliet make one last appearance at the famous Rippon Lea House and Gardens, continuing their 30th year anniversary celebrations for Shakespeare Under the Stars by the Australian Shakespeare Company.

Delivering all the love and drama of the classic play, the setting gives the perfect backdrop for the star-crossed lovers, giving the audience the chance to view one of the world’s most famous plays in one of Victoria’s most beautiful heritage listed estates.

“In every community it is possible to find one Romeo and one Juliet,” says Australian Shakespeare Company, Director, Glenn Elston.

“Lovers that, by their families’ cultural customs and or beliefs are not permitted to be together romantically. This clash of difference and discrimination is what keeps the tale of Romeo and Juliet timeless and in the eye of the public. Labelling a particular group as other/the enemy is becoming an increasingly dangerous thought pattern and political tactic.

Photographer: Nicole Cleary, Pictured: Samuel Rowe and Ayesha Madon

“Romeo and Juliet is an important cautionary tale on the dangers of narrow-minded prejudice and miscommunication for now, as for always,” he says.

Transporting the audience back to Verona, Italy, the scene is set for the violence between the Montague and Capulet families. A compelling tale of two young people whose deaths unite their feuding families, this is a play that shows the power of young love, loyalties of family, value of friends, and the futility of hate, all wrapped up in emotions that are timeless and relevant even today.

Sure to melt the hardest of hearts and wet the driest eye, this is a modern take on a timeless classic, see the Australian Shakespeare Company’s wonderful Romeo and Juliet this March!


Loxation: Rippon Lea House and Gardens - 192 Hotham St, Elsternwick (enter via main gate on Hotham St)

Dates: 4 - 21 March 2019

Times: Monday - Thursday nightly at 7.30pm

Admission cost: Tickets vary from $25 - $110 (see booking link for details)

Bookings: 03 8676 7511

Shakespeare Australia Website