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AS YOU LIKE IT, directed by Lori Leigh, auditions will be held in October this year!

We invite performers 18+ from all walks of life to audition for the Wellington Summer Shakespeare production of AS YOU LIKE IT, to be staged in the Botanic Gardens February 2022.  We are especially interested in queer and non-binary performers for this contemporary, ensemble-based production.

In line with our kaupapa of enhancing Wellington’s emerging talent, this year we are offering an honorarium for mentoring performance roles, as well as character and ensemble performance opportunities. 


Actor Mentor Role auditions: October 1, 5.30pm – 10pm, October 2 10 am – 5pm

General auditions: October 23 & 24 10am – 5pm

All Actor Mentor Audition applications are due by Thursday, September 30 at 5pm

All General Audition applications are due by Wednesday, October 20 at 5pm

Applications for auditions can be made via filling out our Google form HERE

Contact Jo Marsh at for more information.

Summer Shakespeare seeks Youth Trustee

Become the next Summer Shakespeare Trust Board Youth Member!

Are you:

  • Passionate about Shakespeare, theatre, and/or large-scale outdoor arts events?
  • Interested in upskilling in arts organisation governance? 
  • Keen to contribute your unique skills and voice?
  • Excited to network and collaborate with a team of board professionals?
  • Able to commit to a minimum of 12 months service?

If this sounds like you, read below for more information.

Trustee Role Description

Summer Shakespeare Wellington has been producing an annual production in Wellington since 1983. 
The Trust Board is seeking youth trust board members to work with the existing board to guide the organization into its next phase.
We are looking for individuals with a knowledge of or excitement for theatre, paired with an interest to learn more about governance and arts administration. We welcome  individuals from diverse and complementary backgrounds.


Wellington Summer Shakespeare was first staged in 1983 featuring punk fairies and other facets of early 80s Wellington student culture.  Produced originally by the Victoria University Drama Club and since 2000 produced by the Summer Shakespeare Trust, Wellington Summer Shakespeare is now celebrating more than 35 years of performance.

Over the years, Wellington Summer Shakespeare has seen well known national and international artists (both on and off stage) and has been a springboard for many up-and-coming creatives. We’ve also moved the Bard into various, mainly outdoor, environments; from the University Quad, the Dell in the Botanic Gardens, the steps of the Sacred Heart Cathedral to Gladstone Vineyard and twice  even into carparks: the carpark at Te Whaea: National Dance & Drama Centrein 1999 and the Reading’s Carpark in 2018. Following the closing of the Drama Club, the Summer Shakespeare Trust has taken on a much greater governance role in the organising of each production. 

For more information on Summer Shakespeare, check out our the rest of our website.

The Role

The Trust Board is comprised of up to 12 individuals, who govern the organisation and support the General Manager/ Producer and Director to produce and stage a production in February each year. 
Successful candidates must be available to attend regular monthly board meetings, complete tasks in between and participate in occasional working meetings in between. 
All trustee roles are unpaid voluntary positions.  

HOW TO APPLY: To register your interest in becoming a Summer Shakespeare Youth Trustee, please email with  an Expression of Interest (in any form you choose), outlining:

  • relevant contact details
  • why you want the position
  • relevant skills and/or experience (a CV is welcome if you have one)

Applications close 28 March 2021. 

Summer Shakespeare Wellington announces break in production, will return in 2022

The Summer Shakespeare Wellington Trust Board are announcing that they are taking a hiatus from producing their annual production. 

Covid-19 has disrupted all parts of society, and Summer Shakespeare Wellington Trust Board considers there to be too much uncertainty and risk in the current climate to make a 2021 production viable. 

The Trust Board will take the opportunity of a break in production to consider its future direction. The Board will consider alternative models of working that best support its values and ensure a sustainable future for an annual production from 2022 onwards. 

The Board is dedicated to the role that Wellington Summer Shakespeare continues to play in the development of young theatre makers, as well as those more established, as it supports them in their endeavours to produce full length Shakespearean productions of high quality.  

