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Shakespeare in Gloucester Festival

Ode to the Bard in its 15th year at Gloucester



Our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.

(As You Like It)


The Shakespeare in Gloucester Festival has been held in the Gloucester region of NSW since 1998. This lively community-run cultural event and draws support from across the region to celebrate the universal themes of the Bard’s work.

For the 2013 Shakespeare in Gloucester Festival, Newcastle’s Tantrum Theatre will perform the romantic favourite Romeo and Juliet. But be prepared for something different, the players have given Shakespeare’s timeless classic a contemporary Australian work-over, revisioning its setting in a 1970’s campground by the sea.Every year the Capulets descend: claiming their turf with a mega-tent, a greasy Weber, and an Esky fat with beer. Every year, the local boys, the Montagues, skirt around the camp ground, protecting their home ground while keeping one eye on the girls and one eye on the surf. Every year, teenagers get restless, family feuds simmer, and someone falls in love for the very first time. But this year, things are hotter than usual. This year, things feel dangerous. This year, a Montague boy meets a Capulet girl… and their love is set to explode.

The festival features an Elizabethan fair, medieval banquets and plenty of theatrics. The township of Gloucester is set in a scenic National Trust-listed valley and just out of town, the Avon River befittingly winds around this picturesque area.


Schedule for Saturday 09 March 2013

  • Elizabethan Faire and Farmers Market: 8.30am to 1.00pm in Billabong Park, Denison St
  • GACCI Players matinee performance Shakespeare’s Got Talent: Doors open 9.45am; show 10.00am
  • Tantrum Theatre matinee performance Romeo and Juliet: Doors open 12.45pm; show 1.00pm
  • Bell Shakespeare Masterclass: Twelfth Night. 2.30pm-4.30pm (at Gloucester High School Auditorium)
  • Tantrum Theatre performance with dinner Romeo and Juliet: Doors open 5.30pm, meal from 5.45pm; show 8pm



Date: 7- 9 March 2013

Event details: here

Tel: 02 6558 1408


Web: Shakespeare in Gloucester Festival