Shakespeare in the street - Auburn Street

BARD'S BIRTHDAY: Steve Routley and Linden Fennamore in a scene from the Lieder Theate's production of Twelfth Night earlier this year.

BARD'S BIRTHDAY: Steve Routley and Linden Fennamore in a scene from the Lieder Theate's production of Twelfth Night earlier this year.

IF you see people strolling Auburn St on Saturday night dressed in 16th century garb and quoting Shakespeare - you are not imagining things.

This Saturday April 22 the Lieder Theatre Company will present a special evening of Shakespearian scenes and soliloquies to celebrate the Bard’s birthday commencing at the theatre at 6.30pm.

This evening will feature some of the most memorable moments from William Shakespeare’s most famous plays presented in a travelling feast of surprises and local talent.

The evening will begin at the Lieder theatre, with live music created by Marianne Powles and her Elizabethan troupe of minstrels, accompanied by special nibbles and mulled wine to warm the heart before embarking on a per ambulatory journey through the night to witness short scenes and soliloquies from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Othello. Macbeth, Henry the Fifth, The Merchant of Venice to name a few. It ends at the Goulburn Club for more feasting and a celebration his legacy.

Some of the evening’s performers will include Martin Sanders, Erin Williams, Pauline J Mullen, Steve Routley, Josh Waters, Linden Fennamore, Anthea Foley, Blake Selmes, Fiona Churchill, Shane Daly, Harrison Treble, Amanda Weeks, Jennifer Lamb and more. The journey will be accompanied by minstrels and music arranged and conducted by Marianne Powles.

This one-off presentation follows on from an unexpected successful night last year to commemorate the Bard’s 4ooth anniversary of this death in 1616. His birth records indicate that he was born on or within a day of 23rd April 1566. So, this year we celebrate his 451st birthday. 

“Any reason for a party, and knowing how much our local audiences enjoy a touch of the Elizabethan superhero members of the Lieder have embraced this opportunity to follow their recent success of Twelfth Night at the Goulburn Club to offer another taste of our favourite bits from some of his most favourite plays”, Lieder artistic director Chrisjohn Hancock said. 

The evening will start at the Lieder Theatre at 6.30pm. Please bring warm clothes and walking shoes as the event will travel through the streets towards the Goulburn Club for a final toast and cheer.

No pre-show booking is necessary, although a $10 donation would help cover costs for this special one-off celebration. For more information call the Lieder Theatre on 4821 5066 or just turn up.

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