THEATRE: Shakespeare in Gloucester Festival

WORDS MAN: William Shakespeare.
Nanjing Night Net

THE Shakespeare in Gloucester Festival, now in its 16th year, has become the longest established Shakespeare festival in NSW.

As well as having performances by Newcastle’s Stooged Theatre of the Bard’s The Merchant of Venice, the festival from May8 to 10 will include performances by Gloucester’s GACCI Players of Canned Hamlet, a one-act spoof of one of Shakespeare’s best-known plays, workshops on the staging of Shakespeare’s plays by the Bell Shakespeare Theatre Company, and a Saturday Elizabethan Faire and Farmers Market in Billabong Park (just two blocks down Denison Street from the performance venue, the Gloucester Soldiers Club auditorium).

The Merchant of Venice will have daytime school performances on Thursday and Friday, May 8 and 9, with the first public performance on the Friday offering a supper that includes a ploughman’s platter at 7pm, and the show beginning at 7.30pm. Tickets are $52, senior and student 18-plus concession $42, and child under 18 $43.

There will be two performances on Saturday, May 10: a matinee at 1pm ($35, concession $30, child $15), and an evening show, which includes a dinner option, with the dinner at 6.15pm and the show at 8pm ($67; performance only $42).

Theatregoers are encouraged to wear Elizabethan fancy dress for the chance to win prizes. Bookings for the shows can be made at shakespeareingloucester南京夜网.au or on 65581408.

The GACCI Players will present two performances of Canned Hamlet at the Soldiers Club: on Thursday, May 8, at 8pm, and on Saturday, May 10, at 10.30am.

The show’s publicity notes state that life ain’t easy for Hamlet. His father is a ghost, his mother is an adulterer, and he cannot make it through a soliloquy without being interrupted.

Tickets are $5 and can be bought online or at the door.

The Bell Shakespeare workshops are at Gloucester High School Hall, in Ravenshaw Street, with public workshops on Friday and Saturday from 2pm to 4pm. Tickets (adult $15, school student $5) can be bought online.

The Saturday Elizabethan Faire and Farmers Market runs from 8.30am to 1pm, with the entertainment including jousting knights, wandering minstrels and archery. There will also be a fancy-dress competition for primary school children, with prizes for the best-dressed knight and princess.

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