This website was created because of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Events to mark the date were taking place all around the world, and so it felt important that Australia have some place to go where people could find out what was happening near them or get ideas for things to do. I also wanted it to survive as a record of what happened throughout this year, in case anyone in the future is curious.
Of course, Shakespeare never stops, so despite the anniversary year having concluded there is lots more going on, looking ahead. Productions of Shakespeare already scheduled for the following year include…
Sport for Jove are doing Julius Caesar and the much less often performed Antony and Cleopatra, in rep.
Genesian Theatre presenting Much Ado About Nothing.
Bard on the Beach programming Romeo and Juliet and The Merry Wives of Windsor in rep.
Melbourne Theatre Company has including a production of Macbeth in their subscription season.
MOST excitingly, The Puzzle Collective’s SuperHal!: the superhero origin story of Henry V swooping in in March (with a bonus of the fundraiser Shakespeare Cosplay Cabaret on 28 January at the Red Rattler).
And there are bound to be many more. Artists will always continue to perform Shakespeare, because the work will continue to give us the expression we need of our most intense experiences of being human.
Thank you to everyone who has sent me contributions to this site over the course of the year. The site will no longer be updated, but will remain up so the links and resources stay active, and I hope also to act as an archive of what went on throughout this year in Australasia. Our Facebook page will stay available whenever anyone wants to share comments or events.
The breadth and variety of shows and events this past year, to which our nearly 100 posts stand testament, are proof of the passion and ingenuity of the many people in Australia and New Zealand who use Shakespeare’s work as a conduit for the things we feel driven to say. It has been a pleasure and privilege to watch.