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SGCNZ National UOSW Shakespeare Festival

SGCNZ National UOSW Shakespeare Festival

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  • Sat 5 Jun, 9:30am – 5:30pm
  • Sun 6 Jun, 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sun 6 Jun, 7:00pm – 9:30pm


Michael Fowler Centre, 111 Wakefield Street, Wellington


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult | Day Pass: $30.00
  • Adult SGCNZ Friend | Day Pass: $25.00
  • Concession | Day Pass: $20.00
  • Student | Day Pass: $15.00
  • Child | Day Pass: $10.00
  • Adult| Weekend Pass: $75.00
  • Adult SGCNZ Friend | Weekend Pass: $65.00
  • Concession | Weekend Pass: $50.00
  • Student | Weekend Pass: $40.00
  • Child | Weekend Pass: $25.00



Experience the extraordinary talent of students from around the country as they present their innovative and creative interpretations of the Bard’s work.

Twenty-three of Shakespeare’s plays in two days! Impossible?

Not when in the hands of forty-eight groups of students selected from throughout New Zealand, performing their selected scenes. Amidst the ever-popular A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth, Hamlet and Romeo & Juliet, the public can see are vignettes from Pericles, Titus Andronicus, Troilus and Cressida, Cymbeline, All’s Well that Ends Well and many more.

Delectable bite-size 5 and 15-minute performances will capture your imagination and bring Shakespeare to life in new and fascinating ways.

Audience are welcome to come and go for their favourite scenes or enjoy the whole weekend- the programme is designed to be flexible!

The performance schedule is available online so you can start planning now by using the Performance Schedule linked above.

Day tickets or weekend passes are available from Ticketmaster.

Once you have revelled in these students' performances on Saturday and Sunday join us for the SGCNZ Young Shakespeare Company (YSC) cue-script production, Competition Prize-Giving & Scene Award Ceremony on Sunday evening. A most meaningful and pleasurable event, perfect to close your weekend of Shakespeare performances!

Times & Dates
Saturday 5 June
9.30 am-5.30 pm Scene Performances
Sunday 6 June
9.00-5.00 pm Scene Performances
7.00-9.30 pm SGCNZ YSC Performance, Competition Prize-Giving, Scene Awards

After the turbulent times of 2020 and the transition to online theatre for the 29th year of its Festivals, throughout 2021 SGCNZ is revelling in its 30th Anniversary year. We look forward to celebrating 30 years with a fabulous festival of Shakespeare from students around New Zealand - join us and immerse yourself in their impressive performances! Shakespeare himself lived through tempestuous times and continual outbreaks of the bubonic plague. He incorporated the consequences of death, destruction, and closure of theatres. All are themes with which current audiences can identify and reflect while watching these students interpret Shakespeare’s words in their own imagery, proving his power echoes through time.

Please note the ticket prices listed are exclusive of Ticketmaster fees.

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