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Shakespeare in the Vines
04/01/2019 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm$55
The cast of eight professional actors from Essential Theatre will take you on a spell binding ride, as Voyager Estate transforms into the magical land of Athens in Shakespeare’s clever comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
On a Midsummer’s night, four young lovers find themselves wrapped in the dream-like arms of an enchanted forest where sprites play and fairies rule. While a feuding Fairy King and Queen are at war, their paths are crossed by Bottom, Quince and their bumbling mates presenting a play within a play.
Leading mischief-maker Puck is on-hand to ensure that the course of true love is anything but smooth, and games of fantasy, love and dreams ensue in Shakespeare’s most wondrous comedy. This play has been loved for over four hundred years and continues to weave it’s spells world wide.
Shakespeare in the Vines is a performed in front of the Voyager Estate Cellar Door, where the performers move around the audience in an intimate performance.
You are invited you to bring your low rise chair and picnics and enjoy dinner on the manicured lawns before or during the performance. As this is a licensed event, BYO alcohol is unfortunately not permitted. Wine and Sparkling Grape Juice will be available at the Voyager Estate Wine Room, in addition to bottled water. You will receive a complimentary wine glass to use at the event and also take home with you.
The gates will open at 6.00pm and the performance will begin at 7.00pm sharp. The performance has two halves of approximately 50 minutes each with a short intermission.
Mark Wilson (Romeo & Juliet and Macbeth) is delighted to be returning to the company to direct Shakespeare’s most popular comedy. Mark has a wealth of experience performing and directing Shakespeare, and brings a keen eye to this enchanting and romantic tale. We also are very pleased to welcome experienced designer, Laura Hawkins, to the company to weave her magic amongst the land of Athens.
Essential Theatre Artistic Directors Amanda LaBonte and Sophie Lampel are very proud to be celebrating their 17th summer of Shakespeare in the Vines, a tour of Shakespeare’s classics to some of Australia’s most spectacular wineries and gardens. This program has grown from strength to strength ensuring the longevity of this ambitious and entrepreneurial Victorian theatre company. These passionate theatre makers re-interpret the classic texts for modern audiences delivering vibrant and engaging productions. Whether you’re new to the work of Essential Theatre or a regular audience member you are guaranteed a night to remember.