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A classic love story told in an outdoor theatre
Melbourne based GJ Productions present William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet for this week only, Jan 18th-26th, in the beautiful riverside outdoor setting of the Fairfield Park Amphitheatre.

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Romeo & Juliet at the Fairfield Amphitheatre


Bring along family and friends, pack a picnic, cushions, blankets, insect repellent, and any other comfort items that will keep you cosy throughout a 3.5hr outdoor event. Head to the Amphitheatre by 7pm. Here, the evening begins with calming easy listening cover songs sung by a solo singer/guitarist as guests set up their picnic spreads and settle in. The hour of pre-show entertainment is a perfect amount of time to relax, eat and drink, converse, and enjoy live music in amongst the sounds of nature and a fresh river breeze.

A small kiosk is open throughout the evening, selling wine, beer, cider, soft drinks, water, and crisps. You can also collect or purchase your tickets here at the Box Office (or online at gjproductions.net/tickets), a program guide with synopsis and brief cast biographies and can hire a deck chair for $5 each. Highly recommended if you have not brought your own. Tickets to the play are $30 for adults, $9 for children under 16 years, with discounted rates for concession and healthcare cardholders, families and groups of six.

This marks the third year for GJ Production of bringing Shakespeare to the community. With past performances being Twelfth Night and Midsummer's Night's Dream, in 2019 the production team presents the infamous love story of Romeo and Juliet. A poetic tragic tale of two young star-crossed lovers whose deaths ultimately reconcile their feuding families.

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Photo courtesy of GJ Production


GJ Production Director, Jack Wilkinson, aims to return Shakespeare's plays to the public, in an accessible, understandable, and enjoyable form. The production team have done exactly that. While the costumes and staging are simple and unchanging, the cast of 13 does a splendid job of projecting clear and easy to follow dialogue. Most commendable performances are by Louis Reed as Mercutio and Brendan Snow as Romeo.

The performance is over two acts, with a short 15min interval to replenish drinks, stretch the legs, and take a restroom break. The play has a simple storyline, that can be enjoyed by all people of ages. The Amphitheatre is not fully wheelchair accessible but there are platforms where wheelchairs can be stationed. An accessible toilet is also on-site.

There is ample parking available on-site for those wishing to drive, otherwise, the Amphitheatre is a 15min walk from Fairfield Station and the 546 bus line runs regularly along Heidelberg Rd.

Romeo and Juliet is running nightly until January 26th. Book your tickets now for a lovely and entertaining family-friendly night out.
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Why? Shakespeare's love story presented in an outdoor theatre
When: Jan 18 - 26th, 2019
Where: Fairfield Amphitheatre
Cost: Adults $30; u16 child $9; concessions available
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