Outdoor Theatre | The Leura Shakespeare Festival

Festival information

January 14, 2017 to January 29, 2017

Outdoor Summer Season 8


Julius Caesar
Antony and Cleopatra
Directed by Michael Pigott and Damien Ryan


Sport for Jove’s acclaimed Summer Shakespeare Season, now in it’s 8th successful year, has become a must-see on the NSW theatrical calendar. This year we go on a Roman Holiday – the epic tale of Julius Caesar and Antony and Cleopatra, told together in the frenzy and accessibility of the Festival atmosphere, outdoors and full of feasting and invention.

Shakespeare looked to the Roman past not out of historical curiosity but to awaken us to the struggles, fears and possibilities of our present – our relationships to power, to loyalty, to freedom, to violence, to idealism and to civic duty. But above all he turned to the famous characters and events of an ancient age in order to imagine new futures –
“How many ages hence shall this, our lofty scene, be acted over in states unborn and accents yet unknown” Julius Caesar
Julius Caesar and Antony and Cleopatra are two of his greatest plays – famed for their clarity, political modernity, poetry and their extraordinary pantheon of characters, real men and women who defined the very pulse of their age and who are rekindled in the possibilities of every political leader and every political machination of the 21st Century. Julius Caesar, Cleopatra, Mark Antony, Augustus, Portia, Cassius, Brutus, Agrippa. Their rise and thunderous fall threw down to us a set of challenges we may never master. How do we lead a nation? How do we follow a leader? What sparks revolution? What suppresses it? What price freedom…?
And as the merry-go-round of the Australian Prime Ministership has shown in recent years, politics is as personal as life itself. Love, hate, betrayal, sacrifice, lust, confusion, tyranny – power is a fragile house of cards and every nation stands in its trembling shadow.
Join us outdoors this summer for a rampaging look at Rome’s eternal lessons for our contemporary lives.

Tickets available for purchase HERE.


Season Performance Dates...


14-Jan-2017 Saturday

Julius Caesar @3.30pm
Antony and Cleopatra @7.30pm

15-Jan-2017 Sunday

Julius Caesar @3.30pm
Antony and Cleopatra @7.30pm

20-Jan-2017 Friday

Julius Caesar @7.30pm

21-Jan-2017 Saturday

Julius Caesar @3.30pm
Antony and Cleopatra @7.30pm

22-Jan-2017 Sunday

Julius Caesar @3.30pm
Antony and Cleopatra @7.30pm

27-Jan-2017 Friday

Antony and Cleopatra @7.30pm

28-Jan-2017 Saturday

Julius Caesar @3.30pm
Antony and Cleopatra @7.30pm

29-Jan-2017 Sunday

Julius Caesar @3.30pm
Antony and Cleopatra @7.30pm

Please note...

The Leura Shakespeare Festival event 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 2017 will be relocated to the Wentworth Falls School of Arts location at 217 Great Western Hwy, Wentworth Falls NSW 2782. To accommodate the size of this venue, only a limit of 200 tickets for all outdoor shows will be made available for each performance. For shows that proceed outdoors as scheduled, an additional 30 tickets will be made available for sale on a first come first served basis starting 1 hour before show time.

Full terms and conditions are available HERE.

Looking for more Shakespeare from around the globe, check out this fun interactive map by Expedia designed to take visitors through Shakespeare’s life, plays and legacy; starting from Stratford-upon-Avon and spreading all over the world!   Global Shakespeare Explorer


Venues / FAQ’s


The Leura Shakespeare Festival is an annual theatre festival staged by SfJ in partnership with the National Trust of Australia (NSW).

The festival is centred around SfJ’s repertory season at the sublime Everglades Gardens, Leura. Since launching in 2010 with A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo & Juliet, SfJ has presented performances of As You Like It, The Taming of the Shrew & Macbeth among others..