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Auckland Shakespeare In the Park 2017


Tue 7 Feb 2017, 7:30pm–10:00pm
Wed 8 Feb 2017, 7:30pm–10:00pm
Thu 9 Feb 2017, 7:30pm–10:00pm
Fri 10 Feb 2017, 7:30pm–10:00pm
Sat 11 Feb 2017, 7:30pm–10:00pm

Where: The PumpHouse Theatre, Killarney Park, Takapuna, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adults: $27.00
  • Seniors: $22.00
  • Children: $15.00
  • Students: $21.00
  • Additional fees may apply

It’s Shoreside Theatre’s 21st continuous season of Auckland Shakespeare in the Park and for these special celebrations the company has chosen two of Shakespeare’s popular comedies, Love’s Labour’s Lost and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

The company specialises in presenting Shakespeare’s plays as true to Bard’s original text and era as possible including fabulous Elizabethan costumes.

The plays are performed outdoors during January and February in The PumpHouse Amphitheatre as the summer’s day gives way to dusk and then evening.

Running time for a Shakespeare in the Park play is usually around 2 hours plus interval. (Length of interval is dependent on the size of the audience on any given night but usually between 15-20 mins)

Shoreside Theatre is also offering a great discount if you book a season pass – for both shows.

Book a Season Pass for Both Shows or for each show separately.

Love’s Labour’s Lost
Directed by Carol Dumbleton

King Ferdinand and his three companions, Berowne, Dumaine and Longaville swear an oath that for three years they will reject the world’s pleasures, including women and commit themselves to a life of study. Some hope! Trouble soon comes in the form of The Princess of France and her three ladies in waiting.

Shakespeare delights in upholding and then unravelling an unrealistic vow and mischievously suggests that study of the opposite sex is the highest of all academic endeavours. There is laughter during the play, arguments and music.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Directed by James Bell

The festivities of Midsummer’s Eve and Midsummer Day were traditionally occasions when fairies and other sprites made themselves visible to humans - though the quaffing of great amounts of rough cider may have had some bearing on that!

The play has four interwoven plot lines but the unifying thread is the approaching wedding of the Duke of Athens and the Queen of the Amazons. A thoroughly love-tangled quartet get very worked up and there are some rustic comic characters and assorted fairies and woodland sprites.

Shakespeare masterfully combines the resources of the theatre with the realities fantasies and mythologies of everyday life.

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