“Highly entertaining” Sunday Age

“This is the perfect summer family fare! Joyous and achingly funny.” The Herald

Experience the best Melbourne has to offer! Stroll through the Royal Botanic Gardens, unpack your picnic or have gourmet food delivered to you as you settle in to watch the sunset and the fun begin. The jewel in the Shakespeare comedy crown is set to take you on a riotous ride through the interwoven world of Lovers, Fairies and Fools. See the gardens lit up at night, glowing and sparkling beyond your wildest imaginings while you reel with laughter as you witness the comedy that is “A Midsummer Nights Dream”.

Pictures feature 2014 Summer Company

Not been to Shakespeare Under the Stars Before?

Have a quick read of our F.A.Q. which has helpful information about our picnic theatre productions. Any questions, feel free to give a call on +61 03 8676 7511 or email us by clicking here!

Melbourne Season

WHEN:21 December 2017 to 3 March 2018
WHERE: Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne – Southern Cross Lawn
Enter Observatory Gate, opposite the Shrine of Remembrance, Birdwood Avenue, South Yarra
RUNNING TIME: approx. 2.5 hours inc. 20 min intermission.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING?: Pack a picnic full of goodies that you like to eat and drink, a rug or chair to sit on. Chairs are available to hire for $5.
HOT FOOD: You can order hot food online when you book or at the on-site box office and have an Italian Feast delivered to your picnic rug!

Tickets are also sold on-site at the box office from 1 hour prior to the performance start time (subject to availability).

Cast and Crew

Director: Glenn Elston
Music: Paul Norton
Choreographer: Sue-Ellen Shook

Experience Summer and “Shakespeare under the Stars” with one of our Gold Class Premium Packages

On arrival be shown to your Gold Class Premium Reserved seating and take in the delights of Shakespeare’s most popular comedy.  Relax in a low rise chair on a picnic blanket under the stars, have our wonderful staff take your food order while you sip on pre-show complimentary sparkling wine.

Ticket Prices

Early Bird
Sunday to Thursday
Sunday to Thursday Early Bird
Friday and Saturday
Friday and Saturday Valentines Day
Adult  $30  $40  $40  $50 $70
Student/Concession  $30  $35  $40  $45 $70
Children (2 years to 15 years) $25 $25 $25 $25 $70
Family Ticket
2 Adults and 2 Child
$100 $120 $120 $140
Family Ticket
Gold Class Premium
$75 $75 $75 $75 $210 Per Couple

Performance Schedule

December

SUN MON TUE WED THUR FRI SAT
1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21
8:30pm
22
8:30pm
23
8:30pm
24
8:30pm
25 26 27
8:30pm
28
8:30pm
29
8:30pm
30
8:30pm
31
8:30pm

January 

SUN MON TUE WED THUR FRI SAT
1 2
8:30pm
3
8:30pm
4
8:30pm
5
8:30pm
6
8:30pm
7
8:30pm
8 9
8:30pm
10
8:30pm
11
8:30pm
12
8:30pm
13
8:30pm
14
8:30pm
15 16
8:30pm
17
8:30pm
18
8:30pm
19
8:30pm
20
8:30pm
21
8:30pm
22 23
8:30pm
24
8:30pm
25
8:30pm
26 27
8:30pm
28
8:30pm
29 30 31

February

Note: Performances from 8th of Feb change to starting 8pm

SUN MON TUE WED THUR FRI SAT
1
8:30pm
2
8:30pm
3
8:30pm
4 5 6 7 8
8pm
9
8pm
10
8pm
11 12 13
8pm
14
8pm
15
8pm
16
8pm
17
8pm
18 19 20
8pm
21
8pm
22
8pm
23
8pm
24
8pm
25 26 27
8pm
28
8pm

March

SUN MON TUE WED THUR FRI SAT
1
8:00pm
2
8:00pm
3
8:00pm

How to get to the show

Public transport is advised as parking can sometimes be difficult to find or be a long walk from the gardens.

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Southern Cross Lawn – enter via the Observatory Gate on Birdwood Avenue, opposite the Shrine of Remembrance.
Driving: 
Free and metered 2, 3 and 4-hour parking is available on surrounding streets.
Public transport: 
Take the train to Flinders Street Station. Then take a tram to the Domain Road Interchange. Walk towards the Shrine of Remembrance and on the other side of it you will see Birdwood Avenue and the Observatory Gate. The performance area is immediately on your left after entering. Visit www.ptv.vic.gov.au for more infomation.

Enjoy a fun filled night under the stars in Beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens

School Groups Welcome

Study Pack Available

Click here to book your school group or call our office on 03 8676 7511 or email us