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 over 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. We were very excited to present our 32nd production, Timon of Athens, in February 2015 – the first production of this obscure play in New Zealand in 150 years.
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 – we know it’s a couple of years late but assure you the book is on the way!