Stanthorpe Little Theatre

Shakespeare under the Stars

Shakespeare under the stars will be performed at the Little Theatre in the grounds behind it.

This year we are presenting a shortened version of Hamlet, as well as several monologues from Wills favourite plays.

We are excited to be welcoming a medieval dance group who will be performing a few well researched dances during the evening.

Watch out newsletter and our website for ticketing information.

10, 11, 12, 18, 19 Nov 2023 at 7 pm

Tickets will be heavily booked all evenings, so pre booking is the best option.

If you wish to join us, check our facebook page for updates.

  In this live performance of a Shakespearean play, anything can happen.  The location, the intimacy, the atmosphere creates a moment in time for the audience that will be remembered long after the lights have gone down.

What is Shakespeare under the Stars?

Shakespeare Under the Stars is a unique way to experience theatre.  The beautiful natural backdrop of the venue mixed with being blanketed by the milky way creates a totally exceptional atmosphere to experience something just a little bit different.  We have a troupe of talented actors and an amazing play ready to transport you to a different time, all while you get to relax with local food and wine. 

Why do we perform outside?

Traditionally, Shakespeare’s plays were performed in the open-roofed Globe Theatre in London and have always had a close relationship with the outdoors.  The venue provides an unexpected, beautiful, quirky and natural backdrop for all our performances. Our theatre company and actors will interact with you, the audience, in a way that provides a unique and truly personal experience.

The History of Shakespeare under the Stars

Shakespeare Under the Stars as an event has been running for 14 seasons.  King Lear is our 15th performance in an open-air location.  Our very first performance was Midsummer Nights Dream in 2004 at Bungawarra Winery and since then we have performed a mixture of comedies and tragedies. This year, Shakespeare under the Stars is being hosted at the Granite Belt Brewery over two weekends (13 – 21 November, 2021).

What is included?

TBA closer to the event. We hope to be able to host local wineries offering their wines for you to enjoy while watching the show.

What food is available?

TBA closer to the time.

Accommodation Packages

Make a weekend of it and come enjoy all the Granite Belt region has to offer with wineries, National Parks and local produce. Accommodation is available at a variety of accommodation ideas have a look at Southern Downs and Granite Belt accommodation website.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the weather conditions usually like for Shakespeare Under the Stars?

Even though Shakespeare Under the Stars takes place in November, Stanthorpe does still get quite cold in the evening.  We suggest bringing warm clothes or even a blanket or two just in case we get some chilly nights.

What happens in the event of wet weather?

In the event of wet weather, we have our alternative venue – namely the theatre which is literally steps away. .  If it is looking ominous on the day, please check your emails as well as our facebook page for updates. 

Can I bring drinks in?

Generally, no.  There will be a variety of drinks available for purchase at the venue including local wine, and beers, as well as softdrinks and hot drinks also. You are welcome however to bring water bottles if you wish.

Can we bring our own food?

The bar at the theatre will have cheese platters and snacks available from 6.30 through to the end of interval.