13 January 2020

A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare - Lake Burley Griffin

| Lakespeare & Co
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Shakespeare by the Lakes III: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, one of Shakespeare’s most loved comedies, is presented by Lakespeare & Co. (Taimus Werner-Gibbings, Lexi Sekuless, Duncan Driver and Paul Leverenz), an independent theatre company on a mission to make high-quality theatre more accessible.

Our summer shows are FREE for everyone and fun for all. They bring the community together and provide an enjoyable, family-friendly event for all ages.

Shakespeare by the Lakes III: A Midsummer Night’s Dream will transform the Patrick White Lawns. Wander past, find a place, grab a glass of champagne, a cup of coffee and some delicious food from the onsite Food Trucks or get a big group together, bring your picnic blankets and baskets, and soak up the serenity.

While most of our fans bring blankets, we recognise that some prefer to be seated – but remember to BYO comfy chairs!

You can make a difference by putting up a poster in your work kitchen. The only thing better than enjoying FREE Shakespeare is enjoying it with a group of friends. (Downloads: High-Resolution Poster |Medium-Resolution Poster)


While we are STILL are on the lookout for a major sponsor (is that you?), we are always reliant on the generosity of those who can afford to donate. The number of shows we can lock-in will depend on final corporate sponsorship, public donations and community interest via show registrations. We are below-target for corporate sponsorship this year which is unfortunate, so your donations are more important than ever. Please register for the event as this helps us communicate with you and show demand to sponsors. When you do there is an option to donate at the same time. For Shakespeare by the Lakes II: Twelfth Night, 300 generous Shakespeare fans donated online and another 300+ donated at the performances.

For convenience, we include the Eventbrite donation option with every performance. All the money raised is used to pay for the entire season of Shakespeare by the Lakes III.

Show information

  1. Unless there is torrential rain, the show goes on. We invite our audience to enter into the joy and fun of what nature might bring and be open to a variety of experiences. There is no such thing as bad weather, there is only the wrong clothes.
  2. Chairs are only allowed in designated areas. So everyone can see, chairs will necessarily be set back from the main playing area.
  3. So everyone can see, umbrellas are not to be used during the performance. Patrons should use hooded rainjackets or ponchos.
  4. Lakespeare & Co. reserves the right to add or remove performances, change venues and/or alter the start times of events. Of course, we only do this for good reasons and give you as much warning as possible 🙂

Season Partners & Sponsors

SBTL III is only possible with the support of Events ACT, Southpoint Shopping Centre, Icon Water, MLC Finance Canberra and McDonalds Tuggeranong. And we can’t thank Communities@Work enough for providing wonderful rehearsal space and Tuggeranong Rotary Club for all their ground support at the event. And our hotel partner: The Diplomat Hotel. They look after all our guests and provide rehearsal space. Finally, the Canberra Business Chamber and Riot Act! are tremendous partners, too.


In 2020 you will once again see costumes designed by the wildly talented Fiona Victoria Hopkins from the House of Gesuarda.

The Details

What: Shakespeare by the Lakes III: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Where: Patrick White Lawns, Parkes
Date: 22nd & 23rd February 2020
Time: Food from 3:30 pm, show from 4:30 pm to 6:45 pm
Cost: FREE – but bookings are essential
Register: Register your place here today!


Why register if the show is free?

You don’t need a ticket to get into this show. However, booking gives us an idea of numbers, helps us plan our site and audio requirements and enables our vendors to cater accordingly. We can also keep you updated regarding the show.

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

There is parking near the National Library and Questacon.

What can I bring into the event?

Please bring sunscreen, a rug, friends, family and food. A chair if you want to go in the chair zone. A blanket if it looks cold. We have vendors, too, who can provide a range of sweet and savoury food options, coffee and alcohol.

Can I bring my pooch?

Well behaved and friendly dogs add to the atmosphere of our event. We love it. However, if any dog is involved in any disruption to the performance or other patrons, then Lakespeare & Co. requires the owner to remove the dog sufficiently far from the event area such that there is no longer any disruption. Lakespeare & Co. will not arbitrate doggy disputes and expects owners to take responsibility for keeping the event great for other patrons.

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