Summer Shakespeare

Summer Shakespeare

Manawatū Summer Shakespeare, supported by Massey University, has been an annual event within the Palmerston North community since 2003. Each year an artist in residence is chosen to direct a production of their choice in order to collaborate with students, local artists and the community.

The 2021 production of  "A Midsummer Night's Dream", directed by Mel Cook, was very popular despite the pandemic and some bad weather during the performances.

Previous Directors

2003 The Tempest – directed by Simon Ferry
2004 Comedy of Errors – directed by Ralph Johnson
2005 Twelfth Night – directed by Ryan Hartigan
2006 Love's Labour's Lost – directed by Penni Bousfield
2007 Hamlet – directed by Lilicherie McGregor
2008 Romeo & Juliet – directed by Ralph Johnson
2009 All's Well That Ends Well – directed by Peter Hambleton
2010 Macbeth – directed by Paul McLaughlin
2011 A Midsummer Night’s Dream – directed by Jaime Dörner
2012 Much Ado About Nothing – directed by Amanda McRaven
2013 The Tempest – directed by Vanessa Stacey
2014 As You Like It – directed by Grant Mouldey
2015 King Lear – directed by Jaime Dörner
2016 The Merry Wives of Windsor – directed by Kelly Harris
2017 The Winter's Tale – directed by Sara Brodie
2018 The Comedy of Errors – directed by Peter Hambleton
2019 Antony and Cleopatra – directed by Ralph Johnson
2020 Twelfth Night – directed by Mel Cook
2021 A Midsummer Night's Dream – directed by Mel Cook

Check out the Summer Shakespeare Facebook page for more information.