Ben Weston & Graeme Austin in The Two Gentlemen of Verona, 1993

Ben Weston & Graeme Austin in The Two Gentlemen of Verona, 1993

Welcome to the online home of Summer Shakespeare Wellington and the Summer Shakespeare Trust.  Summer Shakespeare has been an annual outdoor theatre event in the capital city since 1983, when students at Victoria University of Wellington under the direction of Adrian Kiernander presented A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the Victoria University Quadrangle.  For the last thirty years, Wellington audiences have been treated each year to large-scale, large-cast productions of Shakespeare in a variety of settings including the Dell in the Wellington Botanic Gardens, Civic Square, Te Papa and onsite at Victoria University.  Our productions have ranged from some of the most popular to some of the most obscure plays in the Shakespeare canon, approached with diverse concepts and staging, directed and performed by both the country’s newest talents and leading practitioners alike.  Our 30th birthday production, Antony and Cleopatra, played in the Dell during February 2013 and we look forward to returning to the Dell and to Gladstone Vineyard in February 2014 with a brand new production of Macbeth, directed by Sarah Delahunty.

On this website you can find up to date information about our current production and browse the archives to find out about our past productions.  You can also join our mailing list to be kept informed of the latest updates, or contact us to find out about auditions and opportunities to get involved.  Stay tuned also for a publication announcement about our upcoming book, Thirty Years of Summer Shakespeare Wellington.


  1. Cath says:

    Hi. I just bought online tickets that wouldn’t download (expect it’s because I’m at work) and haven’t received them by e-mail. Could someone get in touch please? Thanks

  2. Donald says:

    Where can I purchase tickets?/how much are they?

  3. Hilary says:

    Sorry to sound like an idiot, but Eventfinder doesn’t explain the different prices on the tickets – it’s just $11 and $16. What is a concession ticket?

  4. Anne Manchester says:

    Hi there crew. I have just booked for this Saturday’s performance. Looks like the weather will be ok, but is there a wet weather venue should the Wellington summer continue to let us down?

    cheers, Anne

  5. Lucas says:

    hey, do you reckon its safe to get aticket at the door for tonight (friday), or is there a good chance it will be booked out? cheers

  6. Kate says:

    Hi. Will the wet weather venue be announced on this website, Facebook, Twitter? Also I am thinking on coming to next Sunday’s performance. Are there any tickets left? Thanks. Kate.

  7. jim says:

    Can you please clarify what time Macbeth is on tonight- Sun 16th Feb

  8. Chris says:

    Hi there, I have tickets for this afternoons session on the 16th at 4pm but I am unable to attend. Can I transfer them for another evening? – Chris

  9. Hilary says:

    Hiya – I see that they have stopped selling tickets for tonight’s performance (Sunday) – can we still get door sales or have you sold out?

  10. Samantha Sharif says:

    Hi, we are looking forward to coming tomorrow night! Can we bring a bottle of wine with our picnic?? It doesn’t say anywhere (-:)

  11. acting up says:

    Great show guys. Well done. Feedback to the marketing crew though. Don’t assume everyone knows exactly where The Dell in the gardens is. Make it very clear on the webpage. Get some signs up. Tell us its in the rose garden, behind the cafe. Took us a while to find the space, and we weren’t the only ones. Make it easy for the audience to get there, not a challenge.

  12. Kapiti family says:

    We have booked tickets for Sunday 4 pm session. What time do gates open

  13. Lis says:

    HI are there many tickets left for the Saturday 1 March performance?

  14. Rose says:

    What time is the show on tonight? What time does it start/finish? Thanks

  15. Lara says:

    Hi there,

    We’re planning on coming to see the show tonight. Is there seating or do we bring a picnic blanket/chairs? Will it be safe to buy tickets on the door tonight or do you think it may sell out as it’s close to the performance closing date? If so, is there somewhere physical to buy tickets from other than event finder? (Such as the Treehouse or Rose Garden cafe). Thanks.

  16. Lisa says:

    Kia ora
    Tickets available for tonight? Can I just get at the park?

  17. Hi kind of hoping tonight will be a wet weather venue as it’s pretty bitter out there, when will we know? I have tickets booked.

  18. Maya says:

    We are thinking of going to tonight’s show, Friday 28th. We are unable to book online ticket through event finder. Is there a door sale ticket please?

  19. Janine says:

    I live right next to the Botanical Gardens and don’t have a printer but have just booked tickets for tonight. Do I have to go into town to print them off? Or can I show the ticket on my iphone?

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