Outdoor Theatre | Summer Season - Leura Everglades

Festival information

January 11, 2020 to January 26, 2020

Twelfth Night

Better a witty fool than a foolish wit

The twelfth night is the last day of the Christmas cycle, a night of madness where the world turns upside down, where grief and joy and laughter and tears are all one. When mere mortals have the power to choose who they are, what they believe in and who they may love. In this rollicking production from director Christopher Stollery, music and mayhem will fill the summer night.

When Viola is shipwrecked on a strange land, desperate at the loss of her twin brother Sebastian, she disguises herself as a boy to survive. The inevitable ensues with the silliness of mistaken identity, foolish love connections, and a witty fool.

On her mad, joyous, romantic journey to rediscovering herself and finding her twin, she will change the people of Illyria forever, bringing just the right amount of chaos, and just the right number of weddings.

Don’t miss your opportunity to devour this delightful comedy in the open air this summer.

Romeo & Juliet

Thou can’st not speak of that thou dost not feel...

It takes a village to kill a child. 

The existential crisis facing our world today, the product of a lack of practical leadership from our earth’s elders, has triggered a deafening chorus of ‘How dare you!’, screamed from the heart of our planet’s youth. And it’s not just about climate issues. What can children teach us in their struggle to be heard?

Sport for Jove’s furiously energetic new production of Romeo & Juliet is characterised by a true vision of today’s youth - the rarely seen innovation of actual teenagers playing the play’s children – Juliet, Romeo, Paris, Mercutio, Benvolio, Balthazar, all aged 14-18, and surrounded by an extraordinary cast of experienced players, gives this production an authenticity and honest rawness, danger and the genuine awkwardness of youth. 

Director Damien Ryan’s production takes on the spirit of a filthy Italian opera, lead with an original acapella vocal score by Naomi and Drew Livingston, driven by heat and sensuality, chaos, fights and fevers of the mind, and of course, by Shakespeare’s soaring poetry. We are carried to a backcountry Verona, a profoundly insular town, trapped in cycles of tradition and vendetta, staring out at the future with a moral pollution at its heart. Only its children’s courage to express themselves will bring change. With the mad blood stirring, two young lovers meet and set in motion the most iconic love story of all time, that of Juliet and her Romeo.

Join us under the stars in our 11th Summer Season for this heart-stopping production of the star-crossed lovers.


Twelfth Night

7.30pm Saturday 11 January – Preview

7.30pm Sunday 12 January – Opening Night

7.30pm Saturday 18 January – Gala Day*

7.30pm Sunday 19 January

7.30pm Friday 24 January

7.30pm Sunday 26 January – Gala Day*

Romeo & Juliet

7.30pm Friday 17 January – Preview

3.15pm Saturday 18 January – Gala Day*

7.30pm Saturday 25 January

3.15pm Sunday 26 January – Gala Day*

*See both shows on one day on Gala Day


Adult $42, Concession* $32, Groups 10+ $30, 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 second show.

*Eligible concessions are: Student Cards (full time), Pension Cards, Senior Cards, MEAA members

Companion Cards accepted to all performances. Please book you ticket/s to your preferred performance then email support@ticketbooth.com.au with proof of companion card and the confirmation ID for your purchase order to receive your complimentary companion ticket.


The Leura Shakespeare Festival event is an open-air and all weather event. The performance area and audience seating is completely uncovered. The event is an all-weather experience, and Sport For Jove Theatre Company is committed to going ahead with a performance even in unfavourable weather conditions, unless there is a concern for the general safety of the actors and audience by attending the show. The decision to move a performance indoors can be made up until 30 minutes before the show begins and a cancellation may also be called during the performance. A show is considered to be performed once 60% of it has been staged and it will not be moved indoors if conditions require the remaining portion of the performance outdoors to be cancelled.

Shows need to proceed as scheduled outdoors or indoors as to secure the financial viability of the festival. Festival shows that are moved indoors in 2020 will be relocated to the Wentworth Falls School of Arts location at 217 Great Western Hwy, Wentworth Falls NSW 2782. To accommodate the size of this venue, only a limit of 200 tickets for all outdoor shows will be made available for each performance. For shows that proceed outdoors as scheduled, an additional 30 tickets will be made available for sale on a first come first served basis starting 1 hour before show time.

Full terms and conditions are available HERE.



Sport for Jove's Summer Season at Leura Everglades is an annual theatre festival staged by SFJ in partnership with the National Trust of Australia (NSW).

The festival is centred around SFJ’s repertory season at the sublime Everglades Gardens, Leura. Since launching in 2010 with A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo & Juliet, SFJ has presented performances of As You Like It, The Taming of the Shrew & Macbeth among many others.

Outdoor Theatre | Summer Season - Leura Everglades


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