2019 Shakespeare on the River Festival "ShakesFeare"

The 2019 Shakespeare on the River festival embraces the role of supernatural in the works of William Shakespeare. From Hamlet’s dead father to the witches of Macbeth, The Bard invoked plenty of ghosts, sprites and things that go bump in the night to frighten his audience.  The festival runs over two weeks starting on Friday 26th April with a grand opening in the Stratford Courthouse Theatre and performance by Groundwork Youth Theatre. In a big opening weekend Saturday 27th April sees The Bard’s Banquet – A Dead Man’s party , a three course meal with a Shakespearean twist. Featuring the dark comedic talents of improv troupe The Soothplayers, the night gives the banquet goers the chance to dress up in their ghoulish best and dance the night away. This is one of the highlights of the Festival, often booking out weeks in advance.

In a change from tradition the popular market day will run on Saturday May 4th, starting at three o’clock in the afternoon and running into the evening. With the return of the pop up Shakesbeer bar, two live music stages, food stalls, craft makers and artisans at work, acting workshops and medieval games on the village green there is sure to be something for everyone. Come dressed in your best medieval outfit or ghoulish garb to join in the fun of a twilight faire.


In addition to the usual theatrical performances, audiences are also invited to come join in a guided ghost tour. Explore the darker side of old Stratford town then finish with a warm spiced cider by the Courthouse Theatre fire.For tickets and all things Shakespeare visit stratfordshakespeare.com.au