PREVIEW: MIDSUMMER DREAM: Australian Shakespeare Company Takes the Bard Outdoors

The Australian Shakespeare Company (ASC) is gearing up for an enchanting open-air production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. From April 9th to 28th, Shakespeare's beloved comedy will take residence in the picturesque Belvedere Amphitheatre of Sydney's Centennial Park, promising a unique theatrical experience under the stars.

Director Glenn Elston OAM reimagines this classic with a contemporary lens, ensuring its themes of love, confusion, and societal pressures resonate with today's audiences. This production, already lauded for its "whimsical" and "engaging" nature in London's Kew Gardens, promises fresh interpretations and laughter-filled moments for theatregoers of all ages.

The play's familiar narrative unfolds amidst the lush greenery of the park. Feuding fairies, lovestruck couples, and a troupe of bumbling actors weave their tales together, creating a fantastical tapestry set against the backdrop of the twinkling Sydney sky. Elston emphasizes the immersive nature of the experience, telling this blog, "We've reimagined the play in a way that makes it even more accessible and in step with today's world. It's a wonderful experience to enjoy art and nature together under the stars."

Beyond the performance itself, the setting adds another layer of magic. Patrons can bring their own picnic baskets or indulge in pre-show refreshments, creating a festive atmosphere under the open sky. High and low chairs are available for rent, providing comfort during the two-hour performance.

This production comes on the heels of the ASC's successful run of A Midsummer Night's Dream in London. Critics praised the "delightful" production, highlighting its modern interpretations and ability to engage both adults and children. The Sydney adaptation promises to capture the same charm and accessibility, making it a perfect outing for families and theatre enthusiasts alike.

Whether you're a Shakespeare devotee or simply seeking a fun and unique evening out, A Midsummer Night's Dream under the stars offers something for everyone. Tickets are now on sale, so gather your loved ones, pack your picnic blanket, and prepare to be transported to a world of enchantment amidst the iconic Centennial Park.

Dates: April 9th – 28th

Location: Centennial Park, Belvedere Amphitheatre

Times: 7pm (gates open 2 hours prior)

Tickets: Adults $55-$115, Concession $45-$105, Child $25-$35


This is a great opportunity to experience Shakespeare's timeless comedy in a fresh and magical setting.