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24 August – 3 September 2023

Producer - Michael Mack

Artistic Director - Jennifer Sarah Dean

Director - Richard Murphet

Production Designer: Dale Ferguson

Lighting Designer - Kris Chainey

Melbourne Shakespeare Company return to fortyfivedownstairs with their exhilarating contemporary reimagining of Shakespeare’s original political thriller Julius Caesar. 


A divisive leader who’s desire for power poses a threat to republicanism is violently assassinated, civil war erupts and through the chaos a new leader must rise to fill the void. 


Directed by Richard Murphet with design by Tony Award Nominated designer Dale Ferguson, Julius Caesar is destined to be a striking new production that you won’t want to miss. 

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The Alex Theatre

31 July 2023, 7:00PM

Tickets for this event are pay-what-you-can with all money raised going towards Melbourne Shakespeare Company's production of Julius Caesar.

Melbourne Shakespeare Company’s Shakey Slam is back by popular demand! The Shakey Slam is a monologue slam with a difference... all of the pieces will be from Shakespeare's plays or sonnets.

Watch 25 of Melbourne's best performers battle it out to become Shakey Slam champions with 4 awards up for grabs for Drama, Comedy, Student/Graduate and Audiences Choice. Hosted by comedian May Jasper, featuring live music and a raffle where you can win some fabulous prizes, The Shakey Slam promises to be an exhilarating night that's fun for theatre lovers far and wide.


The Merchant of Venice

St Kilda Botanical Gardens

2 - 23 December 2023

Shakespeare's timeless tale of love, greed, and justice comes to life in this new musical adaptation directed by acclaimed international director Ben Margalith. 

The Merchant of Venice is a  gripping tale of love, revenge, and redemption that follows a wealthy merchant, Antonio, and his friend Bassanio as they navigate the treacherous waters of love and finance in 16th century Venice. Meanwhile, the cunning and vengeful Jewish moneylender, Shylock, plots his revenge, leading to a dramatic courtroom showdown that will keep you on the edge of your seat. The Merchant of Venice is a thrilling rollercoaster ride of comedy, drama and music that will leave you wanting more.

A must-see for fans of Shakespeare and theatre alike. Don't miss your chance to experience one of Shakespeare’s most powerful plays live at the St Kilda Botanical Gardens this December.


Who are Melbourne Shakespeare Company?

Melbourne Shakespeare Company are proud to present exciting, engaging contemporary adaptation of Shakespeare's classic plays in unique settings across Melbourne.  We are privileged to work with some of Australia's most experienced and talented performers, crew and creatives. 

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