Summer Shakespeare Trust is thankful to its loyal supporters who continue to buy tickets, volunteer, and share a picnic each year as they delight in Summer Shakespeare under the stars.

A call for Directors’ pitches and crew for the 2022 production will be made in early 2021 for a production in the Dell, Wellington Botanic Gardens in February 2022, with auditions for actors to be held in mid-late 2021. 

The Summer Shakespeare Trust has staged an annual production in Wellington since 1983. 

To keep up-to-date, follow Summer Shakespeare on social media and keep an eye on our website 

Get tickets to Midsummer Nights Dream

Summer Shakespeare presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Shane Bosher.

Love turns the world upside down. Clothes and social skins are shed, nice people turn nasty and imaginations run riot.
Expect ferociously beautiful poetry, robust physicality, anarchic invention and a donkey, as Shakespeare’s oh-so-magical play is brought to life this summer.

This year we bring Summer Shakespeare indoors to The Basement Theatre, Te Whaea.
Bring your playful selves, and be prepared for a theatre experience like no other. No picnics this year, but we have our very own Mocktail Bar!

See more about this year’s production.

Thursday 13 – Saturday 29 February 2020
7pm performances, except Sundays 4pm. No performances on Mondays.

Te Whaea National Dance and Drama Centre
11 Hutchison Road, Newtown, Wellington.

$25 Adults 
$15 Concession

Buy Tickets

Shane Bosher- Director
Shane has been a director, actor, dramaturg and producer for the last twenty years. Following training at Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School, he has worked for most of New Zealand’s major theatre companies including Auckland Theatre Company, Downstage, Court Theatre, NZ Actors Company and Circa Theatre. He was Artistic Director of Silo Theatre from 2001-14. He now works between New Zealand and Australia, recently directing the NZ premiere of Homos, or Everyone in America, Delicious Oblivion and Cock at Circa Theatre.

Get tickets to All’s Well That Ends Well

Tickets are now available at

Renowned actor and director Peter Hambleton will helm the 2017 Summer Shakespeare, All’s Well That Ends Well. For the first time in 20 years, our venue will be Wellington’s iconic Civic Square.

Further information:
– Dress Warmly
– Bring a cushion or blanket
– Coffee and snacks available at intermission.


Antony and Cleopatra

Antony and Cleopatra

Carmel McGlone and Alistair Browning star in this year’s production which runs in the Dell, Wellington Botanic Gardens Feb 15-Mar2.
Photo courtesy of Antony Kitchener

Buy tickets to Antony & Cleopatra

Buy tickets to Antony & CleopatraTickets now on sale for Summer Shakespeare’s 30th Anniversary production of Antony & Cleopatra! The season runs from 15 Feb to 2 March 2013 at The Dell, Wellington Botanic Gardens. Click the link to buy now! See you there…

The Victoria University of Wellington season of “Twelfth Night”

“If music be the food of love, play on”

One of Shakespeare’s most romantic and hilarious comedies. Directed by Melanie Camp

Twelfth Night tells the story of Viola, a young woman shipwrecked in the country of Illyria who decides to dress as a man to make her make her way in the new land. She comes to serve the lovesick Count Orsino in his courtship of Lady Olivia, who instead falls for the fetching young go-between. Along the way, we met Sir Toby Belch and other riotous court characters, as well as that officious steward, Malvolio.

Melanie Camp’s production, set by the seaside in the 1920s, promises to be a sassy, mischievous affair of colourful costumes and lively music. From raucous comedy to swooning romance, Twelfth Night swings through the many moods of love and life with wit and laughter.

BYO Picnics highly recommended

Gladstone Vineyard, Wairarapa, 9-11 February, 5:30pm

The Dell, Wellington Botanic Gardens, 17 February-3 March, 7pm (no show Mondays)
Matinee performances, Sunday 19 and 26 February, 4pm
Tickets $15 Full/ $10 Concession
Bookings through Downstage Theatre: Phone: 04 801 6946/
Door sales on the night (eftpos available)

In case of wet weather, check back here for updates and venue changes

2012 Director and Play Decided

The director and play for the 2012 season of Summer Shakespeare has been decided and will be announced on this site very soon!