Upcoming Events

Bard’s Birthday Lunch 2022

23 April, 12 noon – 2pm, at Circa

Quest speaker Carolyn Henwood ~ Remembering Shakespeare & Ray at Circa.

Details and booking form here

SGCNZ National Shakespeare Schools Production 2021

Tragedy. Corruption. Rebellion. Love. Honour. Redemption.

Romeo & Juliet. Measure for Measure. Henry IV Part I.

Experience Shakespeare’s works and themes take on a new light; 48 students from around Aotearoa join together to present a selection of scenes from these plays.

Thrill in their performance – the culmination of 5 half days of rehearsals with esteemed directors Mel Cook, Tom McCrory and Jonathon Price, workshops led by remarkable tutors and an inspiring adventure around Wellington.

This is not old school Shakespeare – this is exhilarating SGCNZ National Shakespeare Schools Production.

Saturday 9 October 7.30pm,
Sky Stadium- Wellington 
Book Tickets Here


Dance Nimble Soles 2021

All soles danced nimbly on Wednesday night at SGCNZ Dance Nimble Soles! A sensational range of performances inspired by different cultures and styles combined to form a dynamic and delightful evening for all!

Participants ranging from ages 9 to 89 led the audience on a trip around the world via dance, music and drama, all interpreting Shakespeare’s works in exciting and enchanting ways.

Thank you so much to everyone who took part!


Photo by Brian Scurfield, Memory of Light Photography.
More photos will be available soon. Availability will be announced on our social media. 

Dance on Dance Nimble Soles!

Wednesday 28 July 2021, 7pm, Lower Hutt Little Theatre

Covid has again plagued Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand’s Dance Nimble Soles. Last year NZ was midst Level 4 Lockdown when it was supposed to be on. This year, Level 2 in Wellington had a similar effect – of cancelling the performance.

However, a new date has been secured in the Lower Hutt Little Theatre of 28 July. Most of the same performers will be there, with additions from the multicultural and Pasifika groups at Upper Hutt College, and some of its Year 13 male students fighting their way through a scene from Romeo & Juliet.

Dancers from Caraka Seni Dance Academy will perform a traditional Indonesian dance reflecting Shakespeare’s “…look to the plate”, also from Romeo & Juliet, while performers from the Sri Lankan Dance Academy will also contribute an item again this year.

A team of young backstage crew, led by Josh Weigman, from Kuranui College will be brought over by Juanita McLellan from Wairarapa alongside physical theatre actors under the influence of the fairy dust over their performance based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and dancers in another scene.

Among the SGCNZ Alumni, Katie Boyle and Alexander Sparrow will perform from their delightful Merry Wives of Windsor, while Joel Rudolph and Florence Cater will sing, including her own compositions.

Have a brief taste of scenes from the seldom-performed play, Troilus & Cressida, which is interpreted addressing current issues, directed Maddie Brooks Gillespie, with students from Wellington High School.

“These, and other ‘offers’, prove just how universal Shakespeare is, both internationally and in arts genre; his works speak, with or without words!”, said SGCNZ CEO, Dawn Sanders.

The evening will conclude with Doris Humphrey’s beautiful Air for the G-String, performed by Fiona Arbuckle, Anne Rowse, Dawn Sanders, Hannah Scott-McNeill and Jennifer Shennan, with special acknowledgement to Louis Solino. The music will be played live on cellos by students from Hutt Valley High School, taught by Gary Wilby.

“These our actors [dancers and musicians], as I foretold you, were all spirits, and are melted into air, into thin air”  ~ The Tempest, Act IV sci


Venue: Lower Hutt Little Theatre, 2 Queen’s Drive, Hutt Central, Lower Hutt

Date: Wednesday 28 July, 2021 7.00pm

Tickets: $20 Adult, $15 Concession and SGCNZ Adult Friends, $10 Student, $8 SGCNZ Student Friends

Bookings: iTicket.co.nz booking fees will apply

Fleetingly off the foot – Dance Nimble Soles has been kicked to touch! Owing to Covid Level 2 in Wellington we have sadly had to cancel this event. Watch this space in case we can reschedule!!!
Keep safe and well❤️

For obvious reasons, last year’s Dance Nimble Soles was ‘scotched’. However, people all around the globe danced their way through Lockdown. Whether on streets, at the end of driveways, on verandas and balconies or in living rooms, every style of dance imaginable, (or unimaginable), continued to help provide enjoyment, fitness and expressive outlets.

