If music be the food of love… Play on!

Laughing ourselves silly with: Sir Toby Belch – the man believed to have invented partying, Sir Andrew Aguecheek – dispossessed of any intelligence he is naturally silly, Malvolio – a power hungry puritan who falls from a great moral height when pushed by Sir Toby, Maria – the housemaid who outwits Malvolio and housetrains Sir Toby, Viola – a shipwrecked girl who cross-dresses as a boy to get a job, Olivia – deeply grieving for her brother’s death, she refuses Duke Orsino’s overtures and rebounds by falling in love with the cross-dressed Viola and Orsino – the lovesick Duke pining for Olivia but seems to fancy Viola dressed as a boy and is quick to swap loves when he discovers she is really a girl.

The Australian Shakespeare Company continues its much-heralded tradition of presenting SHAKESPEARE UNDER THE STARS in the ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS VICTORIA, MELBOURNE.

Pictures feature 2016/2017 Summer Company

Melbourne Season

6 March to 10 March 2018
7:30pm

RUNNING TIME
approx. 2.5 hours inc. 20 min intermission.

VENUE
Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Melbourne – Southern Cross Lawn
Enter Observatory Gate, opposite the Shrine of Remembrance, Birdwood Avenue, South Yarra.  Click here for more info.

SCHOOL GROUPS
Click here to book

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! Click here to view our menu!

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

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

Tuesday to Thursday Friday and Saturday
Standard
Adult
 $40
Early Bird – $30
 $50
Early Bird – $50
Standard
Student/Concession
 $35
Early Bird – $30
 $45
Early Bird – $45
Standard
Children (2 years to 15 years)
$25
Early Bird – $25
$25
Early Bird – $25
Standard
Family Ticket
$120
Early Bird – $100
$140
Early Bird – $120
Gold Class Premium
All Tickets
$80 $90

Groups of 10 are eligible for tickets at concession prices. Call us for more info.

Prices subject to change without notice!

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 information.

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!