Lovers of all things Shakespeare will not want to miss Shakespeare By The Bay when it returns to Sandgate for the ninth time at the end of the month.
The beloved Bard returns on September 30 and October 1 with plays, readings, talks and fun for the whole family.
Shakespeare By The Bay is part of the wider 4MBS Brisbane Shakespeare Festival running September 17 to October 1 and now in its 11th year.
Introduce your children to the Bard at the Sandgate Library with Kids Classic Shakespeare on September 30 at 11am. The free event will include Shakespeare stories adapted for the littlies, performed by local actors.
Afterwards visit the Sandgate Town Hall at noon for Shakespeare: When in Rome…, a two-hour event directed by Jan Black.
Travel back to ancient Rome for play readings of Shakespeare’s classic dramas, Antony and Cleopatra and Julius Caesar. Actors from the Brisbane Shakespeare Festival troupe will perform the readings with commentary and music.
The main festivities will kick off on Sunday, October 1 at Einbunpin Lagoon Park with a spectacular Shakespearean swordplay by Prima Spada at 1.30pm.
At 2.30pm make yourself comfortable and watch the play Julius Caesar, directed by Beth Child. Based on true tales from the time of the Roman Empire, Shakespeare’s classic tragedy explores persuasion and politics.
4MBS Shakespeare Festival producer Gary Thorpe says 4MBS Classic FM likes to make the great classics accessible to everyone.
“ Last year was the 400th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare, and he is still the most performed playwright in the world,’’ Gary says.
“Since bringing the 4MBS Shakespeare Festival to Sandgate nine years ago, it has become an important part of the cultural life of many residents.
“The Kids’ Classic Shakespeare introduces children to some of the famous characters and stories in a fun way, but they are also captivated by the full production in the park.’’
For full festival details visit www.4mbs.com.au