From Wellington, the Buchanan Family (Jack is an SGCNZ Alum), with their lively dance routine, went viral internationally! Dance classes of every genre graced our screens.

As part of its 30th celebratory year, Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand is providing the opportunity of taking this year’s Dance Nimble Soles onto the stage of the Lower Hutt Little Theatre on 24 June.

“Over the past 450 years, Shakespeare has been translated into over 140 languages, turned into operas, songs, orchestral work, ballets and contemporary dance,” remarked SGCNZ CEO, Dawn Sanders, “Here is another chance to pivot and reimagine the Bard in dance of any which way.”

Choreographers can create a Shakespeare inspired 3-10 minute dance item of any type, culture, ethnicity or style, with a brief description reflecting the chosen Shakespeare play and/or characters. Casts may have from 2 up to 40 performers. There are no age limits. In addition to dancers, these may include actors, singers, musicians.

Live musicians are welcome. However, the music must be original, out of copyright, or from the APRA/Creative Commons/Free Music Archives.

Although spoken words may be incorporated, it is first and foremost a dance work… “dancing shoes with nimble soles” Romeo & Juliet

The previous programme included Sri Lankan Dance, NZSL, contemporary and even VR Presentations.

We look forward to seeing the ‘… imaginary forces work!’

For Criteria & Registration Form click here. Due 15 June 2021.
Entry Fee: $10 per person or SGCNZ Group Friends Membership $110
Enquiries to dawn@sgcnz.org.nz or 027 283 6016

Venue: Lower Hutt Little Theatre, 2 Queen’s Drive, Hutt Central, Lower Hutt
Date: Thursday 24 June, 2021 7.00pm (Rehearsals in the afternoon).
Tickets: $20 Adult, $15 Concession and SGCNZ Adult Friends, $10 Student, $8 SGCNZ Student Friends
Bookings: iTicket.co.nz booking fees will apply

SGCNZ National UOSWSF Tickets on Sale Now!

Experience the extraordinary talent of students from around NZ as they present their innovative and creative interpretations of the Bard’s work.
Delectable bite-size 5 and 15 minute performances will capture your imagination and bring Shakespeare to life in new and fascinating ways.
Click here for tickets
Times & Dates:
5 June – 9.30am-5.30pm Scene Performances
6 June – 9.00-5.00pm Scene Performances;
             – 7.00-9.30pm SGCNZ YSC Performance, Competition Prize-Giving, Scene Awards Ceremony
Venue: Michael Fowler Centre, Wakefield St, Wellington
Enquiries: 027 283 6016
For the full programme of events including the performance schedule click here

 Bard’s Birthday Dinner 2021

Come and celebrate
Shakespeare’s 457th Birthday
Wellington Shakespeare Society’s 89th Birthday
Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand’s 30th Year
Unveiling of the Globe Theatre Hangings at James Cook 30th Anniversary                             

Guests welcome!

Bubbles or juice on arrival followed by a delicious buffet dinner, with touches of Shakespeare throughout, and an address by Janice Campbell QSO & Colin Macintosh QSO.

Date:                Friday 23 April 2021 6.00pm

Venue:             Grand Chancellor James Cook CentraThe Terrace, Wellington 6011

Cost:                $75 per person

RSVP by 13 April 2021

Download the invitation and RSVP form here.


SGCNZ University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival

Each year, SGCNZ holds 24 Festivals nationwide, in which secondary-age students, from 11 to 19 years old, perform 5- and 15-minute scenes from Shakespeare’s plays, set in any time, place, ethnicity and attire – though definitely in Shakespeare’s words, in English or translated!

Come and support your regional students as they showcase their creative and innovative adaptions of Bard’s work!

An outstanding 5- and a 15-minute scene from each region will be chosen to perform at the National Festival and participate in the workshops, tours, talks and more held in Wellington over Queen’s Birthday weekend at the Michael Fowler Centre and other locations within the city.

2021 is SGCNZ’s 30th Anniversary Year and we look forward to celebrating the extraordinary talents of our participants, alumni, supporters, donors and friends at this and our many other events throughout the year.



