Auckland Outdoor Summer Shakespeare are ramping up the festival feel with even more on offer from 14 February – 11 March 2017, celebrating their return to the University of Auckland Clock Tower. The magical, open-air venue will host two of Shakespeare’s plays, a series of sonnets, and a gallery of local artwork!
As You Like It – Bringing Glastonbury to Auckland, with a dynamic cast and live music, this blisteringly vibrant production is the must-see summer event! Benjamin Henson returns to lead a colourful, shaken up interpretation of Shakespeare’s captivating comedy. Playing evenings from 7.30pm, As You Like It is complemented by an outdoor art gallery of works by local artists, sculptors, photographers and designers, truly bringing out that festival vibe.
The Merry Wives of Windsor – With a career spanning three decades, theatre veteran Stuart Devenie (MNZM) directs a bold cast of 14 – 25 year olds from the Young Auckland Shakespeare Company. The show is set in the bubble gum era of the 1950s, when housewives ‘knew their place’ and knew how to pull the strings from behind the scenes. The Merry Wives of Windsor plays over two weekends in the afternoons before As You Like It, offering punters a whole evening of Shakespeare.
Summer Sonnet Series – The International Actors Ensemble add to the festivities, performing Shakespearean and original sonnet selections from around the globe. This early evening show enriches audiences with a multi-cultural, multi-lingual line-up on Saturday 4 and 11 March.
Since Summer Shakespeare first began in 1963, the not-for-profit charity has presented plays in almost every year, creating opportunities for students, young actors and directors to make their start, in a unique and iconic setting. Join NZ’s oldest outdoor Shakespeare production to enjoy the summer nights with As You Like It and the Summer Festival Programme.
Auckland Outdoor Summer Shakespeare Festival
14 February – 11 March
Beneath the University of Auckland Clock Tower, 22 Princes St, Auckland
AS YOU LIKE IT plays:
14 February – 11 March 2017, 7:30pm shows Tues-Sat
Tickets: $35 Adults, $28 Concession, $20 Students
THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR plays:
18 & 19, 25 & 26 February 2017, 2pm and 5pm shows
Tickets: $18.50 Adults, $12 Concession/Students
SUMMER SONNET SERIES plays:
4 & 11 March 2017, 5pm shows
Tickets: $18.50 Adults, $12 Concession/Students, $5 Child