Shakespeare Under the Stars | A Midsummer Night's Dream

14-17 December
this performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Whale Chorus theatre company is the best I’ve seen (and this is probably my most viewed play). What a riotous delight!…loved, loved, loved Audience member via social media
Gibson’s use of space is remarkable…a joy to watch Mathew Collins Reviews
the demonstrated engagement of the many young children in the audience…attested to the quality of the production and the fact that it has managed to hit the mark for a family show…It was a sold-out crowd too and there were people lining up who hadn’t booked and were simply hoping to be let in Michelle Gosper, Sydney Arts Guide

Presented by Whale Chorus

Whale Chorus theatre company are back this summer with their sold out production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream set amongst the iconic fig trees of Pacific Park. Performed with live music and an ensemble of local actors, this locally grown Shakespeare Under the Stars event is one for the summer calendar not to be missed.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies which celebrates the magic and madness of love and how the natural world can transform us and alter our ways of seeing. When young Hermia is forbidden to marry her beloved Lysander, under the rule of the harsh Athenian law, the lovers run away to seek their freedom elsewhere. They are followed in pursuit by their two love-tangled friends, Helena and Demetrius. But as these young lovers venture into the forest, the wildness of nature takes over and fairies emerge to play tricks on them. Nearby a group of amateur actors are rehearsing a play and they too become bewitched in an unlikely love spell as the world of mortals and fairies collide.In Midsummer we see how both love and the forces of nature have the power to transform; they can overcome oppressive and archaic laws, they can instill chaos and madness, and ultimately they can make us see anew.

Running time 1hr 40mins no interval*

Shakespeare under the Stars is proudly supported by the City of Newcastle's SBR Program 

Important Event Information

Event: This is a General Admission event. Please arrive early to secure your seat. The main entrance is the corner of Hunter Street and Pacific Street. This is a sit down event with chairs provided. There will also be rugs and cushions available for sitting closer to the stage.

Accessibilty: This event is wheelchair accessible. The best entrance for patrons in wheelchairs or with low mobility, is the Pacific St entrance. 

Weather: Please note, this is an outdoor event and will go ahead in the event of light rain. Ticket holders will be contacted directly if there are any event changes due to adverse weather conditions.  Please prepare for the weather of the day with hats, sunscreen, water bottle or raincoat. Umbrellas are not permitted.

Dining Options: Audiences are invited to attend the local bars and restaurants before and after the show. 

*Running times are a guide only and subject to change.


  • Thursday 14 December 2023 7:00 pm
  • Friday 15 December 2023 7:00 pm
  • Saturday 16 December 2023 7:00 pm
  • Sunday 17 December 2023 7:00 pm

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  • Adult $45
  • Concession Pensioner $35
  • Under 19 $35
  • Under 13 $29
  • Groups 10+ pp $35


  • Civic Theatre Ticket Office
  • 02 4929 1977


Pacific Park
1 Pacific Street