Rotorua / Lakes
Sat 27 March 11am
The Thurston Theatre
John Paul College Performing Arts Centre
Door sales $10 Adults, $5 Students

Canterbury ki te Raki
Sat 27 March 1.00pm
Middleton Grange School
Door sales $5 General admission

Sat 27 March 2.00pm
Te Raukura o Kāpiti, Kāpiti College
Door sales $5 General admission

Nelson / Tasman / Golden Bay
Sat 27 March
Nayland College
Door sales $5 General admission


Canterbury ki te Tonga
Sun 28 March 1.00pm
Christchurch Boys’ High School
Door sales $5 General admission


TaranakiMon 29 March 11.30am
TET King’s Theatre, Broadway, Stratford
Door sales $5 General admission


Tuesday 30 March 6.30pm
Southland Girls’ High School
Door sales $5 General admission


Tai Tokerau    
Wed 7 April 4-9.00pm
Kamo High School
Door sales $5 Adults,   $3 Students

Bay of Plenty 
Wed 7 April, 6pm
Mt Maunganui College Hall
Door sales $5 General admission


Thurs 8 April, 1pm
Geraldine High School
Door sales $5 General admission

Auckland Central    
Thurs 8 April 4.30pm
Diocesan School for Girls,
Door sales or iticket.co.nz $10 Adults, $5 Students


Auckland Central    
Fri 9 April 5.45pm
Diocesan School for Girls,Door sales or iticket.co.nz $10 Adults, $5 Students

Auckland North
Fri 9 April 6.30pm
Albany Junior High School Performance AuditoriumDoor sales


Auckland Central  
Sat 10 April 9.00am
Diocesan School for Girls,
Door sales or iticket.co.nz $10 Adults, $5 Students

Auckland North
Sat 10 April 10.15am
Albany Junior High School Performance Auditorium
Door sales

Auckland South & East 
Sat 10 April 12.30pm (Briefing for cast & crew from 10am)
Botany Downs Secondary College
Door sales $10 Adults, $5 Students /Unwaged

Sat 10 April 5pm
Malborough Girls’ CollegeDoor sales $12 Adults, $7 Students

Waikato    Sat 10 April
Hamilton Boys’ High School
Door sales $8 Adults, $5 Students


Auckland West 
Sun 11 April 9am – 8pm
Dove Theatre, Kristin School,
Door sales $10 Adults, $5 Student and Child

South Waikato (Matamata-Piako)      
Sun 11 April 2.00pm
Taupo-nui-a-tia College Hall
Door sales $10 Adults, $5 Students

Whanganui / Manawatu / Rangitikei
Sun 11 April
Feilding High School
Door sales $5 Adults,   $2 Students


East Coast    
Tues 13 April 7.00pm
Unity Theatre
Door sales $10 Adults, $5 Students

Tues 13 April 7.00pm
Wairarapa College Hall
Door sales $6 Adults, $4 Students

Tues 13 April 7.00-9.30pm
Wellington East Girls’ College Hall
Door sales or iticket.co.nz $14 Adults $7 Students
SGCNZ Friends $12 Adults, $6 Friends


Weds 14 April 7.00-9.30pm
Wellington East Girls’ College Hall
Door sales or iticket.co.nz $14 Adults $7 Students
SGCNZ Friends $12 Adults, $6 Friends


Hawke’s Bay   
Thur 15 April 5.30pm
Repertory Theatre, Napier

Buller / West Coast  
Thur 15 April, 7pm
Art Hotel Westport
Door sales $10 Adult, $5 Student


Thur 15 April
King’s and Queen’s High School Performing Arts Centre
Door sales $5 General Admission

Thur 15 April 7.00-10.00pm
Wellington East Girls’ College Hall
Door sales or iticket.co.nz $14 Adults $7 Students
riends $12 Adults, $6 Friends


SGCNZ is extremely sad to report that it has been necessary to cancel today’s event, Shakesbeer in the Garden, owing to the effect in Wellington of the raising of the Covid Lockdown to Level 2.

We are very grateful to facilitators of the event, Southern Cross Tavern and Garden Bar and the Garage Project and collaborators, Playshop and Mr Wizowski, as well as our own Interns, Volunteers and staff (of 2,) for their efforts towards endeavouring to make this much needed fund-raising event for SGCNZ happen. We are very upset that it can’t.

