Tickets for Thursday 7 March 2013 will be available from the on-site box office (cash only) from 6.30pm.
This summer the world’s most famous love story will transform the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne as The Australian Shakespeare Company presents a new production of Shakespeare’s most romantic play, Romeo & Juliet.Including a cast of some of Australia’s most talented rising stars, the production will explore the rhythms of Romeo & Juliet’s poetic text vocally and musically, creating a lively, high impact production.
Romeo & Juliet is a timeless classic celebrating the power of love, the joy and happiness of life while relentlessly highlighting the futility of hate.It makes you laugh at the playfulness, swoon at the romance and cry at the tragedy.
“The story of Romeo & Juliet is still so important to tell, as it shows how dangerous prejudice and hate can be, so much that it destroys the children of the next generation,” says Director Glenn Elston.
This new production is sure to seduce Melbourne audiences this summer, with dynamic performances, uplifting music and enchanting garden surrounds transporting them into the captivating world of Shakespeare’s greatest drama!
WHEN: 20 Dec 2012 - 9 March 2013
Tues - Sat 8.00pm ( Feb & March)
WHERE: Southern Cross Lawn, Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne
Enter via the Observatory Gate on Birdwood Avenue directly adjacent to
the Shrine Of Remembrance
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday and Monday 31 Dec 2012
Child ( 5- 15 yrs) $25.00
Groups 10 + $30.00
Friday,Saturday and Valentines Day
Child ( 5- 15 yrs) $25.00
Groups 10 + $35.00
* Concession = Full time Student, Pensioners and Healthcare Card Holders
or call 1300 122 344, or through Ticketmaster 136 100
Cash sales from the on-site box office from 1.5 hours prior to the start time.
GIFT CERTIFICATES: purchase securely online or call 1300 122 344
PRE-BOOK MEALS: a selection of delicious Italian and Thai meals are available to pre-order. Find out more
SCHOOL BOOKINGS: call 03 8676 7511 or email
for further information
PLEASE NOTE: The use of cameras, video or sound recording equipment is not permitted during the performance.
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“Beautiful and wickedly entertaining” The Age
"High-energy, hilarious and a rich celebration of life...electrifying" The Age
“Your performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream completely revolutionized my students’ attitude to Shakespeare. How can I thank you for what you have done for these students?” Jo Vandermark, Teacher
“I have been to theatre productions in London, New York, and Sydney and nothing can compare to your show. It has to be the most entertaining production I have ever seen and the fact that it was set under the stars made it even more special.” Kay Lee Sye, theatre-goer
“Innocent purity…raunchy comic relief…has humour, anger and swashbuckling speed and strength…an accessible way to experience the genius…the music fits seamlessly. The Royal Botanic Gardens is a perfect setting for a night of theatre.” Sunday Herald Sun
“Lawn picnics, lovers old, lovers young, a waxing full moon, a sunset sky and a stage nestled amidst flowering Banksias under the watchful eyes of a colony of fruit bats dancing in the stars – outdoor theatre at its best.” Inpress
“This is one of those rare productions of which you can say with absolute confidence that everyone will enjoy it… This is how Shakespeare should be produced, freed from the chains of scholarly respectability.” The Bulletin
ATTENDING SHAKESPEARE UNDER THE STARS FAQ
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1. How long does the performance go for?
2. From what time can we arrive?
3. Do I have to book or can I buy a ticket when I get there?
4. It's held outside isn't it? Are there chairs?
5. What else should we bring?
6. Is food and drink available to purchase?
7. How do we get there?
8. Is the performance site accessible for those with mobility issues?
9. We can't go on the night we booked for, can I change my tickets to another date?
10. What happens if it rains?
1. How long does the performance go for? The performance lasts for approximately two and a half hours including an interval.
2. From what time can we arrive? The site is open to ticket holders from 1.5 hours prior to the start time.
3. Do I have to book or can I buy a ticket when I get there? Booking is advised, especially for weekends and Valentine’s Day. However you can buy tickets on arrival at the on-site box office from 1.5 hours prior to the start time (cash only, no credit card facilities).
4. It's held outside isn't it? Are there chairs? The performance is held outdoors in the beautiful environs of the Southern Cross Lawn in the Royal Botanic Gardens. It is a picnic style event so bring a blanket or cushions to sit on, or you are welcome to bring your own chairs. Low or standard height chairs are available to hire for $5 cash on arrival.
5. What else should we bring? A picnic full of all the goodies you like to eat and drink. Warm clothes as sometimes it can get cool in the evening. And remember, please use rubbish bins provided or take your rubbish with you after the show.
6. Are food and drink available to purchase? Yes, our cash only on-site bar offers hot chocolate, tea and coffee, soft drinks, water, beer, wine, spirits, snacks, chocolate, lollies, chips, etc.
7. How do we get there? Public transport is advised as parking can sometimes be difficult to find or be a long walk from the gardens.
Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne - enter via the Observatory Gate on Birdwood Avenue, opposite the Shrine of Remembrance. See map
Driving: Free and metered 2, 3 and 4 hour parking is available in surrounding streets.
Public transport: Take the train to Flinders Street Station. Then take a tram (3, 5, 8, 16, 64 or 67) 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.
8. Is the performance site accessible for those with mobility issues? The performance site is accessible by paved footpaths, however there is a short grassy area to traverse to reach the audience area. Production staff are available to assist if required.
9. We can't go on the night we booked for, can I change my tickets to another date? Yes, your tickets may be transferred to another session. Please call 1300 122 344 during business hours Monday to Friday or email your booking details to
including your order number, booking name, number of tickets, mobile number, session booked for and preferred new session.
10. What happens if it rains? Call 1300 122 344 for a weather update. Usually performances do proceed if there is only very light misty drizzle. INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY: If the Australian Shakespeare Company cancels the performance due to inclement weather your tickets will be valid for another performance during the same production season (call 1300 122 344 to re-book). If it is not possible for you to attend another performance during the same production season we provide a credit note for the value of your tickets (not including any handling fees), valid for at least 12 months from your original performance date. A credit note will only be offered if the performance is cancelled. When a performance is cancelled in advance of the start time due to inclement weather we inform ticket holders by SMS or telephone.
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