Dates and times
All Shows 7:30 pm start
Season runs from Saturday 23 January to Saturday 20 February 2021. See the calendar below for specific show dates
The PumpHouse Outdoor Amphitheatre
Adult - $25.00
Child (Under 15) - Free (*)
Students and Seniors - $20.00
Groups 6+ - $22.00 ea
Friends of The PumpHouse - $20.00
(*)Free tickets for children under 15
To celebrate 25 years of Shakespeare in the Park, Shoreside Theatre are offering free tickets to children under 15 years of age.
Children must be accompanied by a paying adult with a maximum of 3 free tickets per booking.
For Health and Safety reasons, everyone in the theatre must hold a ticket - so please book your free tickets when you book the rest of your seats.
Each booking attracts a Booking Fee of $5.00 per booking and a Card Processing Fee of 2.5%
Avoid booking fees by joining Friends of The PumpHouse
How to get tickets
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IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE (18/2/2021):
Due to level 2 restrictions, all bookings for Auckland Shakespeare in the Park are now at full capacity.
If you purchased tickets for this weeks shows, you will have received an email from us detailing transfer/refund options.
Thanks for your understanding and patience!
As the summer evenings settle, enjoy traditional presentations of two of Shakespeare’s finest plays performed outdoors in The PumpHouse Amphitheatre.
Now in our 25th season, Shoreside Theatre’s Auckland Shakespeare in the Park is presented by a company of professional and community actors, production crew, enthusiasts and supporters with the aspiration to stage real Shakespeare. As always, both plays feature fabulous costumes and passionate performances.
Directed by James Bell
Indecision, revenge and retribution, deception, ambition, loyalty and fate lie at the core of arguably Shakespeare’s most famous tragedy. Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, has multiple woes.
The ghost of his father haunts Elsinore; his uncle, Claudius, has married Queen Gertrude, his mother, and assumed the throne; and Fortinbras of Norway threatens Denmark with an invading army.
Hamlet’s complexity, philosophical richness, the unforgettable language and imagery of Hamlet’s soliloquies offers an incomparable portrait of a brilliant but tortured Renaissance scholar whose world has been destroyed.
Much Ado About Nothing
Directed by Jason Moffatt
Love, verbal-sparring, villainous schemes and mistaken identity are delightfully interwoven in Much Ado About Nothing, which brings us the unforgettable romance of Beatrice and Benedick, surely Shakespeare’s best loved romantic duo.
Returning from the wars, Don Pedro, the Prince of Aragon, and his retinue arrive at the home of Leonato, the governor of Messina. Amongst Don Pedro’s companions are Benedick, a sworn bachelor, and Claudio, a young nobleman smitten with Leonato’s daughter, Hero.
Love and masquerade, wit and warfare, perception and reality – all collide in one of Shakespeare’s cherished comedies.
Both Much Ado About Nothing and Hamlet finish at approximately 10:30 pm.
Bring a School Group
Auckland Shakespeare in the Park is the perfect outing to bring your students to.
Education groups receive a special group rate, the option to pay by invoice and a dedicated contact at The PumpHouse to make sure the process goes smoothly. To book a school or education group please visit https://pumphouse.co.nz/whats-on/children/book-school-group/
About The PumpHouse Amphitheatre
The PumpHouse Amphitheatre is tucked in behind the French Rendez-vous Café building next to The PumpHouse main theatre. Access is via the courtyard stairs adjacent to the main theatre. Wheelchair access to the amphitheatre is via a path on the park side of the complex.
Tickets to performances in the amphitheatre are general admission i.e. seating is ‘first come first served’. The amphitheatre has tiered wooden bench seating. Seats do not have back support. If you require a seat with back support please advise the ushers when you arrive at the venue. They will do their best to provide a chair for you in the back row. Similarly, if you have any other special requirements, e.g. mobility access assistance, please see one of the ushers when you arrive.
Audience members often bring cushions to sit on for greater comfort and blankets in case the evening cools down towards the end to the show. If the mozzie’s are biting this summer, it might a good idea to have repellent on hand.
Sorry, BYO alcohol isn’t permitted under our Liquor License, but the French Rendez-vous Café Satellite Bar will be open!
In the event of persistent bad weather a performance may take place inside the main theatre. If the weather looks changeable, bring a raincoat and something waterproof to sit on. If there’s a passing shower, the performance may go ahead outdoors as planned. If a performance is cancelled, tickets may be transferred to another date in the season without incurring a transfer fee.
? This event is General Admission, which means you cannot pre-book a specific seat. You can choose where to sit when you enter the theatre.
Shoreside Theatre was established in 1976 beginning as two separate entities: Milford Playhouse Incorporated and Milford Little Theatre. We love to help anyone interested in theatre to participate or develop their skills. We produce “Shakespeare in the Park” every summer.