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.  This year saw Macbeth and we are very excited to be presenting the seldom-seen Timon of Athens in February 2015!

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 Jackson says:

    Hi. This is a plea that you move to the indoor venue tonight (fri 13) if it looks at all dodgy, which it is starting to on the south coast. I sat in the pissing rain for three hours last year, and while it was an excellent production it’s not an experience I’m keen to repeat!

  2. Linda says:

    Please can you confirm if the play will be inside or outside tonight (Fri 13)


  3. Brian Pearl says:

    How does one go about changing tickets to an other night because of tonights weather

  4. Bridget says:

    Due to the weather is it possible to transfer a ticket I have bought to a different night please? :)

  5. Jenny Langton says:

    Hi there

    Are you still able to bring a picnic to the indoor venue? (and is alcohol permitted?)


  6. Hazel says:

    Can you bring a well behaved dog to the performance

  7. Hazel says:

    Thank you 😄

  8. Bec says:

    can you purchase tickets at the event?

  9. Steve Bell says:

    Is there any seating, or do we bring our own? And will you have an eftpos machine at the tiacket office?

  10. Steve Bell says:

    ..Should be “TICKET office’ (in my last comment)

  11. Chris says:

    are tickets still available at the ticket office for tonight’s (25/2) show?

  12. Wendy Collings says:

    Last night we paid at the “door”, so of course no tickets were issued. What’s the story with getting in another night? We might be able to make it Saturday night; do we just turn up and explain about being rained off?

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