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

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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!