Shakespeare in the Vines 2018

The Tale

After a raging shipwreck, Viola finds herself washed ashore, separated by her twin brother, Sebastian, and alone on the beach of Illyria.  This town is familiar, but somewhat strange - a dreamland where music is the food of love, and nobody is quite what they seem.    To survive, Viola immerses herself into this new land. She discovers a melancholic Duke, a pair of jovial drunkards, a sullen servant and cross-dressing lovers.  Mischief ensues - hearts are tangled, pranks are played, and poor Viola finds herself right in the middle of a love triangle!    We invite you to join in the journey with Viola, be delighted by some unforgettable characters and thrilled by the adventures that this strange yet wonderful land has to offer.     Shakespeare beautifully balances the anguish of unrequited love, and the high spirit of clever comedy in this hilarious tale, Twelfth Night. With 22 performances across 5 states from December through to March this is sure to be a unforgettable summer of Shakespeare. 

high energy, tight ensemble, dynamic … don’t miss this* * * * 5 starsRichard Flynn, Adelaide Theatre Guide 

“ an excellent performance, one of the best I have seen..full of action and energy, the ensemble clearly enjoyed themselves, and that excitement spilled over into the audience.”  Audience member, NSW  

The Company

Essential Theatre Artistic Directors Amanda LaBonte and Sophie Lampel are proud to be celebrating their 16th summer of Shakespeare in the Vines, a tour of Shakespeare's classics to some of Australian wineries and gardens. These passionate theatre makers re-interpret the classic texts for modern audiences delivering vibrant and engaging productions. Whether you’re new to the work of Essential Theatre or a regular audience member you are guaranteed a night to remember. 



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