Thank you to all who planned to attend. Refunds will be made to ticketholders via Eventbrite


This February, Garage Project, Shakespeare Globe Centre NZ, Playshop & Southern Cross Garden Bar Restaurant join forces once again to bring you a fundraiser with a difference. Come on down & enjoy a bit of The Bard in The Garden Bar!



Join PlayShop as they perform Shakespeare like you’ve never seen it before (or again). From the best improvisors at this event, either for tragedy, comedy, history, pastoral, pastrol-comical, historical-pastoral, tragical-historical, tragical-comical-historical-pastoral, scene individable, or poem unlimited, an entirely new Shakespeare play created before your very eyes! These talented thespians will interact with all, groundlings to gallows, to ensure a lively and memorable evening. If we be waspish, best beware our sting.


In honour of the event, Garage Project will be treating us to a special charity batch of Ruffneck: an all new beer brewed just for this event. Full proceeds from the first keg will be going directly to SGCNZ, which will be pouring from a pop up bar in the Garden.


Tickets will be limited, and are available via Eventbrite, or at the door (limited availability). All proceeds from ticket sales will be donated directly to SGCNZ – read more about this awesome not-for-profit organisation below!

$20 – Adults

$15 – Concession, Students, Under 25s* (with ID), SGCNZ members

$10 – Children (under 12)*

Children under 5 are free.

* as we’re a licensed venue, those under 18 must be accompanied by at least one of their parents to attend the show.

Booking fees apply.

Eventbrite ticket sales end at 4.30pm on Friday 26th of February. Door Sales will be available at the event, from 4pm. 


4.00PM Doors open

4:30PM Live music (pre-show entertainment)

5PM Show begins (Act I)

5:45PM Interval (30 mins)

6.15PM Show resumes (Act II)

7PM Show ends


Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand (SGCNZ) is celebrating its 30th year! Over 122,000 students have participated in its Festivals and 5000+ in their other programmes. On the website sgcnz.org.nz, find out about the various events and ways to be involved throughout the year.

SGCNZ is a not-for-profit life skills enhancing organisation through Shakespeare. Developing skills of young people, including collaboration, co-operation, compromise, and at the same time, leadership, self-presentation, self- confidence, self-esteem, time management, project management and performance evaluation are just some of the key skills SGCNZ enhances. SGCNZ relies on $800,000 each year in cash and in-kind to provide its opportunities and activities! Some 5750 participants benefit, and more than 220,000 fill theatres and halls annually to enjoy the performances by our young people from 5 years old to the very mature of all ethnicities and sectors.

This wonderfully lively event is a greatly valued – do join in the fun!

What if the City was a Theatre? | SGCNZ presents Will on Cue

Celebrating its 30th Anniversary, SGCNZ is delighted to be a part of WHAT IF THE CITY WAS A THEATRE? Encouraging audiences to rethink the limits of public space. This programme presents an invitation to take to the streets, and experience internationally acclaimed free arts performance in the places you least expect it.

If “All the world’s a stage”, Wellington certainly is! SGCNZ is proud to be presenting Alumni and groups who will introduce 10 edited plays and hand out cue-scripts to passers-by to brush up their Bardish skills!

Presented by award-winning festival The Performance Arcade ,WHAT IF THE CITY WAS A THEATRE? is a FREE city-wide programme of art and performance this summer, curated in collaboration with some of Wellington’s most exciting artists, events, and creative organisations. A vibrant celebration of art in Aotearoa NZ, this initiative marks 10 years of the Wellington festival and the first collaboration of this kind between various sectors of the capital’s creative community. For two months, the capital will be transformed into a wonderland of creative encounters — join in, and make a discovery at every corner.

