Shakespeare heads back outdoors

Last updated 11:54 15/02/2013
Shakespeare not quite in the park
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Frank Dean as Brutus and Katie Patterson as Portia, his wife, perform Julius Caesar during the opening show of Shakespeare in the Park at SIT Centrestage Theatre last night.

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Shakespeare in the Park will be performed tonight at the Queen's Park band rotunda area in Invercargill, as originally planned.

The show will start at 6.15pm.

Venture Southland event manager Angela Newell said a window of calm weather was forecast for tonight but advised audiences to bring a jacket.

Daily announcements will be made on whether shows in the park are going to go ahead.

If wet weather returns at the weekend, indoor performances will be held at the Invercargill Repertory Society on the corner of Jed and Esk streets, with shows on Saturday at 3.30pm and 6.15pm, and on Sunday at 1.15pm and 5pm.

If fine, shows will be in the park on Saturday at 3.30pm and 6.15pm and on Sunday at 1.15pm.

Meanwhile, a thrilled audience of about 200 people was entertained by a stellar performance in a double bill of Shakespeare with the opening show of the show being held indoors at SIT Centrestage Theatre last night.

The two plays were the political thriller and tragedy of Julius Caesar contrasted with the farcical comedy, The Merry Wives of Windsor. Each play was abridged to about 45 minutes.

Before the show, the audience was welcomed to, "Shakespeare not quite in the park" and apologies were made for not holding it in the park. Organisers were forced to move the show to the theatre because of forecast rain, which had already caused shows to be cancelled on Tuesday and Wednesday this week.

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- The Southland Times

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