Shakespeare Festival at Old Government House

Two of Shakespeare’s best-loved plays will light up Sport for Jove’s Summer Season. Sport for Jove’s Artistic Director Damien Ryan will direct a tumultuous and youthful Romeo & Juliet and Christopher Stollery will direct a side-splitting take on the riotous Twelfth Night filled with music and mayhem.

Romeo & Juliet:

It takes a village to kill a child.

The existential crisis facing our world today, the product of a lack of practical leadership from our earth’s elders, has triggered a deafening chorus of ‘How dare you!’, screamed from the heart of our planet’s youth. And it’s not just about climate issues. What can children teach us in their struggle to be heard?


Sport for Jove’s furiously energetic new production of Romeo & Juliet is characterised by a true vision of today’s youth – the rarely seen innovation of actual teenagers playing the play’s children – Juliet, Romeo, Paris, Mercutio, Benvolio, Balthazar, all aged 14-18, and surrounded by an extraordinary cast of experienced players, gives this production an authenticity and honest rawness, danger and the genuine awkwardness of youth.


Director Damien Ryan’s production carries us to a backcountry Verona, a profoundly insular town, trapped in cycles of tradition and vendetta, staring out at the future with a moral pollution at its heart. Only its children’s courage to express themselves will bring change. With the mad blood stirring, two young lovers meet and set in motion the most iconic love story of all time, that of Juliet and her Romeo.


Join us under the stars in our 11th Summer Season for this heart-stopping production of the star-crossed lovers.



Twelfth Night:

Better a witty fool, than a foolish wit.

The twelfth night is the last day of the Christmas cycle, a night of madness where the world turns upside down, where grief and joy and laughter and tears are all one. When mere mortals have the power to choose who they are, what they believe in and who they may love. In this rollicking production from director Christopher Stollery, music and mayhem will fill the summer night.


When Viola is shipwrecked on a strange land, desperate at the loss of her twin brother Sebastian, she disguises herself as a boy to survive. The inevitable ensues with the silliness of mistaken identity, foolish love connections, and a witty fool.


On her mad, joyous, romantic journey to rediscovering herself and finding her twin, she will change the people of Illyria forever, bringing just the right amount of chaos, and just the right number of weddings.


Don’t miss your opportunity to devour this delightful comedy in the open air this summer.


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Old Government House


Parramatta Park, Pitt Street Entrance
Parramatta 2150 NSW


Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 4pm
Last entry 3.30pm


16 December 2019 - 26 December 2019
New Years Day
Good Friday

There will be no car access to Parramatta Park due to scheduled events:
• 14 December 2019
• 31 December 2019
• 11 January 2020
• 18 January 2020
• 26 January 2020

(02) 9635 8149
Entry Fees:

National Trust Members – FREE
Adult - $15
Concession/child - $10
Family - $35
Children under 5 years - FREE

Entry to Old Government House AND Experiment Farm Cottage (valid for one month)
National Trust Members - FREE
Adult - $21
Concession/child - $15
Family - $51
Children under 5 years - FREE

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