The Australian Shakespeare Company celebrates 30 years of Shakespeare Under the Stars with the presentation of one of the historic playwright's best known and darkest tragedies: Macbeth. The play will take over Melbourne's Royal Botanic Gardens from December 21 until February 23, 2019, with performances every Tuesday through Sunday night.
A story of the conflict between morality and power, the new production features an all-star Aussie cast, including Nathaniel Dean (Alien: Covenant, The Secret River) as Macbeth and Alison Whyte (Frontline, Satisfaction) as Lady Macbeth.
The play follows the lead character as he becomes consumed by ambition, following a prophecy that he will become the King of Scotland. Together with his power-hungry wife, the murderous couple unravel into guilt and paranoia throughout the play. Patrons are encouraged to pack a picnic, nab a spot on the grass and enjoy the sunset before becoming silent witnesses to the gruesome fate of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth from 8.30pm.
As an added bonus, tickets aren't too pricy, with general admission setting you back $45–50 and gold class packages costing $90. The latter gets you a low rise chair, picnic rug and souvenir programme, plus a pre-show beverage (wine or soft drink) and intermission tea or coffee.