Antony and Cleopatra in the Dell, Wellington Botanic Gardens
This year’s production of Antony and Cleopatra marked the 3oth anniversary of Summer Shakespeare Wellington. Antony and Cleopatra opened on Friday 15th to a very appreciative house.
Since the first production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the Victoria University quad in 1983, Summer Shakespeare has become a theatrical institution and has kept close ties to Victoria. Summer Shakespeare boasts alumni of many of New Zealand’s leading actors, directors and arts practitioners and we think it’s time to celebrate! We’ll be celebrating the 30th anniversary with a series of special events over the weekend of 22-24 February 2013 and if you’ve been a participant in any of the past 29 productions we’d love you to join us in marking the occasion. We’d also love to hear from anyone with PHOTOGRAPHS, POSTERS, PROGRAMMES and any other material relating to any of the past shows!
On the evening of FRIDAY 22 FEBRUARY we’ll be launching our birthday exhibition in the gallery of the St James Theatre, Wellington. On SATURDAY 23 FEBRUARY there’ll be the chance to catch up with people from your production/years and a barbeque in the Dell (or at the wet weather venue – you all know what these things are like!) in the afternoon all culminating in the birthday cake! On Saturday evening you’ll get to see our 30th birthday production of Antony and Cleopatra in the Dell, directed by alumni Alison Walls and starring Alistair Browning and Carmel McGlone alongside a cast and crew of Wellington’s latest emerging talent, and there’ll be the opportunity to celebrate with them all afterwards. On SUNDAY 24 FEBRUARY there’ll be a special trip to Gladstone Vineyard, which has been the Summer Shakespeare’s Wairarapa getaway since 1998, for a fabulous meal, special entertainment and the best wine in the country. As well as the weekend’s events, there’ll be a special commemorative booklet, Thirty Years of Summer Shakespeare Wellington, featuring photos, detailed entries on past shows, and recollections from past cast and crew.
We’ll be opening official registrations early in January, but to register your interest in the meantime, please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get back to you with full information about the weekend’s programme. We’d love to hear from anyone who’s been involved in the Summer Shakespeare in any capacity, whether you’ve stayed in touch with us or not! (And please pass this news on to anyone you know who might have been involved – we have something like 1000 past-participants to locate!)
Looking forward to seeing you all the weekend of 22-24 February 2013!
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