Will on Cue | Programme

11 Feb, 2:30pmMerry Wives of Windsor, Outside Circa Theatre, 1 Taranaki St
involving residents from Malvina Major Retirement Village and Wellington Shakespeare Society Members
12 Feb, 12:30pm, Julius Caesar, Civic Square
with SGCNZ Alumni Maddie Brooks Gillespie & Jacynta Scurfield
13 Feb, 2:30pm, Henry V, Top of Botanical Gardens
with SGCNZ Alumni Maddie Brooks Gillespie & Jacynta Scurfield
14 Feb, 2:30pm, King Lear, Freyberg Beach
with SGCNZ Alumni Maea Shepherd & Jackson Burling
18 Feb, 12:30pm, Antony and Cleopatra, Outside St Andrew’s on the Terrace
with SGCNZ Alumni Maea Shepherd & Jackson Burling
19 Feb, 12:30pm, Hamlet, Bolton St Cemetery
with SGCNZ Alumna Clara van Wel & Aimée Sullivan
20 Feb, 2:30pm, Cymbeline, Queen Victoria Statue between Kent Terrace and Cambridge Terrace
with The Lonely Shakespeare Collective
25 Feb, 12:30pm, Merchant of Venice, Midland Park
with SGCNZ Alumna Maea Shepherd & Ruby Carter
26 Feb, 12:30pm, The Tempest, Waitangi Park
with SGCNZ Alumna Clara van Wel & Liz Butler, Wellington Improv
27 Feb, 2:30pm, King John, Parliament grounds
with The Lonely Shakespeare Collective
For more information click here

Pearls of Wisdom Quote Competition

Pearls of wisdom from the Bard himself are the perfect thing to celebrate SGCNZ’s ‘pearler’ of an Anniversary year!

Each working day outside ShakesHQ we are decorating the pavement with chalked Shakespeare quotations and posting them to Facebook.

To reward our dedicated Facebook fans we have decided to run a competition with these Pearls of Wisdom. Each month, the first person to send in a complete list of the previous month’s pavement quotes, having guessed the correct character and play or sonnet for each quote, will receive a prize pack consisting of a SGCNZ pen, quotation notepad and a set of four postcards!


The entry forms can be downloaded here in editable and printable formats.

Pearls of Wisdom Quote Form Editable

Pearls of Wisdom Quote Form Printable

Entries can be returned via email sgcnz@sgcnz.org.nz or posted to PO Box 17 215, Wellington 6147. Postal entries must notify us via phone or email of their entry.

Winners will be posted to this page and notified directly.

Visit www.facebook.com/sgcnz to see the quotes for yourself

We also encourage you to chalk the pavement with your favourite quotes and share them on with us on social media using the tag #sgcnzpearlsofwisdom. You can also email them to us too!

We always welcome new and updated Alumni bios and would love to hear what you have been up to since you were last involved with SGCNZ!

Alumni bios feature prominently on a dedicated section of our website, and come from those involved in every facet of SGCNZ! Post Festivals, competitions, training courses and Fellowships, we love to hear where you have ventured in every profession- “all the world’s a stage…” after all.

We would love to promote your projects too! Send us the details, so that we can share them on our social media channels and in our newsletter Accent on Shakespeare when and where possible.

Alumni bios should be approximately 200 words long and include a low-resolution image (1MB max).

For more information about Alumni Bios and promotion opportunities or to send us your updates, please email dawn@sgcnz.org.nz.

SGCNZ 20th Anniversary Year 2021

Stay tuned for an amazing plethora of events, to be announced soon!

NSSP 2020

We are delighted to be back in Dunedin this year with SGCNZ National Shakespeare Schools Production, and hope you can make it along to one of the performances on Friday 2 or Saturday 3 October, where students will be presenting scenes from The Merchant of Venice, King John and Much Ado About Nothing.
For full information  and to book tickets visit https://www.iticket.co.nz/…/oct/sgcnz-schools-production


Wellington Shakespeare Society Upcoming Events

The Wellington Shakespeare Society meets at 7:30pm  on the first Thursday of each month to relish the works of Shakespeare. Shakespeare’s plays are read and analysed. Guest speakers present lectures. Activities include: Shakespeare play readings, annual video/DVD evening, lectures and talks

Our regular meeting space is Connolly Hall, Guildford Terrace (off Hill Street), Thorndon

New members of all ages are welcome.

Wellington Shakespeare Society programme for 2020 will be updated when dates are confirmed

Enquiries to Robert Gordon (Memberships) M: 021 395 896 or Brian Pearl 04 479 3983

WSS Membership Form

Past Events

Shakespeare in the Garden 2019

Garage Project, Shakespeare Globe Centre NZ, The Improvisors & Southern Cross Garden Bar Restaurant joined forces in November to bring another fundraiser with a difference.

