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A Midsummer Night's Dream

  • Theatre, Comedy
  1. Titania and Oberon from a production of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'.
    Photograph: Ben Fon
  2. A scene from 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'.
    Photograph: Ben Fon
  3. A packed lawn of audience members in the Royal Botanic Garden for an outdoor performance of Shakespeare
    Photograph: Supplied / Australian Shakespeare Company

Time Out says

The Australian Shakespeare Company returns with a wickedly entertaining open-air production to watch under the stars

Paging all foolish mortals, mischievous fairies and thieves of love, the Australian Shakespeare Company's (ASC) production of the classic play A Midsummer Night's Dream returns to light up the Royal Botanic Gardens this summer. 

Running between December 16 and February 16, 2024, witness the ASC's flagship production under a canopy of stars and be whisked on a riotous ride through the enchanting world of lovers, fairies and fools.

One of Shakespeare's most famous works, A Midsummer Night's Dream traces four Athenians as they escape to the forest under the cover of darkness only to have Puck the fairy make both boys fall in love with the same girl. The four run through the forest, pursuing each other while Puck helps his master, Oberon, play a trick on the fairy queen Titania. It is an enduring tale of meddling, magic and mystery about love in all its forms.

Death of a Salesman's Alison Whyte will lead the cast as Bottom, along with Nicole Nabout as Titania, Hugh Sexton as Oberon and Syd Brisbane as Puck. 

"We've reimagined A Midsummer Night's Dream in a way that makes it even more accessible and in step with today's world," said ASC artistic director, Glenn Elston OAM. "It is a rare opportunity to present a play that concerns itself with themes so relevant to the current state of the world and reflective of the never-changing effects of the human condition."

Theatregoers are encouraged to bring along a picnic or take advantage of the on-site bar and catering. Drinks and snacks can also be pre-ordered online. High and low chairs will be available for hire at the venue. 

A Midsummer Night's Dream will run at the Royal Botanic Gardens from December 16 until February 16, 2024. Tickets range from $25 to $99, and you can get them on the Shakespeare Australia website here.

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Saffron Swire
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Saffron Swire


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