Outdoor Theatre | The Leura Shakespeare Festival

Festival information

January 13, 2018 to January 28, 2018

A riotously, raucous 9th Summer Festival about service, appetites and balancing acts - spanning the full reach of comedy - from Shakespeare's dark satirical masterpiece Measure For Measure to Goldoni's Italian dish of laughs The Servant of Two Masters.

What rules your life? The law? Your conscience? Your instinct? Faith? Should we be ruled by justice or mercy? Should a government legislate your sex life, your morality? How do you responsibly answer the prompts of your deepest, darkest impulses and remain an upstanding moral citizen? Shakespeare may as well have written this play yesterday - an Elizabethan Orange Is The New Black meets A Handmaid's Tale - Measure For Measure pushes the genre of comedy to its darkest and most biting limits. A murky and morally ambiguous exploration of desire and power that will shock audiences with its contemporary voice, will make you laugh and make you think twice.

This production is suitable for ages 13+ and contains some adult themes, content may be triggering.

Measure For Measure
By William Shakespeare
Directed By Lizzie Schebesta

Leura Everglades Garden : Jan 14th, 20th, 21st, 28th (@7.30pm); Jan 27th (@3.30pm)

Prices : Adult $38, Concession $32, 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 2nd show.



Adapted from Carlo Goldoni’s mid 18th Century Italian comedy, The Servant of Two Masters is a delicious feast of fun, following the story of an enterprising and perpetually hungry servant who endeavours to work for two masters in order to earn twice the meals!
 
The Servant of Two Masters is Goldoni’s most popular and loved comedy to this day, and his prolific writing career left a legacy to Italian Theatre. Throughout his life, Goldoni undertook a personal mission to reform the approach to performance in his country. He believed the improvised work of the famous stock-character, masked, Commedia del Arte troupes had become lazy and predictable, and through his scripted dialogue he urged a style of playing that explored the honesty and wit of real life through comedies of characters’ manners and behaviours. With the mask removed, Goldoni aspired to a more accessible and truthful mode of storytelling, with individuality and a sense of realism that reflected contemporary life. This new adaptation of The Servant of Two Masters retains the essence and hilarity of it’s 1700’s source, whilst honouring Goldoni’s own legacy of reform by bringing an immediacy to our contemporary audience.

The Servant of Two Masters
By Carlo Goldoni
Adapted and Directed By Francesca Savige and George Banders

Leura Everglades Garden : Jan 13th, 19th, 26th, 27th (@7.30pm); 21st and 28th (@3.30pm)

Prices : Adult $38, Concession $32, 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 2nd show.



Botched marriages, dastardly disguises, cunning plots.... Men who are wildly unqualified for their jobs and unruly women pushed to the point of performing miracles. Join us this season for a feast of comedy - both light and dark - that will hopefully prove that out of chaos comes progress and satisfaction. 

This delightful season features some of Sydney’s best and freshest comedic actors; George Zhao, Yalin Ozucelik, Adele Querol, Gabriel Fancourt, Aanisa Vylet, Samantha Ward, Shingo Usami, Meg Clarke, Andrew Hearle, Jess Loudon, Mackenzie Fearnley, Steph Kelly, Claudia Ware and Janine Watson.

Designer Sallyanne Facer    
Design Assistant Bronte Nicole
Sound Designer Tegan Nicholls
Lighting Designer Matt Cox
Stage Managers Steph Kelly and Bronte Schuftan
Vocal Coach Amy Hume
Fight Director Tim Dashwood
Festival Director Damien Ryan
 


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.

Events

Measure For Measure

Shakespeare's dark satirical masterpiece.

The Servant of Two Masters

Goldoni’s most popular and loved comedy.

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About

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 many others.