Monday, December 17, 2012

Shakespeare in the Park, 2013

Just a reminder that Shakespeare in the Park is on again in January - they are presenting Much Ado from 4 Jan until 2 Feb at Kings Park, Perth. It's always a good night out and the company needs our support!

Here's what Paige Newmark says on their Facebook page:

Shakespeare WA’s 2013 season of Shakespeare in the Park will feature the Bard’s funniest comedy of relationships, Much Ado About Nothing, 4 January to 2 February 2013. Tickets are on sale now at . A great Christmas Gift!

Much Ado About Nothing will be set locally in Western Australia, at the end of the Second World War. A ‘Shakespeare meets Dad’s Army’, this hilarious war of the sexes will delight audiences with its mixture of star-lit romance, scheming rogues, and the silliness of the Home Guard.

Our fun-filled and uproarious comedy will be presented at Kings Park and Botanic Garden under the artistic direction of Paige Newmark. The cast will feature the award-winning actress Hannah Day, who is newly arrived from Scotland to play Beatrice, as well as David Davies, who returns to Perth to play Benedick after working with the Bell Shakespeare Company and running his own GB Shakespeare Company in the UK. WA audiences will be delighted to see Sam Longley once again performing at Shakespeare in the Park as the hapless Dogberry, along with a host of Shakespeare WA favourites, Stephen Lee, Sean Walsh, James Hagan, Claire Munday, and Nick Maclaine. We are pleased to welcome Garreth Bradshaw from Upstart Theatre and Marko Jovanovic, as well as newcomers Geordie Crawley, Sophie Lester, and Jordan Holloway to this year’s production. As in past years, our production is designed to appeal to both the classical theatre market and Shakespeare-newcomers alike, as we seek to keep the plays as fresh and relevant as they were when first performed 400 years ago.

In other unique and exciting initiatives planned for 2013, Shakespeare WA will present:
1) An interpreted performance for WA Deaf Society that will be signed by Auslan interpreters;
2) An audio described performance for the Association for the Blind of WA, including the blind and visually impaired community.

Shakespeare WA is thrilled to be continuing its partnership with Australian energy company, Santos, which has extended its long-term support of the arts in other parts of Australia and is now making a difference to the cultural life of the WA community. This season is made possible through its generosity. Shakespeare in the Park is a smoke-free event proudly sponsored by Healthway promoting the Act-Belong-Commit message.

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  1. Saw it! Benedick is amazing and totally stole the show. He has so much energy and did some amazing things. But he also has an amazing voice and it an intense actor so the serious scenes were good too. Most of all - he was hilarious!! His name is David Davies and if you google him, most of his work is in the UK which is a shame. It would be great if he were based here because he is the best actor Perth has ever had!!!

  2. Yes, it was a great show all round! I reviewed it for Artshub - you can read my take on it at