King Lear is arguably one of Shakespeares greatest tragedies. The actors “strut and fret” their hours upon the stage, illuminating the human condition of betrayal, revenge, love, ambition and murder with the story of an aged king of ancient Britain, whose plan to divide his kingdom among his three daughters ends tragically. 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?
Ticket price includes complimentary bus shuttle from central Stanthorpe pick up spots and a glossy souvenier eight page programme. Local wineries will also be offering their wines for you to enjoy while watching the show. For an extra $30 you can include Supper with your tickets.
What food is available?
Granite Belt Brewery have an Antipasto platter for 2 for $35 and a Cheese and Fruit platter for 2 for $25. These can be ordered on the night. There is also the option of adding a Shakespeare supper to your ticket which includes the choice of Pope’s Mutton – Sundried Tomato and Balsamic Lamb (DF) slow cooked and served with herbed couscous, Berber Squab – Moroccan Chicken and Apricot Tagine (GF, DF) served with saffron and pistachio rice pilaf or Mughal Stew – Tikka Masala Vegetable Curry (GFO, DF, V, VGO) Hearty curry featuring local seasonal vegetables and lentils served with steamed basmati rice and naan bread. Dessert will be served at interval and is a choice of either A Tarte of Custard or Cherry and Chocolate Torta. No need to pre-order which meal you are having. Tickets are available including supper.
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 onsite at the Granite Belt Brewery website or phone 07 4681 1370 or the High Street Motor Inn includes accommodation and coach transport to the event. You can contact them on 07 4681 1533 or see their website – www.highstreetmotorinn.com.au otherwise for 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 alternative venues. If it is looking ominous on the day, please check your emails as well as our facebook page for updates. If the venue is changed, we will provide complimentary transport from the Brewery for those who have arranged supper as well as those who have self drived or are onsite. Transport will also be included from the pickup points as per your tickets to the Wet Weather venue.
What time should we arrive if self driving?
Platters and drinks are available before hand. It is highly recommended to arrive at the venue before 7:15 to allow time for parking, checking in and finding your seats.
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?
Granite Belt Brewery offers antipasto & cheese platters as a part of the event as well a Shakespeare supper with a hot main meal with a range of dietary requirements covered and a sweet served during interval. The full menu is detailed above. A free coach is also available from Stanthorpe CBD at 5:30pm to enjoy this before the show. Please note, you are not allowed to bring in your own food except due to medical reasons. Please contact Granite Belt Brewery to discuss these.
How do we organise the free shuttle?
With your ticket purchase, there is the option to add the Free coach from the following pick-up points: High Street Motor Inn, The Piazza Maryland St, Granite Belt Motel, The Vines Motel and the Boulevard Motel. If you have booked a ticket with supper, your pick up time is approx 5:45 while if your ticket is without supper, your pick up time is approx 6:45.