Outdoor Theatre | The Sydney Hills Shakespeare in the Park

Festival information

December 17, 2016 to January 7, 2017

Outdoor Summer Season 8

WHEN IN ROME...


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...

 

17-Dec-2016 Saturday
Julius Caesar @5.00pm
Antony and Cleopatra @8.00pm
18-Dec-2016 Sunday
Julius Caesar @5.00pm
Antony and Cleopatra @8.00pm
21-Dec-2016 Wednesday
Julius Caesar @8.00pm
22-Dec-2016 Thursday
Antony and Cleopatra @8.00pm
23-Dec-2016 Friday
Julius Caesar @5.00pm
Antony and Cleopatra @8.00pm
27-Dec-2016 Tuesday
Julius Caesar @8.00pm
28-Dec-2016 Wednesday
Julius Caesar @8.00pm
29-Dec-2016 Thursday
Antony and Cleopatra @8.00pm
30-Dec-2016 Friday
Antony and Cleopatra @8.00pm
04-Jan-2017 Wednesday
Julius Caesar @8.00pm
05-Jan-2017 Thursday
Antony and Cleopatra @8.00pm
06-Jan-2017 Friday
Julius Caesar @8.00pm
07-Jan-2017 Saturday
Julius Caesar @5.00pm
Antony and Cleopatra @8.00pm

 

Looking to support the Sydney Hills youth performances of Cesario and Word Wrestling Entertainment on Dec 20th - 22nd, you can find out more information and purchase tickets clicking on the link HERE.

 

 


 

To access information and the performances of Julius Caesar and Antony & Cleopatra at the Leura Shakespeare Festival from Jan 14th - Jan 29th, please click 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

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About

The Sydney Hills Shakespeare in the Park is an annual event, staged in partnership with the Hills Shire Council, the Festival is a repertory season of plays produced by SfJ at Bella Vista Farm Park throughout December each year. 

The Sydney Hills Shakespeare in the Park is the brainchild of Hills residents Damien and Bernadette Ryan and was launched as Shakespeare in the Rose Garden in 2009 at the Roxborough Park Rose Garden with Damien’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Since then the festival has presented SfJ’s productions of Romeo & Juliet, As You Like It, The Taming of the Shrew and Macbeth among others; utilising big casts of professional emerging and seasoned artists, The Sydney Hills Shakespeare in the Park has become a signature event for the Hills District and an anticipated feature of the Sydney Theatre calendar.