Outdoor Theatre | Summer Season - Old Government House

Festival information

February 2, 2020 to March 1, 2020

Twelfth Night

Better a witty fool than a foolish wit

The twelfth night is the last day of the Christmas cycle, a night of madness where the world turns upside down, where grief and joy and laughter and tears are all one. When mere mortals have the power to choose who they are, what they believe in and who they may love. In this rollicking production from director Christopher Stollery, music and mayhem will fill the summer night.

When Viola is shipwrecked on a strange land, desperate at the loss of her twin brother Sebastian, she disguises herself as a boy to survive. The inevitable ensues with the silliness of mistaken identity, foolish love connections, and a witty fool.

On her mad, joyous, romantic journey to rediscovering herself and finding her twin, she will change the people of Illyria forever, bringing just the right amount of chaos, and just the right number of weddings.

Don’t miss your opportunity to devour this delightful comedy in the open air this summer.

Romeo & Juliet

Thou can’st not speak of that thou dost not feel...

It takes a village to kill a child. 

The existential crisis facing our world today, the product of a lack of practical leadership from our earth’s elders, has triggered a deafening chorus of ‘How dare you!’, screamed from the heart of our planet’s youth. And it’s not just about climate issues. What can children teach us in their struggle to be heard?

Sport for Jove’s furiously energetic new production of Romeo & Juliet is characterised by a true vision of today’s youth - the rarely seen innovation of actual teenagers playing the play’s children – Juliet, Romeo, Paris, Mercutio, Benvolio, Balthazar, all aged 14-18, and surrounded by an extraordinary cast of experienced players, gives this production an authenticity and honest rawness, danger and the genuine awkwardness of youth. 

Director Damien Ryan’s production takes on the spirit of a filthy Italian opera, lead with an original acapella vocal score by Naomi and Drew Livingston, driven by heat and sensuality, chaos, fights and fevers of the mind, and of course, by Shakespeare’s soaring poetry. We are carried to a backcountry Verona, a profoundly insular town, trapped in cycles of tradition and vendetta, staring out at the future with a moral pollution at its heart. Only its children’s courage to express themselves will bring change. With the mad blood stirring, two young lovers meet and set in motion the most iconic love story of all time, that of Juliet and her Romeo.

Join us under the stars in our 11th Summer Season for this heart-stopping production of the star-crossed lovers.


Twelfth Night

8pm Sunday 2 February

8pm Saturday 8 February

8pm Sunday 9 February

8pm Sunday 16 February

8pm Friday 21 February

8pm Thursday 27 February

8pm Friday 28 February

8pm Sunday 1 March


Romeo & Juliet

8pm Thursday 6 February

8pm Friday 7 February

8pm Thursday 13 February

8pm Saturday 22 February

8pm Sunday 23 February



Adult $42, Concession* $32, Groups 10+ $30, Family bundle (2 Adult, 2 Concession) $120, Children 9 and under are free.

Come once or come see both shows and get an extra 20% discount off tickets on the second show.

*Eligible concessions are: Student Cards (full time), Pension Cards, Senior Cards, MEAA members

Companion Cards accepted to all performances. Please book you ticket/s to your preferred performance then email support@ticketbooth.com.au with proof of companion card and the confirmation ID for your purchase order to receive your complimentary companion ticket.


**Wet Weather Hotline**

If you are concerned about the weather on the day, please call the Wet Weather Hotline on (02) 9990 7708 for up-to-date information. See below for more detailed information on wet weather protocol.  


Dinner at Lachlan's Restaurant

Lachlan's Restaurant at Old Government House are offering dinner packages for you to enjoy preshow when you come to the Summer Season at Old Government House. On the terreace overlooking the stage you can enjoy a special meal before settling in for Romeo & Juliet or Twelfth Night. Book now at Lachlan's Restaurant online.


Sport for Jove's Summer Season at Old Government House is an open-air and all weather event. The performance area and audience seating is completely uncovered. The event is an all-weather experience, and Sport For Jove Theatre Company is committed to going ahead with a performance even in unfavourable weather conditions, unless there is a concern for the general safety of the actors and audience by attending the show. The decision to move a performance indoors can be made up until 30 minutes before the show begins and a cancellation may also be called during the performance. A show is considered to be performed once 60% of it has been staged and it will not be moved indoors if conditions require the remaining portion of the performance outdoors to be cancelled.

Shows need to proceed as scheduled outdoors or indoors as to secure the financial viability of the festival. Festival shows that are moved indoors in 2020 will be relocated to a marquee on location at Old Government House, Parramatta Park. 

Full terms and conditions are available HERE.



Sport for Jove's Summer Season is playing at Old Government House, Parramatta Park for the first time in 2020 in partnership with the National Trust of Australia (NSW). We are delighted to be adding this beautiful new venue to our annual Summer Season. 

This year, guests will enjoy our heart-stopping new productions of Romeo & Juliet and Twelfth Night on the rolling green and the back of historic Old Government House, with options to enjoy dinner at Lachlan's Restaurant on site.