You thought Sydney’s outdoor shenanigans had wound down now that winter is on its way didn’t you? Shame. Shame on you, Sydney. We aren’t letting you off the hook that easily and we certainly aren’t letting a little bit of cold ruin our fun, and neither should you.
We love an outdoor cinema and, throughout April, Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel have taken it a step further by bringing the theatre to the park, Robertson Park, to be precise (right next to the hotel). Partnering up with Bard on the Beach, they’re hosting Shakespeare by the Bay for the second consecutive year. So pull up your picnic blanket and go to town in the dip aisle because they want you all to join them on the grass for the occasion.
The play takes place on prime Sydney real estate in Watsons Bay. So with the city skyline serving as a backdrop for the intimate performance and William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Hamlet playing out in front of you, you can’t go wrong.
The best part? Since you will be lazing out on the grass at Robertson Park, there’s absolutely no need for “appropriate theatre attire” so feel free to come in your warm woolies, if you require the extra padding. Tracky dacks optional.
If you haven’t heard of Bard on the Beach before, they performed similar shows around Sydney throughout summer and commit completely to the performance—horse masks included. Their goal is to strengthen a sense of community through the arts and let’s face it; we could always do with a little bit more culture in our lives.
Our advice is to nix the packed lunch and fork out for a picnic for two instead. It’ll set you back $65 but you will be treated to a fully stocked picnic basket and a blanket to boot. The kids are covered as well, with a snack box available for $15. We are all for letting someone else do the hard work for us!
Just in time for the school holidays, the first show kicks off on Friday 8th April and will run every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening through to Sunday 17th April.
Tickets are a reasonable $30 for adults and $15 for children and you can pick yours up here.
Image credit: Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel & Bard on the Beach
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