The event began with live music by Coral Trimmer and Gilbert Haisman. The Improvisors performed Shakespearean drama as you’ve never seen it before and may never see it again – the scenes, the soliloquies, the sonnets that the Bard would have written – if only he’d had more time. Their team of talented performers made it all up on the spot, drawing on audience ideas and suggestions.

In honour of the event, Garage Project treated us to a special charity batch of Full Fathom Five: an original English IPA with a brave new world twist. This beer was first brewed in 2017 specially for Shakespeare in the Garden. Full proceeds from the keg went directly to SGCNZ. To complete the festivities, a traditional roast dinner was available from The Southern Cross kitchen.

ShakesBeer in the Garden 2018

PlayShop whipped up a storm at Southern Cross Garden Bar Restaurant on Sunday the 25th of November, presenting an improv performance loosely based on The Tempest.

PlayShop brings you Shakespeare like you’ve never seen it, even if you came last year. From the best improvisors at this event, either for tragedy, comedy, history, pastoral, pastrol-comical, historical-pastoral, tragical-historical, tragical-comical-historical-pastoral, scene individable, or poem unlimited, an entirely new tempestuous Shakespeare play created before your very eyes. We are such improvisors as new plays are made (up) on (the spot), and our little plays are rounded with a jig.

To complement it, Garage Project re-produced the appropriately named Full Fathom Five. There was music to begin the event, and a themed traditional roast dinner available throughout the event.

PlayShop comprises largely of SGCNZ Alumni. The staff at The Southern Cross dressed in Shakespearean costumes, as did the staff and interns of SGCNZ, all making for a delightful, bubbly, colourful experience.

The Eternal Woman of William Shakespeare by Rhona Davis MBE

Delighted to be part of the inaugural New Zealand Theatre Month, Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand (SGCNZ) and Wellington Shakespeare Society (WSS)  staged a reading of The Eternal Woman of William Shakespeare, first written and performed some 40 years ago. Its relevance to this 125th Suffrage year did not go unnoticed either.

Cue-script staged readings of The Eternal Woman of William Shakespeare by Rhona Davis MBE were held on 13 September 2018 at 88 The Terrace and 25 September at The Hannah Playhouse Bar, Cambridge Terrace.

ShakesBeer in the Garden 2017

In November 2017 Southern Cross Garden Bar Restaurant, PlayShop, Garage Project and Shakespeare Globe Centre NZ joined forces once again to present a fundraiser with a difference.

PlayShop performed Shakespeare like you’ve never seen it before: from the best improvisors, either for tragedy, comedy, history, pastoral, pastrol-comical, historical-pastoral, tragical-historical, tragical-comical-historical-pastoral, scene individable, or poem unlimited, an entirely new Shakespeare play was created before the audience’s eyes.

In honour of the event, Garage Project treated us to a delicious new English style IPA, created specially for the occasion and served from nitrogen charged cans: an old classic with a brave new world twist. To complete the festivities, a traditional roast dinner was served in the Garden Bar at the interval.

Shakespearean Conspiracies

Shakespeare’s compass of the human condition is unrivalled, and includes the darkest as well as the brightest parts of the soul. On the 2nd of November 2017, the Midsummer Night Players presented excerpts from three of the Bard’s dramas – Richard III, Julius Caesar and Macbeth – illustrating the different facets of the evolution of evil and bloodshed at Connolly Hall in Thorndon. An hour of high drama, high poetry and the anatomy of conspiratorial murder.

A forum after the performance was chaired by SGCNZ Alumni Maddie Brooks-Gillespie and Zoe Hancox-Monk.

The Midsummer Night Players:
– Michaeljohn Butcher
– Emanuel E. Garcia (also Director)
– Tom Martin
– Julia Maria Seemann

BEN CRYSTAL EVENTS 2017 ~ coordinated by SGCNZ

Ben Crystal is a UK Actor/Writer/Producer who, with his father, David, has specialised in Original Pronunciation of Shakespeare. In 2011 he performed the title role in the world contemporary premier of Hamlet in OP, and in 2012 he was the curator and creative director on a CD of Shakespeare in Original Pronunciation for the British Library. In 2017 SGCNZ brought Ben to New Zealand for an extraordinary tour of talks and performances.

Download all information about talks here.

