14 January 2020

Pialligo Estate the dream venue for Shakespeare by the Vines

| Ian Bushnell
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The Glasshouse at Pialligo Estate

The Glasshouse will be transformed into an intimate setting for an up close and personal performance. Photo: File.

A free season of Shakespeare’s otherworldly romantic comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream is coming to Canberrans next month, but if you’re prepared to pay for a little more love and want to avoid the hoi polloi then Shakespeare by the Vines is for you.

Shakespeare by the Vines at Pialligo Estate on 27 and 28 February offers a dinner and theatre event like no other in Canberra, says Lakespeare & Co, which already has six free dates locked in at four outdoor venues.

For the price of your ticket, enjoy a world of wine, food, fairies and fun, set in the stunning Glasshouse space at Pialligo Estate with sunset views of the olive grove, and nearby vines and orchards.

“Just minutes away from the city’s centre, join us for a glass or two of crisp Canberra wine, a plate or four of amazing local produce, take in the venue’s high glass walls, lush gardens, glorious natural light and immerse yourself in a bespoke, bold and vibrant performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” organisers say.

“In 2018 Lakespeare gave you one story: the goings-on in Leonato’s household in Much Ado About Nothing. In 2019 we gave you two stories: separated twins crashing into Illyria’s madness in Twelfth Night.

“And in 2020 we have chosen the comedy of Shakespeare which gives you three stories: the trials of four young lovers trapped in a forest, the tension between Fairy Queens Oberon and Titania and the ordeal of a group of wanna-be artisans (the mechanicals) attempting to stage an ancient play. Feuding families, parental control and magical madness mix together in Lakespeare’s third summer season.”

Lakespeare says support for this unique event will help the theatre company continue to bring quality, accessible theatre to Canberra’s summer parks in future years.

A Midsummer Night's Dream cast

The cast from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Photo: Supplied.

Three Shakespeare by the Vines packages are available:

  1. Pre-show Dinner & Wine in the Pavilion restaurant: 6:00 pm two-course meal from a selected menu and glass of wine – early bird special of $105 pp (ends 25 January, normal price $110).

  2. Pre-show Nibbles at 6:00 pm – Charcuterie featuring signature award-winning Smokehouse products with bread and pickles with a single glass of Pialligo Estate bubbles or wine – early bird special of $75 pp (normal price $80)

  3. Pre-show Nibbles for Two at 6:00 pm – Charcuterie featuring signature award-winning Smokehouse products with bread and pickles with a bottle of Pialligo Estate bubbles or wine – early bird special of $140 for two (normal price $150).

Drinks can be purchased pre-show, intermission and post-show, and there will be a range of themed food offerings available on the night.

Tickets to these boutique shows on Thursday, 27 February 2020 and Friday, 28 February 2020 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm are limited, and for more information and bookings go to the Pialligo Estate Events Page. Early bird specials apply until 25 January.

Tickets to the free shows 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.

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.

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

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