Shakespeare under the stars

The enchanting world of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is set to captivate audiences of all ages as The Australian Shakespeare Company brings the classic production back to Melbourne.

Set against the picturesque backdrop of Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens, the production is scheduled to run from December 16, 2023, until February 11, 2024.

The open-air setting, with the gardens illuminated and sparkling at night, creates a unique atmosphere for a riotous ride through the world of lovers, fairies, and fools.

Glenn Elston OAM, the Artistic Director of The Australian Shakespeare Company, expressed excitement.

“We’ve reimagined A Midsummer Night’s Dream in a way that makes it even more accessible and in step with today’s world,” he said.

The immersive experience invites theatregoers to enjoy art and nature together under the stars, bonding with performers in open-air conditions.

Elston encouraged audiences to embark on an adventure with the characters in a more immersive style, free from the restrictions of a traditional theater.

“When the feuding king and queen of the fairies cross paths with a quartet of runaway lovers, and a group of tradesmen attempts to rehearse a play, one night in the enchanted forest becomes one wild ride,” Elston said.

“Love triangles and transformations occur with hilarious consequences when fairies magically meddle in the lives of mortals.”

The Australian Shakespeare Company’s “Shakespeare Under the Stars” program has become a summer tradition for Melbournians and visitors alike.

The company invites theatregoers to bring their own picnic or take advantage of the on-site bar and catering services, available for pre-order online and delivered directly on the evening of the performance.

Additionally, high and low chairs are available for hire at the venue, ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable experience for all attendees.

Tickets can be purchased at

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