Shake Alive 2016


Upcoming Events

SGCNZ National Shakespeare Schools Production 2018

Tickets for the NSSP performances at the University of Otago’s College of Education Hall in Dunedin on Friday 5 October at 6.30pm and Saturday 6 October at 7.30pm are  available for purchase from iTicket here.

Fees disclaimer here.

Scenes from Love’s Labour’s LostThe Taming of the Shrew and Antony & Cleopatra will be directed by Jonathon Hendry, Kim Morgan and Colin Spicer respectively. The 46 students, chosen from the 24 Regional and National SGCNZ University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festivals, will spend half of each day doing workshops with high calibre tutors and the other half rehearsing – starting from being cast on their full day, to performing 40 minutes from each play for the public just 5 days later! They will be joined by the Winners of SGCNZ Costume Design Competition and Music Composition Competition as Student Costumier and Composer.

Click here to see the list of students chosen for NSSP 2018 in Dunedin from September-October this year. 

SGCNZ Primarily Playing with Shakespeare 2018  Production: Much Ado About Nothing

Primary schools from the Wellington region are allocated one or two scenes for students from Year 1-8, which are directed and rehearsed by teachers in their own schools, ready for a public performance in early November.

Wellington Shakespeare Society Upcoming Events

Currently our regular meeting space, Connolly Hall, is unavailable due to the earthquake proneness of the nearby cathedral.  It is hoped that it will become available again before Christmas.  In the meantime, we meet in an upper room at the Khandallah Town Hall at the usual time, 7.30pm

Wellington Shakespeare Society programme for 2018:

September 13: The Eternal Woman of William Shakespeare by Rhona Davis MBE, at The Wellington Club, 88 The Terrace

Book tickets here 

Thursday October 4: Play-reading  Comedy of Errors (part two)

Thursday November 1: George Phillips Memorial Lecture: Lynley Hutton On the Road with Will

Thursday December 6: WSS’s famous Christmas  Function

Guests and prospective new members are welcome to attend our meetings. 

$3 WSS members and SGCNZ Friends, $5 General Public

New members welcome. To join contact: Robert Gordon 04 384 7693 Enquiries to : Brian Pearl 04 479 3983

WSS Membership Form

Past Events

The Eternal Woman of William Shakespeare by Rhona Davis MBE

Third performance announced!

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

There will be a cue-script staged reading of The Eternal Woman of William Shakespeare by Rhona Davis MBE on Tuesday 25 September, 6.30pm at The Hannah Playhouse Bar, Cambridge Terrace – entry by koha.

For further information contact:

Dawn Sanders ONZM, QSM M: 027 283 6016

SGCNZ University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival 2018


Click here to find out who excelled in which category in the SGCNZ National UOSWSF 2018. All students who performed in the National Festival can be extremely proud of themselves. Thank you to all participants for a fantastic and magical weekend!

Want to watch your own performance or re-watch the other scenes performed at the SGCNZ National UOSWSF 2018? Then  go to Glass Gecko Films’ website and order the videos on DVD or MP4.

To view and purchase photos of the performances, go to Memory of Light Photography’s website.

Shakesbeer in the Garden

This November, Southern Cross Garden Bar Restaurant, PlayShop, Garage Project and Shakespeare Globe Centre NZ 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!

Click here to buy tickets!


This year, PlayShop will be performing Shakespeare like you’ve never seen it before. 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, to ensure a lively and memorable evening away from the pre-Christmas melee.


In honour of the event, Garage Project will be treating 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, there will be also be a traditional roast dinner available in the Garden Bar at the interval.


Click here to buy tickets!

Tickets will be limited, and are available online or at the door (subject to 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)*
* 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.


4:15PM Doors open
4:30PM Live music & pre-show entertainment
5:15PM Show begins
6:00PM Interval (30 mins)
7.15PM Show ends

SGCNZ Primarily Playing with Shakespeare 2017  Production: As You Like It

An hour long rendition of Shakespeare’s delightful antics in the Forest of Arden, performed by primary age students from Samuel Marsden Collegiate School, Karori West Normal School, Clifton Terrace School and WHEN (Wellington Home Educators Network) directed by their own teachers, under the supervision of SGCNZ appointed Co-Director/Mentor, Sarah Burton.

Venue: Samuel Marsden Collegiate School, Marsden Avenue, Karori, Wellington 6011

Date: Tuesday 7 November 12.30-1.30pm

Tickets: Children $2.50, Adults $12, SGCNZ Friends $11

Bookings: (Booking fee will apply) or via SGCNZ Office 04 384 1300

Shakespearean Conspiracies

Shakespeare’s compass of the human condition is unrivalled, and includes the darkest as well as the brightest parts of the soul.

