Shakespeare's Best Bits Shakespeare Under the Stars Shakespeare in the Gardens

One Night Only at the Post Office Box Theatre in Ballarat, Victoria.


The six tradesmen and amateur thespians (called the Mechanicals) from "A Midsummer Night's Dream" come together to rehearse the play for Duke Theseus's wedding written and directed by their Leader, Peter Quince the Carpenter. It is at this first rehearsal that they inform Peter that they have found another writer and want to explore his plays. They convince Peter to return to the stage and together they pursue  a series of fast and furious renderings of the Bard's best bits.

"Opportunities to see comedy of this calibre are all too few and far between." Theatre Alive

"Glenn Elston's production transports its audience on a whirlwind tour through Shakespeare's canon of work -The actors are akin to Laurel and Hardy in their humour, timing and pace they have impeccable comedic presence."  Theatre Alive

"Pantaloon- meets-Python slapstick, song, dance and parodies LOADS OF FUN." The Age

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See here for a short video of 'Shakespeare's Best Bits' when we last performed it in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne. Please note, last time the show was called 'Shakespeare's Greatest Hits', the show has since had a facelift, the costumes have had a wash and the name has been changed to a snappy 'Best Bits' to celebrate the 400 years since Shakespeare's death... tad awkward to celebrate that, but any excuse for a good night out suits us! So join us for Shakespeare's Best Bits in the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne!

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Ticket Price

Adult $25
Student $10
Child (15 years and under) $10

Where: Post Office Box TheatreCamp Street, Ballarat VIC 3350.

When: 21st Feb 2017

Box office opens 1 hour prior to the performance start time.

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"With fine comic timing and delivery, hilarious characters, witty dialogue and direct engagement with the delighted audience, the cast of six rollicks through parodies of a parade of Shakespeare's works...You don't need to know all the Bard's plays to enjoy Shakespeare's Best Bits because it a comic romp performed by a talented cast of actors who inject the tragedies with hilarity and stupidity." - Herald Sun

"It's Shakespeare in the Park time again, and if you have never attended this annual iconic event, and you're not much of a Shakespeare fan, then this is the perfect production for you. Glenn Elston has created an extremely funny show. This year the cast is, without exception, quite marvellous, highly experienced and with brilliant comic timing.I defy you not to end up feeling seriously sick from laughing. It's a stroke of genius and should make a reappearance at the MICF" - Stage Whispers

Elston's witty writing makes it a thoroughly enjoyable evening of entertainment just as the Bard would have intended! In short, the show is fast and furiously fun. Nonstop humourous puns and physical enactments still allowed for moments of light and shade comic variance to shine through....if slapstick belly laughs and clever antics are your thing then make sure you don't miss it" - Theatre People

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