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Feature: Shakespeare at STC Archive

Date posted: 3 Nov 2021Author: STC Production: Julius Caesar

Our first production to reopen theatres this year is the thrilling reimagining of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar directed by Artistic Director Kip Williams. It’s the perfect opportunity to look back on other times Shakespeare has been reinvented on stage at Sydney Theatre Company. Here are some of our most memorable Shakespeare moments.

Julius Caesar 

On stage 15 Nov – 23 Dec 2021
Wharf 1 Theatre

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1982 MACBETH

Directed by Richard Wherrett
Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House

In 1982, we saw stage icon John Bell play Macbeth, eight years before he went on to form Bell Shakespeare. Despite many amazing performances with STC over the years, this was the only time John performed in a Shakespeare with STC. See John Bell return to the STC stage once again for Bess Wohl’s Grand Horizons in 2022. (Photo: Brett Hilder)

 

1989 A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM

Directed by Richard Wherrett
Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House

Couples and coupling are at the heart of A Midsummer Night's Dream, with plenty of partner-swapping drama to keep things interesting. In our 1989 production, Mark Pegler and Susan Lyons played the uber-fairies Oberon and Titania. Meanwhile, in another part of the enchanted forest, Marcus Graham and Rebecca Frith played lovers Demetrius and Hermia. (Photos: Branco Gaica)

 

1986 MEASURE FOR MEASURE

Directed by Nick Enright
The Wharf Theatre


A couple became a trio Measure for Measure in 1986 with Marcelle Schmitz playing Juliet and Graham Harvey playing Claudio holding a bundle of joy. (Photo: Stuart Campbell)
 

1987 PERICLES

Directed by George Ogilvie
The Wharf Theatre


This scene in Pericles involves a complicated relationship between Antiochus played by David Downer and his daughter played by Isabelle Anderson with Pericles, played by Jim Holt, stepping right into the middle of their incestuous affair. (Photo: Hugh Hamilton)

 

1992 MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

Directed by Wayne Harrison
Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House

In 1992 John Howard played Signor Benedick and shared the stage with Pamela Rabe’s Beatrice in the blossoming romance in Much Ado About Nothing. (Photo: Robert McFarlane)

 

2005 JULIUS CAESAR

Directed by Benedict Andrews
Wharf 1 Theatre

Our upcoming production of Julius Caesar will not be the first to be performed in the Wharf 1 Theatre. In 2005, Benedict Andrews directed another production of the play that was nominated for several Helpmann awards, including Best Male Actor and Best Sound Design. (Photo: Tania Kelley)

 

2007 TAMING OF THE SHREW

Directed by Rachel McDonald
Wharf 2 Theatre

The STC Education production of The Taming of the Shrew is the only time the play has been staged in STC history! Directed by Rachel McDonald and starring Alice Parkinson and Rohan Nichole, it let students in on one of Shakespeare’s earliest works. (Photo: Tracey Schramm)

 
2011 HAMLET

Directed by Naomi Edwards
Wharf 2 Theatre


Back in 2011, Sophie Ross captured the cynical and melancholy Hamlet on stage, taking on a famously male lead role alongside Julia Ohannessian as Ophelia. (Photo: Tracey Schramm)

 

2013 ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD

Directed by Simon Phillips
Wharf 1 Theatre

We're technically cheating with this one but without Shakespeare's Hamlet there would be no Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard – a feast of metatheatre, laughs, and Shakespeare references abound. Sharing the stage with the brilliant Tim Minchin and Toby Schmitz is Ewen Leslie as ‘The Player’, also starring in our production of Julius Caesar this month. (Photo: Heidrun Lohr)

 

2013 ROMEO AND JULIET

Directed by Kip Williams
Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House

Kip Williams’ production of Romeo and Juliet in 2013 starred Eryn Jean Norvill as Juliet. In our 2022 Season, see them working together again in the spellbinding The Picture of Dorian Gray. (Photo: Grant Sparkes-Carroll)

 

2014 MACBETH

Directed by Kip Williams
Roslyn Packer Theatre

We’re doubling up on Macbeth’s, but for good reason! Kip Williams’ lauded 2014 production turned the tables, with patrons seated on the stage and the performance happening throughout the RPT auditorium. Hugo Weaving led a stellar cast in this haunting and innovative production. (Photo: Brett Boardman)

 

2016 A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM

Directed by Kip Williams
Roslyn Packer Theatre

One of Shakespeare’s best-loved plays, A Midsummer Night’s Dream took to the stage with a modern twist. This 2016 production directed by Kip Williams revealed all the dark and provocative elements of romance and deception and left audiences stunned. (Photo: Brett Boardman)

 

Join us for Julius Caesar on stage now at The Wharf
15 Nov — 23 Dec 2021