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16th Annual Shakespeare in Gloucester Festival

The Shakespeare in Gloucester Festival, now in its 16th year, and tickets are selling fast. This annual cultural event is a major item on the Gloucester events calendar and it’s the longest running festival of Shakespeare in NSW. On Saturday night 10 May, theatre-goers are encouraged to wear Elizabethan fancy dress for the chance to win prizes on the night.

The Merchant of Venice

Newcastle’s Stooged Theatre Company returns to Gloucester for the first time since 2010 and will be presenting the classic Merchant of Venice. Stooged Theatre has won several CONDA Awards and Committee Chairperson Maureen Hjorth is thrilled about their return. “They’re a very capable and experienced ensemble and director Carl Young will not fail to impress” said Maureen. The Merchant of Venice is a romantic comedy about a young yet broke noble wishing to woo a beautiful and wealthy heiress. The story revolves around the financial wheeling and dealing that results as Bassanio pursues the beautiful Portia.

When | Friday 9 May – Saturday 10 May
Cost | Friday with supper $52
Cost | Saturday matinee $35
Cost | Saturday with dinner $67

Canned Hamlet

The performances by the GACCI Players will again offer some rollicking good fun with the hilarious spoof Canned Hamlet

When | Thursday 8 May – Saturday 10 May
Cost | Thursday $5
Cost | Saturday $5

Bell Shakespeare Workshops

Bell Shakespeare Theatre Company will again offer their popular workshop-style sessions.

When | Friday 9 May – Saturday 10 May
Cost | Friday $15
Cost | Saturday $15

Medieval Village Green Elizabethan Faire & Farmers Market

New artisan stallholders and more food selections too. Entertainment includes wandering minstrels, street performers, palm reading, archery, kids’ games, face painting, hair braiding and a jumping castle that looks like a real castle.  Jousters from the Barony of Mordenvale will do battle near the rope bridge, Albion Fair Morris Dancers – Traditional Olde English dance, plus much more.

Where | Billabong Park
When | Saturday 10 May
Time | 8.30am to 1pm

For more information and to book your tickets go to | www.shakespeareingloucester.com.au

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