Essential Theatre presents Shakespeare in the Vines

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Twelfth Night by Essential Theatre

Twelfth Night by Essential Theatre

Essential Theatre is run by Artistic Directors Amanda LaBonte and Sophie Lampel and was founded in 1997.

Since 2003 they have been recognised as a leading national touring theatre company known for its professional and creative presentation of Shakespeare in the Vines, a unique tour of Shakespeare's much loved works to some of Australia's spectacular wineries and gardens.

The initial aim was to produce theatre that would entertain, inspire and provoke audiences to think in a fresh way about their own lives.

In the early stages they were awarded and recognised as a prominent young theatre company producing new works including our self penned play Triple Acorn which saw them invited to attend the Shorelines Writer's Festival in 1999 as guest performers.

As with many independent theatre makers the focus changed and they decided to travel overseas in their mid twenties and embark on personal adventures across the globe.

Upon returning they still had the hunger to continue Essential Theatre but wanted to make sure this time it would create and develop something with continuing strength and longevity .

As artists they learned to look at Essential Theatre from a business perspective - this is when Shakespeare in the Vines was born!

In 2012 they celebrated the 10th anniversary of Shakespeare in the Vines with the tour kicking off in New Zealand for the first time.
"This was a huge acheivement for us and we are thrilled to be returning to New Zealand in 2013."

The last 10 years has seen the trope travel across the country to many fantastic regions including McLaren Vale, The Mornigton Peninsula, Margaret River and the Hunter Valley to name a few.

Every year the tour continues to grow and Shakespeare in the Vines reaches more people in each state year by year.

 

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