Shakespeare Under The Stars Celebrates 30th Anniversary with Powerful New Production of Macbeth
“When I directed an indoor play I thought: “This is crazy. I want to do shows outdoors.” Elston makes it his mission “to get the audience and actors out of a black box and set it on the lawn.” He says the Melbourne climate offers a great opportunity to develop more outdoor theatre. For Elston there is an added excitement in outdoor plays: “You just can’t predict what it’s going to be like. I thought it would be more fun to play with the environment - trees, bushes, lake. They offer a beautiful setting.”
Drawing on and developing inspiration from this article 30 years ago, no one can dispute that The Australian Shakespeare Company has pioneered an iconic form of theatre in Australia. Performing in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane, Darwin, and in regional and remote areas ranging from Thursday Island to Beswick Falls (Arnhem Land), these productions have been seen by hundreds of thousands of theatre lovers, often spanning generations.
Celebrating in style, this year The Australian Shakespeare Company is proudly presenting a compelling new production of the Bard's greatest drama; 'Macbeth'.
'Macbeth' is the tale of one man’s ill-fated journey. After receiving a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland, the heroic General is consumed by ambition and spurred into action by his power-hungry wife. 'Macbeth' fulfils the forecast by killing the King and then taking the throne. However, wracked with guilt and paranoia both he and his murderous wife’s lives slowly unravel, leaving them to suffer their fate. What’s done cannot be undone...
Starring Nathaniel Dean (Ridley Scott’s 'Alien: Covenant' and 'The Secret River' for the STC) as Macbeth and the much-lauded actor Alison Whyte in the infamous role of Lady Macbeth, this summer The Australian Shakespeare Company unleashes a visceral new production of Shakespeare’s darkest tragedy in the inspiring surrounds of the Royal Botanic Gardens. It's a potent tale of morality versus power.
Bring a friend or the whole family, arrive early and grab a spot on the grass, then enjoy a dusk stroll through the gorgeous gardens. Unpack a picnic or have gourmet food delivered as you settle in to watch the sunset... and let the intrigue begin.