The theme for the inaugural season of the Australian Shakespeare Festival is getting over your Shakes-fear!
The programme of events makes Shakespeare accessible for everyone by presenting his works as play, opera, revue, music and film. Whether you are a newcomer or a die-hard Shakespeare-lover, you will be able to explore and enjoy Shakespeare in all these different guises.
For three weeks in August (9 -29), audiences in Hobart can indulge in an experience unlike anywhere else in the world, with the opportunity to see a world-class selection of events. It is the only Australian festival about Shakespeare.
The Festival is being organised by the University of Tasmania’s Conservatorium of Music in partnership with the Government of Tasmania and is one of the flagship events for Tourism Tasmania’s new campaign ‘Lumina – A Winter of Festivals’.
Local, national, and international lovers of Shakespeare are gathering in Tasmania for this extraordinary and exciting festival.
Whether you are an afficianado or newcomer, there is something to suit everyone’s tastes. As Rosalind says in As You Like It, “can one desire too much of a good thing?”
The 2010 main events include:
Sir John in Love – This classic adaptation of Shakespeare’s Merry Wives of Windsor as an opera, performed with a live orchestra.
Comedy of Errors – Shakespeare’s classical comedy performed as a live radio broadcast and the audience is invited to participate.
Shakespeare in Music – An exciting mix of orchestral, opera and incidental music inspired by Shakespeare, performed by the Tasmanian Discovery Orchestra.
Shakespeare Jazz and Sonnets – Shakespeare’s finest poems are brought to life with jazz and contemporary music pairings, starring British actor Rob Clare.
Shakespeare Sung– The words of Shakespeare’s strongest women – Portia, Queen Margaret, Lady Macbeth and Cleopatra – are combined with music, voice, theatre and stunning visuals in a fusion of contemporary performance.
Shakespeare and the Modern Operative – A tribute to Sir John Dankworth and Dame Cleo Lane.
The Shakespeare Revue – has its Australian premiere at the ASF and one of the writer/directors from the original West End and off-Broadway show is recreating his production.
Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Sir John In Love – a brilliant, comic-operatic version of Shakespeare’s Merry Wives of Windsor.
She had immortal longings – is contemporary theatre at its most poetic; dramatic opera in miniature and receives its world premiere at the inaugural Australian Shakespeare Festival. Sung by Helen Noonan, acclaimed opera singer, it features five of Shakespeare’s most extraordinary women – Portia, Titania, Queen Margaret, Lady Macbeth and Cleopatra.
The ASF Film Festival will have a broad appeal with its provocative offering of ten old and new cinematic versions of five Shakespeare plays.
The Australian Shakespeare Festival will be an annual event.
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