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By William Shakespeare
Directed by Alison Walls
The Victoria University Summer Shakespeare Season

at Botanical Gardens: The Dell, Wellington
From 15 Feb 2013 to 2 Mar 2013

Reviewed by:  John SmytheLaurie Atkinson [Reproduced with permission of Fairfax Media] (The Dominion Post);

Celebrate 30 years of Summer Shakespeare!

With the Summer in the City festival in full swing, the Victoria University season of Antony & Cleopatra is shaping up to be something special. Summer Shakespeare is celebrating 30 years as an iconic feature of the Wellington arts scene, with a production starring outstanding New Zealand theatre and screen stars Carmel McGlone and Alistair Browning.

Since Summer Shakespeare began in 1983 with a production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, the not-for-profit organisation has become a theatrical institution and proudly boasts as alumni many of New Zealand's leading actors, directors and arts practitioners.

“So many great New Zealand artists cut their teeth with Summer Shakespeare,” says producer Sally Thorburn. “This anniversary is an opportunity to celebrate, commemorate and catch up with old friends.”

And Antony & Cleopatra is no different; audiences will be treated to stellar performances from household name Carmel McGlone and star of Sundance Festival hit Shopping, Alistair Browning.

Performances take place in the beautiful setting of The Dell, a picturesque picnic spot nestled in the heart of Wellington's Botanic Gardens.

Audiences are encouraged to bring a picnic and a friend along to The Dell between 15 February and 2 March to be part of this exciting milestone for Summer Shakespeare. With the force of talent assembled, they will be in for a treat, whatever the weather.

The Victoria University Season of
Antony and Cleopatra
The Dell, Wellington Botanic Gardens,
15 February - 02 March 2013
Tickets available from / Wellington i-SITE Visitor Centre / Door Sales 

Cleopatra:  Carmel McGlone
Antony:  Alistair Browning
Caesar:  Andrew Goddard
Pompey:  Gareth Ruck
Charmian:  Sharon King-Campbell
Octavia:  Martine Gray
Macaenas:  Helen McIntosh
Iras:  Hannah Wilson
Soothsayer, Clown, Lead Musician:  Emma Wollum
Enobarbus:  Benjamin Haddock
Alexas, Eros:  Ania Upstill
Lepidus, Scarus, Proculeius:  David Lafferty
Menas, Dollabella:  Chennoah Walford
Mardian:  Ingrid Saker
Menecrates, Messanger:  Shannon Friday
Agrippa, Demetrius:  Ruth Corkill
Silus, Messenger, Decratas:  Brett Reid
Taurus, Messenger, Thidias,Guard:  Tom Kereama
Ambassador, Pacorus:  Zara Mansoor
Canidius, Diomedes, Guard, Philo:  Jack O'Donnell
Attendant:  Iris Henderson
Attendant, Servant:  Philippa Biggs
Ventidius, Watchman, Selecus:  Ben Richards
Watchman:  Cordelia Black
Soldier, Mardian:  Jessica Coppell
Sentry:  Charlotte Pleasants

Director:  Alison Walls
Set, Props & Publicity Design:  Theo Wijnsma
Costume Designer:  Marly Doyle
Lighting Designer:  Matthias Mard
Assistant Lighting Designer:  Rowan McShane
Producer:  Sally Thorburn
Production Manager:  Catherine Swallow
Publicity & Marketing Manager:  Sarah Leary
Stage Manager:  Julia Campbell
Assistant Stage Manager:  Ruth Love
Front of House Manager:  Beth Goodwin
Wardrobe:  Lisa Kiyamoto-Fink, Stephen Jackson, Poppy Sinclair-Lockhart
Make-up:  Caroline MacLeod
Set Build Supervisor:  Les Meek
Set Builders:  Niell Hamilton, Jose Dulce, Achille Segard, Thomas Pepperall, Kim Bonnington
Film Documentarist:  Corey Le Vaillant
Fight Choreographer:  Peter Hassall
Musical Advisor:  Lucien Johnson
Props Maker:  Rose Kynoch
Lighting Operators:  Rebecca Sim, Jonathan Churton, Shreyasee Halder
Stage Crew:  Jessica Bukholt-Payne