29 December 2019

Lakespeare in plea for sponsors as free Dream performance dates unveiled

| Ian Bushnell
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Marni Mount as Hermia, Katerina Smalley as Titania

Cast members Marni Mount as Hermia, Katerina Smalley as Titania. Photo: Esh Photography.

A free six-performance season of A Midsummer Night’s Dream over two weeks in February has been unveiled by Lakespeare & Co but the theatre company itself is in need of some sponsorship love to make it all happen.

Lakespeare & Co opens Shakespeare by the Lakes III: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, appropriately enough, on Valentine’s Day, 14 February, at Tuggeranong Town Park.

They will also return to Glebe Park in the City and the National Library’s Patrick White Lawns, but will add for the first time the Kambri at ANU Amphitheatre to the list.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of Shakespeare’s best-known works and this production focuses on three parallel stories: the trials and tribulations of two sets of lovers camping in a magical forest, the world of two sparring Fairy Queens and their minions, and a group of would-be artisans attempting to stage an ancient play.

Lakespeare & Co says its outdoor production will thrill new and returning audiences as it explores the play’s universal theme of love and its complications.

“It will be bold, vibrant and glorious fun for everyone,” the company says.

But with the recent loss of a major sponsor, Lakespeare is calling for a new corporate partner or partners to take Shakespeare by the Lakes III to all its Canberra park performance spaces and its expected audiences of more than 8000 across the season.

“Lakespeare & Co is a not-for-profit association on a mission is to make quality theatre accessible to all Canberrans. While the Canberra community’s interest and enthusiasm for Shakespeare by the Lakes continues to grow, sponsorship support from Canberra’s corporate community has unfortunately not grown with it, ” it says.

Lakespeare is particularly keen to see its Tuggeranong performances prosper in a park setting by the lake perfectly suited to outdoor productions.

The company has also launched a new website www.lakespeare.com where people can download a free e-poster to spread the word.

The free tickets are available through Eventbrite at www.lakespeare.com. Bookings help Lakespeare & Co and food vendors tailor the event to the size of the audience, enhancing the experience for all.

To inquire about sponsorship opportunities, email lakespeare.events@gmail.com.

14 February 2020 – Tuggeranong Town Park, 6:30 pm
15 February 2020 – Tuggeranong Town Park, 6:30 pm
16 February 2020 – ANU Outdoor Amphitheatre, 4:30 pm.

Week 2
21 February 2020 – Glebe Park, 6:30 pm
22 February 2020 – Patrick White Lawns, 4:30 pm
23 February 2020 – Patrick White Lawns, 4:30 pm.

The expected running time of performances is 120 minutes, including interval.

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