Our annual Shakespeare on the River Festival runs each April/May in Stratford, Australia. The festival has created an enduring Arts legacy for Stratford that showcases community, professional theatre and the broader Arts scene.

The Festival has grown to include over twenty different events being performed over a two-and-a-half week period. The people of Stratford, The Festival management team, the best artists from around the region, and guest Melbourne and Sydney based professional companies will take you on a culturally engaging journey back in time.


To view our 2016 Festival program, be sure to head to our events & performances page


what's on

We are celebrating 400 years since the Bard's death with a Comedy Carnivale. 2016 is a little more traditional - but all in good jest, of course!

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A grand variety of traditional arts and crafts, food and beverages, fresh produce, together with exhibitions and display 

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The Masq. ball

An evening to dress up, sup on Duart's sumptuous Italian delicacies & dance the night away to the smooth sounds of The Soultanas 

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the two Gentlemen of verona

 A bawdy, romantic romp with enough declarations of love, girls in disguise, and lover’s betrayals to put The Bachelor to shame

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