In this programme of Shakespearean conspiracies, the Midsummer Night Players will present 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. Be prepared for an hour of high drama, high poetry and the anatomy of conspiratorial murder!

There will also be a forum after the performance, chaired by Shakespeare Globe Centre NZ Alumni Maddie Brooks-Gillespie and Zoe Hancox-Monk.

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

Venue: Connolly Hall, Guildford Terrace (off Hill Street), Thorndon, Wellington

Date: Thursday 2 November 7.30pm

Tickets: General public $5, WSS & SGCNZ members  $3

Cash door sales only.

For further information contact Dawn Sanders Mobile: 027 283 6016 or Email:

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. And now SGCNZ is bringing him to New Zealand for an extraordinary tour of talks and performances.

Download all information about talks, times, bookings and prices here!

SGCNZ University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival 2017

National Festival Dates

Be part of the 26th SGCNZ University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival! Over 400 years after the Bard’s death, his words are more alive than ever, and the creativity, enthusiasm and talent of New Zealand’s youth shows that Sh
akespeare’s plays have lost none of their relevance. The SGCNZ UOSWSF proves that the Bard’s timeless tales cross culture, countries, language and gender.

Due to popular demand Shakespeare Globe Centre NZ added another region, which means that now, for the first time, Shakespeare’s words and works will be celebrated in 24 Regional Festivals!

Click here to see the Performance Schedule for the SGCNZ National UOSWSF 2017 over Queen’s Birthday weekend!

Crystal Clear Shakespeare

–  Presented by Ben Crystal  with SGCNZ Alumni in Circa Two

Wednesday 31 May – Saturday 3 June 7:30pm
to attend a performance by contacting: or P: 04 801 7992
Tickets: $15-$35

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 will work in Wellington with a troupe of renowned SGCNZ Alumni, exploring the fascinating original sound of Shakespeare’s plays. They will 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.

slal-pop-up-shakespeare-currentPop-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 just 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,

The scheduled dates and plays for Pop-up Shakespeare were:

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 & Henry Live at the Stadium!

Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more…Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand (SGCNZ) was delighted to be presenting its third Primarily Playing with Shakespeare production in conjunction with the Westpac 2016-henryv-posterStadium and British High Commission – Shakespeare & Henry Live at the Stadium.

The ninety minute version of Henry V was performed by approximately 250 primary school age students, directed by their teachers, with mentoring by Co-Director appointed by SGCNZ, Ania Upstill. Eight primary schools and a homeschool group had rehearsed their scenes independently and came together on Tuesday 8 November in the morning for their first run through. Their public performance began at 12.30pm on the same day.

“How exciting to be performing in the Wellington Stadium and adding to all the war events which are on as well,” said young actor on the poster, Aidan Brooks Gillespie

The production was part of Shake Alive 2016 – the celebration of the 25th anniversary of SGCNZ and the commemorations the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Westpac Stadium generously partnered with SGCNZ to facilitate this event, along with the British High Commission, as part of its Shakespeare Lives programme.

Through a grant from the UK’s Shakespeare Reactivation Fund, the performance was live-streamed throughout the country and can now be watched online (click here!).

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.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, is challenging emerging directors to breathe life into rarely performed plays from the Elizabethan and Jacobean periods – in a single day. Actors arrive at 10am, are given their scripts, and work on them for less than 6 hours before a public staged reading at 4:30pm. The programme takes its inspiration from the highly successful Read Not Dead sessions at Shakespeare’s Globe in London and is 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. It’s a rollicking adventure!

SGCNZ National Shakespeare Schools Production 2016

400 years dead and still alive and thriving! Shakespeare’s relevance is not in the least diminished and he keeps inspiring young and old. Need proof? The SGCNZ National Shakespeare Schools Production 2016 was a show full of pure energy, young talent and, of course, the beautiful language and iconic characters who have survived the past 400 years, perpetuated and celebrated by SGCNZ throughout its 25 years! On the menu this yea : Macbeth directed by Stuart Devenie, Julius Caesar  directed by Colin Spicer and The Comedy of Errors  directed by Kim Morgan.

Friday, 30 September, 7.30pm, Maurice Joel Theatre, Otago Boys’ High School, Dunedin

Saturday, 1 October, 7.30pm, College of Education Auditorium, University of Otago, Dunedin

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

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