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MEDIA RELEASE - Shakespeare in the Park kicks off 2021 ArtsGlenelg program

19 January 2021

One of Shakespeare’s best loved plays will come alive under the stars in the Portland Botanic Gardens and kick off a new calendar year of cabaret, comedy, music and more for the Glenelg Shire.

Essential Theatre’s performance of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet will take place at the Portland Botanic Gardens on 11 February from 6:30pm and will mark the first performance of the 2021 ArtsGlenelg season.

Arts and Culture Manager Susie Lyons said after almost a year since the last performance, the ArtsGlenelg team were thrilled to bring back live shows to the community.

“We are utterly delighted to welcome back our loyal ArtsGlenelg patrons, and it is perfectly fitting that we do so with a modern re-imagining of a Shakespeare classic in the picturesque Portland Botanic Gardens,” she said.

“This production is currently touring nationally to vineyards and gardens across Australia and promises comedy, suspense and drama in one of the greatest love stories of all time.”

“Performance goers are encouraged to BYO picnic rugs and low deck chairs with gates open at 6pm for a 6:30pm sharp performance.

In order to alleviate COVID queuing, we recommend pre-purchasing your tickets, however the Gardens Box office will be open one hour before show time.”

“Romeo and Juliet - Shakespeare in the Park is the first of a full season of arts and performances in the Glenelg Shire. Later in February we will host another Small Night In music event at the Portland Arts Centre with Australian blues musician Lloyd Spiegel, and welcome our first indoor live theatre performance with Lamb, a drama exploring the loves, lies and secrets of two generations of family set in rural Australia.”

“For further information and performance details, visit or call the Portland Arts Centre on 5522 2263.”

Event details:
Romeo and Juliet - Shakespeare in the Park
Portland Botanical Gardens
11 February 2021
6:30pm onwards
$25 Full Price / $15 Concession

Tickets available via or by calling the Portland Arts Centre on 5522 2263.

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