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Shakespeare in the Vines

Shakespeare in the Vines

This summer Essential Theatre proudly presents Shakespeare’s famous tragedy – Macbeth at Calais Estate in the Hunter Valley.

Come and join us on the beautiful Calais Estate Winery as Essential Theatre transport us to yesteryear.

“Fair is foul, and foul is fair” (Act 1 Sc 1)

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The Tale

The cast of 8 professional actors will take you on the thrilling and dark journey that is Macbeth.

Tempted by the prophecies of three mysterious witches, and encouraged by his power hungry wife, Macbeth will do anything to be King. He is quickly lead into a nightmarish world of evil and deceit as he tries to murder his way to the throne of Scotland. Shakespeare’s rousing tragedy is filled with ferocious battles, supernatural horrors, stunning language, and some of the Bard’s most vivid characters.

From a time where people are hooked on Game of Thrones and Black Mirror, where political ambition drives decisions at any cost, Essential Theatre take it back to where it all began with this iconic character. Macbeth promises to be raw, edgy and entertaining.

Set amongst the beautiful vineyards of Calais Estate in the Hunter Valley, let yourself be taken on this journey as the sun sets, the dark night settles in and the witches come out to play!

The Company

Essential Theatre Artistic Directors Amanda LaBonte and Sophie Lampel are very proud to be celebrating their 18th summer of Shakespeare in the Vines, a tour of Shakespeare's classics to some of Australia’s most spectacular wineries and gardens. This program has grown from strength to strength ensuring the longevity of this ambitious and entrepreneurial Victorian theatre company. These passionate theatre makers re-interpret the classic texts for modern audiences delivering vibrant and engaging productions. Whether you’re new to the work of Essential Theatre or a regular audience member you are guaranteed a night to remember.

Director, Alister Smith (Multi-Green Room nominated Theatre Director and a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts ) is delighted to making his debut with Essential Theatre for this exciting production. He will be joined by the talented Chloe Greaves as costume designer, who will be returning to the company for her third production.

Recent Reviews

“high energy, tight ensemble, dynamic … don’t miss this”

  • * * * * 5 stars, Richard Flynn, Adelaide Theatre Guide

“ What a treat; a delightful tight and fast paced production.”

Stage Whispers, 2018

 

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Enjoy Shakespeare in Style with our VIP tickets.

Start with our hand-crafted sparkling wines and canapés on arrival. Tour the beautiful Estate and learn about the wine making process. Then enjoy a long lunch with matched Calais Estate wines, hosted by the owners of Calais Estate. Then settle in your VIP area for the performance with cheese and biscuits. This experience, with your performance ticket included is $195. 

 

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The Company

Essential Theatre Artistic Directors Amanda LaBonte and Sophie Lampel are very proud to be celebrating their 17th summer of Shakespeare in the Vines, a tour of Shakespeare's classics to some of Australia’s most spectacular wineries and gardens. This program has grown from strength to strength ensuring the longevity of this ambitious and entrepreneurial Victorian theatre company. These passionate theatre makers re-interpret the classic texts for modern audiences delivering vibrant and engaging productions. Whether you’re new to the work of Essential Theatre or a regular audience member you are guaranteed a night to remember.

 

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Ticket prices and inclusions: 

General Admission - $49: Picnic style seating so please BYO picnic rug or purchase one with a Ticketek Add on. Please note there is NO BYO food or alcohol.

Student General Admission - $39: Students up to 18 years old will be required to present current student ID/concession card on entry.  

VIP Lunch Package - $210:

The VIP experience begins at 1.30pm.

Enjoy Shakespeare in style! Start with hand-crafted boutique sparkling wines and nibbles on arrival. Tour the beautiful Estate and learn about the wine making process including a hands on sparkling wine demonstration. Then enjoy a 5 course degustation from the renowned Verandah Restaurant with matched wines, hosted by the owners of Calais Estate, before settling in your VIP area for the performance of ‘Twelfth Night’. This VIP package includes:

  • - Calais Sparkling wines and nibbles on arrival.
  • - A sparkling wine making session.
  • - A private tour of the Estate.
  • - A five course degustation lunch with matched wines
  • - Your performance ticket.
  • - A reserved VIP seating area for the performance
  • - A gourmet cheese and crackers plate to enjoy with the show.

Please Note: Gluten free and Vegetarian options available on request upon purchase of VIP ticket by contacting the Estate 02 4998 7654 – these requests must be made no later than 1 week prior to the event. 

Gourmet Picnic Hamper (no entry)- $119: Please note: This Hamper serves two and this ticket is for a hamper only – A separate entry ticket will need to be purchased to gain entry to this event.

Hamper Includes:  - Olives  - A selection of cheeses with handmade condiments and biscuits  - gourmet dip  - Bread rolls  - cold meats  - x2 Salads  - Desserts  - Bottles of water  - A bottle of Estate Wine (your choice of red or white wine) - x2 picnic wine glasses *This will all be presented in a cooler bag which is yours to keep.

Please Note: Menu may change subject to availability but will be similar and of equal quality. Gluten Free and Vegetarian available on request upon purchase of Hamper – simply contact Calais Estate on 0400 747 072 – these requests must be made no later than 2 weeks prior to the event.

 

Important Information

Gates open at 4.30pm for General Admission – live music, food and drink will be available.

The VIP experience begins at 1.00pm.

The performance will commence at 6.00pm. Food and Drinks will be available throughout the performance. Calais Estate offers a number of catered hospitality packages that include food & beverages along with a ticket to the concert. Or, if you prefer something more relaxed, there will be have a food and beverage stalls available to purchase from on the day.

Calais Estate and its outdoor concert amphitheatre is a fully catered venue and there is Strictly NO BYO food and drink. Unopened bottles of water are permitted. No umbrellas are to be used throughout the performance. Chairs are permitted however the venue is on a hill so they will be restricted to the back of the seating area. The performance will go on if wet weather presents and will be moved into the Calais Estate Barrel Room.  

Event Terms and Conditions

The concert will go ahead rain or shine.Calais Estate is a fully licensed and catered venue. Food and beverages will be for sale at the venue. Patrons may not bring their own food or drinks. No cameras or recording equipment permitted. The food listed above on the VIP luncheon and Hampers are subject to change due to seasonal availability. If they do need to be changed, something of the same quality and value will be added instead. Disabled access is available however, this is limited so please phone Katrina to discuss your requirements before purchasing tickets on 0400 747 072.

 

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