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Theatre Performances

Productions of Shakespeare’s work that took place in Australasia in 2016

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Shakespeare Republic, based in Melbourne, has some beautiful little videos currently available.

Sport for Jove had an extensive range of education programs and performances throughout the year. This included Love’s Labours Lost at the beginning of the year, The Taming of the Shrew at Riverside Theatres, Parramatta for just 3 nights, 5-7 May, then the Seymour Centre 19-28 May, and a double bill of Julius Caesar and Antony and Cleopatra at Bella Vista Farm at the end of the year.

The Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble showed their Shakespeare’s Shorts on 23 & 24 April, and then performed Twelfth Night, directed by Rob Pensalfini, in August and September.

Bard on the Beach produced Hamlet in Avalon, Marrickville and Watson’s Bay through March and April, and then toured their production of Macbeth around regional NSW through October and November.

Bondi and Eastern Suburbs Theatre Company (or BEST Co., naturally) performed Twelfth Night outdoors in various locations on the 12, 13, 20, 21 March.

Essential Theatre, which makes it their specialty to perform Shakespeare in vineyards, tried out a national park for 2 performances of Romeo and Juliet in Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden, St Ives on 12-13 March.

The Auckland Pop-Up Globe was a theatrical and historic phenomenon that ran throughout March and April.

A rehearsed reading of Margaret of Anjou (a newly assembled conflation of Queen Margaret’s best moments) was given a rehearsed reading at Ballarat Art Gallery on Saturday 23 April. Directed by Kim Durban, and performed by the Third Years of the Arts Academy, Federation University Australia.

NUTS, the Theatrical Society of the University of NSW, staged Measure for Measure in Studio One on campus, 26-30 April.

The Australian Shakespeare Company performed Shakespeare’s Best Bits in the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne in February and March, and Measure for Measure in April, as well as a musical version of Much Ado About Nothing with their ‘Bravehearts’ youth group.

Forty-Five Downstairs in Melbourne performed The Merry Wives of Windsor from 19 April – 1 May.

Heartstring Theatre Company in Melbourne performed Coriolanus at Metanoia Theatre 27 April – 8 May.

Queensland Theatre Company staged Much Ado About Nothing from 23 April – 15 May.

Students from NIDA performed Twelfth Night and A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the NIDA theatres from 7-15 June.

Bard on the Beach staged The Merchant of Venice at the Greek Theatre in Marrickville, 17-25 June.

Margaret of Anjou , a new text created from portions of the history plays, was performed in a staged reading in Sydney on 8 July (UNSW) and 18 August (University of Notre Dame), directed by Anna Kamaralli.

Belvoir Street Theatre staged Twelfth Night, opening 23 July.

Sydney Shakespeare Company performed Romeo and Juliet at the PACT theatre in Erskinville 28 September – 9 October.

Artes Christi created a very special Hamlet event, producing the play with a cast and crew of almost 50 people for four shows only, at the Seymour Centre, 14 & 15 October.

Secret House at the Depot Theatre, Marrickville, staged the great theatrical rarity Cymbeline 5 – 15 October.

Sydney Theatre Company performed A Midsummer Night’s Dream in September-October.

Auckland Shakespeare Company created a staged version of Lucrece, directed by Rita Stone, for one week only, 26-30 October.

Montague Basement showed a double bill of Macbeth & Taming of the Shrew at PACT Centre for Emerging Artists. The Taming of the Shrew was Directed by Caitlin West, Macbeth was Directed by Saro Lusty-Cavallari. The season was produced by Imogen Gardam, and ran 29 November – 10 December.

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Images from The Tempest – Steampunked, photography by Paul M Sorauer

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