Shakespeare in the Otways Spring Trilogy
William Shakespeare Returns to the Otways in 2017
17 July, 2017
Tickets go on sale today for a new series of Shakespeare performances to be staged around the Otways in iconic outdoor locations this spring.
Produced by Otway Country to Coast Tourism Association and Regional Development Victoria, Shakespeare in the Otways: 2017 Spring Trilogy will feature three of the most-loved and celebrated of William Shakespeare’s works.
First in the trilogy will be the comedic classic A Midsummer Night’s Dream on 21 October, 2017 which will be performed against the majestic rainforest setting of The Otway Fly Treetop Adventures by local production company Skin Of Our Teeth Productions. Noted for works such as Richard The Third, and Pride and Prejudice, Skin of Our Teeth is an award-winning production company specialising in presenting contemporary and accessible theatre for actors, directors, writers and theatre-makers.
The next in the series is the enigmatic fantasy The Tempest, to be performed at Australia’s oldest working lighthouse - the Cape Otway Lightstation on 4 November. Presented by Sly Rat Theatre Company, this production will combine the spectacle of ballet, the tragedy of opera, the delight of clowns and stunning visual effects, redefining what an outdoor Shakespeare event can be!
Finally, the primal passions and timeless themes of Romeo & Juliet will be staged amongst the beauty and romance of the vines at Otway Estate on November 18. Also performed by Sly Rat Theatre Company, Romeo & Juliet promises drama, love and tragedy as the sun sets across one of the most scenic parts of the Otways.
Lower-priced, early-bird tickets can be purchased from today for as little as $35, with additional discounts available if tickets to all three performances are purchased as a series. Children under 5 years are free., with additional discounts available if tickets to all three performances are purchased as a series. Children under 5 years are free.
Shakespeare in the Otways was conceived in response to the economic downturn resulting from the Great Ocean Road bushfires in 2015. Liz Price, General Manager of Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism Board said ”these events provide yet another outstanding opportunity for visitors to enjoy our region. The three plays will delight all ages and be a great addition to the region’s annual events calendar” she said.
This opportunity has been made possible by Regional Development Victoria and has been actively supported by the Colac Otway Shire and Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism.