Outdoor Theatre | The Sydney Hills Shakespeare in the Park

Festival information

December 8, 2017 to December 30, 2017

A riotously, raucous 9th Summer Festival about service, appetites and balancing acts - spanning the full reach of comedy - from Shakespeare's dark satirical masterpiece Measure For Measure to Goldoni's Italian dish of laughs The Servant of Two Masters.

What rules your life? The law? Your conscience? Your instinct? Faith? Should we be ruled by justice or mercy? Should a government legislate your sex life, your morality? How do you responsibly answer the prompts of your deepest, darkest impulses and remain an upstanding moral citizen? Shakespeare may as well have written this play yesterday - an Elizabethan Orange Is The New Black meets A Handmaid's Tale - Measure For Measure pushes the genre of comedy to its darkest and most biting limits. A murky and morally ambiguous exploration of desire and power that will shock audiences with its contemporary voice, will make you laugh and make you think twice.

This production is suitable for ages 13+ and contains some adult themes, content may be triggering.

Measure For Measure
By William Shakespeare
Directed By Lizzie Schebesta

Bella Vista Farm Park : Dec 8th, 9th, 19th, 20th, 22nd, 27th, 29th and Dec 30th (@7.30pm)

Prices : Adult $38, Concession $32, Family bundle (2 Adult, 2 Concession) $120, Children 9 and under are free.
Come once, or come see both shows and get an extra 20% discount off tickets on the 2nd show.

Adapted from Carlo Goldoni’s mid 18th Century Italian comedy, The Servant of Two Masters is a delicious feast of fun, following the story of an enterprising and perpetually hungry servant who endeavours to work for two masters in order to earn twice the meals!
The Servant of Two Masters is Goldoni’s most popular and loved comedy to this day, and his prolific writing career left a legacy to Italian Theatre. Throughout his life, Goldoni undertook a personal mission to reform the approach to performance in his country. He believed the improvised work of the famous stock-character, masked, Commedia del Arte troupes had become lazy and predictable, and through his scripted dialogue he urged a style of playing that explored the honesty and wit of real life through comedies of characters’ manners and behaviours. With the mask removed, Goldoni aspired to a more accessible and truthful mode of storytelling, with individuality and a sense of realism that reflected contemporary life. This new adaptation of The Servant of Two Masters retains the essence and hilarity of it’s 1700’s source, whilst honouring Goldoni’s own legacy of reform by bringing an immediacy to our contemporary audience.

The Servant of Two Masters
By Carlo Goldoni
Adapted and Directed By Francesca Savige and George Banders

Bella Vista Farm Park : Dec 15th, 16th, 18th, 21st, 23rd, 28th (@7.30pm); 30th (@3.30pm)

Prices : Adult $38, Concession $32, Family bundle (2 Adult, 2 Concession) $120, Children 9 and under are free.
Come once, or come see both shows and get an extra 20% discount off tickets on the 2nd show.

Botched marriages, dastardly disguises, cunning plots.... Men who are wildly unqualified for their jobs and unruly women pushed to the point of performing miracles. Join us this season for a feast of comedy - both light and dark - that will hopefully prove that out of chaos comes progress and satisfaction.

This delightful season features some of Sydney’s best and freshest comedic actors; George Zhao, Yalin Ozucelik, Adele Querol, Gabriel Fancourt, Aanisa Vylet, Samantha Ward, Shingo Usami, Meg Clarke, Andrew Hearle, Jess Loudon, Mackenzie Fearnley, Steph Kelly, Claudia Ware and Janine Watson.

Designer Sallyanne Facer    
Design Assistant Bronte Nicole
Sound Designer Tegan Nicholls
Lighting Designer Matt Cox
Stage Managers Steph Kelly and Bronte Schuftan
Vocal Coach Amy Hume
Fight Director Tim Dashwood
Festival Director Damien Ryan

Venues / FAQ’s


The Sydney Hills Shakespeare in the Park is an annual event, staged in partnership with the Hills Shire Council, the Festival is a repertory season of plays produced by SfJ at Bella Vista Farm Park throughout December each year. 

The Sydney Hills Shakespeare in the Park is the brainchild of Hills residents Damien and Bernadette Ryan and was launched as Shakespeare in the Rose Garden in 2009 at the Roxborough Park Rose Garden with Damien’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Since then the festival has presented SfJ’s productions of Romeo & Juliet, As You Like It, The Taming of the Shrew and Macbeth among others; utilising big casts of professional emerging and seasoned artists, The Sydney Hills Shakespeare in the Park has become a signature event for the Hills District and an anticipated feature of the Sydney Theatre calendar.