Crystal Clear Shakespeare

Presented by Ben Crystal  with SGCNZ Alumni in Circa Two

Wednesday 31 May – Saturday 3 June 7:30pm 2017

What did Shakespeare’s plays sound like in his day? How did those couplets rhyme?

UK actor, prolific author and presenter of Original Pronunciation (OP), Ben Crystal worked with a troupe of renowned SGCNZ Alumni, exploring the fascinating original sound of Shakespeare’s plays. They perform a Shakespeare Showcase of famous scenes, sonnets, songs, speeches and soliloquies in OP, readings full of rhyme, rhythm, and a very subtle humour. And a not-so-subtle one too.

Ben is a producer and artistic director of Passion in Practice and its Shakespeare Ensemble.

Pop-Up Shakespeare at the Wellington Central Library


Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand organised for actors from local theatre groups to come in to Wellington Central Library once a month to perform scenes from famous plays throughout 2016.  Audience members were encouraged to channel their inner actor. The improvised performances and the casual style of the event made it fun for all participants, no matter whether they watched or acted as well. Printed scripts, hair pieces and other props were available to help first-time and professional thespians to feel their part.

The plays were performed scenes from selected plays, with four plays per event, in roughly chronological order. Thus, the whole canon was performed throughout the whole year.

May 21: Henry VI, Richard III, The Taming of the shrew, The Two Gentlemen of Verona

June 25: Love’s Labour’s Lost, Richard II, Romeo & Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream
July 23: The Merchant of Venice, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Henry IV, parts 1 & 2

August 20: Much Ado About Nothing, Henry V, Julius Caesar, As You Like It
September 17: Hamlet, Twelfth Night, Troilus & Cressida, All’s Well That Ends Well
October 15: Measure For Measure, Othello, King Lear, Macbeth
November 12: Antony & Cleopatra, Coriolanus, Timon of Athens, Pericles, The Two Noble Kinsmen
December 10: Cymbeline, The Winter’s Tale, The Tempest, Henry VIII, Cardenio

Shakespeare Dreams in the Cross Garden – Bottoms Up!

Bottom playing up in the Southern Gross Garden Bar was just part of the hilarity in store for audience attending Shakespeare Dreams in the Cross Garden – Bottoms Up! on 20 November 2016.southern-cross

With a fun adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, actors from Playshop, directed by Lori Leigh, interacted with all to ensure it was a lively and memorable evening away from the pre-Christmas melee.

Once again, the Southern Cross Garden Bar generously collaborated with The Garage Project, Playshop and Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand (SGCNZ) to present a fundraiser with a difference for SGCNZ towards its activities.

garage-projectThe entertainment began at 4.30pm with Daisy van Wel singing till 5.15pm when the play started. The performance by the cast of dynamic young actors, most of whom are SGCNZ Alumni, was quick-witted, clever and entertaining.

Garage Project treated us to a delicious new brew made especially for the event, which was poured from oak barrels and to accompany the ale there was a traditional roast dinner available for purchase in the Garden Bar at the interval.

It was an evening full of ferocious fun, festive food and fabulous fermented fluids.

Read Alive Series

Read Alive October

Read Alive, a  programme of staged readings, challenged emerging directors to breathe life into rarely performed plays from the Elizabethan and Jacobean periods – in a single day. Actors arrived at 10am, were given their scripts, and worked on them for less than 6 hours before a public staged reading at 4:30pm. The programme took its inspiration from the highly successful Read Not Dead sessions at Shakespeare’s Globe in London and was hosted by The Lord Lackbeards Touring Company and SGCNZ, with funding from the Emerging Artists’ Trust.

Read Alive: The Knight of the Burning Pestle

October’s Read Alive was The Knight of the Burning Pestle directed by Lyndon Hood. An early modern classic, the play satirizes chivalric romances and talks directly to the audience from the very start.

Read Alive: Dr. Faustus

The September Read Alive was Dr. Faustus by Christopher Marlowe. This session was co-directed by Cordelia Black and Brandon Mikel.

Written by Christopher Marlowe, Shakespeare’s contemporary and rival, Dr. Faustus follows the adventures and philosophical musings of Dr. Faustus and his devil Mephistophilis.

Shakespeare Globe Centre NZ gratefully acknowledges the support of the following:


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