Shakespeare in The Park

Wednesday, 19 December 2018 | 06:30 PM

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The Sydney Hills Shakespeare in the Park is an annual event, staged in partnership with the Hills Shire Council, the Festival is a repertory season of plays produced by Sport For Jove (SFJ) at Bella Vista Farm Park throughout December each year. 

The Sydney Hills Shakespeare in the Park is the brainchild of Hills residents Damien and Bernadette Ryan and was launched as Shakespeare in the Rose Garden in 2009 at the Roxborough Park Rose Garden with Damien’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Since then the festival has presented SfJ’s productions of Romeo & Juliet, As You Like It, The Taming of the Shrew and Macbeth among others; utilising big casts of professional emerging and seasoned artists, The Sydney Hills Shakespeare in the Park has become a signature event for the Hills District and an anticipated feature of the Sydney Theatre calendar.


Experience ‘the real Game of Thrones’

Ever wondered where the inspiration for TV’s Game of Thrones came from? If you thought it could be from Shakespeare, you’re right.

To celebrate 10 summers of outdoor theatre, Sport for Jove is staging their most immersive and ambitious season yet at Bella Vista Farm: Shakespeare’s Rose Riot.

Rose Riot is Artistic Director Damien Ryan’s new adaptation of Shakespeare’s extraordinary history cycle, covering a hundred years of humanity and some of the earth’s most remarkable political thinkers and drinkers, warriors and clowns, villains, heroines and despots.

The Hollow Crown (Richard II, Henry IV, Henry V) and The Wars of the Roses (Henry VI, Richard III) will be presented as two distinct but linked productions – with audiences being able to enjoy either show as a stand-alone production or experience full the cycle by seeing both in one day.

Sport For Jove’s Artistic Director, Damien Ryan, encourages people to ‘come and see the real Game of Thrones as written by the real author’.

“Rose Riot is our own adaptation – it’s all Shakespeare’s language, but it’s our own adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s most important achievements.” Ryan said

“He spent 10 years writing his history plays – he wrote an incredible almost mythological history of a particular nation at a particular time, but he wasn’t that interested in the facts and figures, he was interested in what makes that universal. It’s about any nation at any time.”

“This incredible story goes from Richard II, the very famous English King, right through the Henry IV plays which are some of his greatest plays, some of his funniest, bawdiest, rudest most wonderful plays, through to Henry V - his most adventurous play - through to Henry VI plays, which people might not realise are the inspiration for game of thrones. They are literally taken from that story.”

“It ends with what some people say is Shakespeare’s most popular play Richard III – the great devil incarnate running amok in the world.”

“We’re telling that story, and we’ve cut it down into a thrilling fast-paced adventure and we take you on an epic journey through 100 years of history in some of his most incredible language with a pantheon of very famous characters - Henry V, Falstaff, Hal, Hotspur, Richard III, Henry VI, Joan of Arc, Margaret of Anjou, Richard II and his wife Isabella of Valois – it’s a joyous celebration and study of leadership. It’s the world’s greatest leadership spills told with knives and roses and thorns and full-blooded war,” he said.

Celebrate 10 years of Shakespeare in the Park with ‘Rose Riot’ at Bella Vista Farm this summer. Elizabeth Macarthur Drive Bella Vista - free parking is available on-site.

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ROSE RIOT - The Hollow Crown

Adaptor & Director Damien Ryan

The Hollow Crown spans the reign of the lavish and wasteful Richard II, torn from his perch by the brilliant and persuasive tongue of a true political animal, Henry IV.

December 8, 18, 19, 22, 27, 29 (at 6.30pm); and 14, 16, 23, 30 (at 2.30pm)

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ROSE RIOT - The Wars of the Roses

Adaptor & Director Damien Ryan

Shakespeare’s Wars of the Roses, the inspiration for television’s Game of Thrones, is all about glory – its splendour and its terrible price.

Dec 14, 16, 23, 30 (at 7pm); and 15, 20, 21, 28 (at 6.30pm)

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  • Saturday, 08 December 2018 | 06:30 PM
  • Friday, 14 December 2018 | 02:30 PM
  • Friday, 14 December 2018 | 07:00 PM
  • Saturday, 15 December 2018 | 06:30 PM
  • Sunday, 16 December 2018 | 02:30 PM
  • Sunday, 16 December 2018 | 07:00 PM
  • Tuesday, 18 December 2018 | 06:30 PM
  • Wednesday, 19 December 2018 | 06:30 PM
  • Thursday, 20 December 2018 | 06:30 PM
  • Friday, 21 December 2018 | 06:30 PM
  • Saturday, 22 December 2018 | 06:30 PM
  • Sunday, 23 December 2018 | 02:30 PM
  • Sunday, 23 December 2018 | 07:00 PM
  • Thursday, 27 December 2018 | 06:30 PM
  • Friday, 28 December 2018 | 06:30 PM
  • Saturday, 29 December 2018 | 06:30 PM
  • Sunday, 30 December 2018 | 02:30 PM - 07:00 PM


Bella Vista Farm, Norwest Blvd & Elizabeth MacArthur Drive, Bella Vista 2153  View Map

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