Shakespeare under the stars at Cronulla and Carss Park

War and other tragedies: Richard Cox as King John in The Life and Death of King John. Picture: Adapt Media
War and other tragedies: Richard Cox as King John in The Life and Death of King John. Picture: Adapt Media

Two Shakespearean classics will be presented “under the stars” in the Sutherland Shire and St George over the next two months.

The rarely performed The Life and Death of King John and the hilarious The Comedy of Errors will be presented at Cronulla this weekend and at Carss Park on March 15.

Artistic Director, Patricia Rowling, said Bard On The Beach returns for the third year to the amphitheatre at Gunnamatta Park on February 8-10.

“We are very excited to return to the shire and present these shows,’’ Rowling said.

‘‘Bard On The Beach prides itself on being family-friendly entertainment.

‘‘We are extremely proud of our summer season of classical theatre the way it was meant to be: raw, traditional, honest, entertaining, and all while you picnic under the stars.’’

Richard Cox as Antipholus of Ephesus in The Comedy of Errors. Picture: Patricia Rowling

Richard Cox as Antipholus of Ephesus in The Comedy of Errors. Picture: Patricia Rowling

Rowling said 2019 is an exciting year for Bard on the Beach  with new venues around NSW, including Carss Park.

‘‘We are thrilled that for the first time, we will be playing the beautiful stone stage at Carss Park, near the Life Saving Hall, on March 15  with King John

‘‘As soon as we saw that stage we knew it was calling out for some Shakespeare! ”

Rowling said the two Shakespearean classics being performed during the 2019 season of Bard on the Beach are tales of family, betrayal, power and intrigue.

King John goes to war against the French after claims that his nephew should be king instead. John has conflict with the church, orders his nephew's death, and turns the nobles against himself.

In the Comedy of Errors, Antipholus and his slave Dromio go to Ephesus to find their twins after both are separated from them in a shipwreck. Their arrival in Ephesus causes a series of incidents of mistaken identity involving both sets of twins.

Bring a picnic and jacket and enjoy the shows under the stars. 

Gunnamatta Park: The Life and Death of King John and The Comedy of ErrorsFebruary 8- 10 from 7.30pm.

Carss Park: The Life and Death of King JohnMarch 15  from 7.30pm

Payment by donation only.  Minimum of $20 per person to pay the actors for their work.

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