4MBS Brisbane Shakespeare Festival – Romeo & Juliet
14 – 16 October 2022
Roma Street Parkland Amphitheatre
Now in its 16th year, 4MBS Brisbane Shakespeare Festival is run by Brisbane classical music community radio station 4MBS Classic FM. The festival began in 2007, regularly featuring actors from Queensland Theatre and La Boite, and past productions have included A Midsummer’s Night Dream, Hamlet, Henry V, The Comedy of Errors, Macbeth and more.
In 2022, Brisbane Shakespeare Festival presents one of Shakespeare’s most well-known and oft-adapted works, which has inspired movies, plays, musical scores, ballets, operas, musical theatre; an age-old vendetta between Verona’s two well-established families casts a dark shadow over the relationship of Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet. Directed by Xanthe Jones, this professional performance of Romeo & Juliet will showcase the fine talent of Brisbane artists.
General Manager of 4MBS Classic FM, Gary Thorpe OAM, said that outdoor opportunities for live theatre are especially important in today’s climate.
“In Shakespeare’s time they experienced a pandemic – the plague – it was sweeping through London. They had to shut Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. We have a pandemic now which has shut theatres all around the world; but a professional play in the park allows audiences to still experience the joy of great theatre.”
“Shakespeare has been so influential in our culture – he created over 600 words which we use in our everyday lives. The themes in his plays are as relevant today as when they were written 400 years ago,” Thorpe said.
Pre-performance activities include live musical and other street performances, interactive children’s activities, food trucks, and more.
Additional festival events include historical library talks with live music by the Angel String Quartet Shakespeare inspired radio programs on 4MBS Classic FM 103.7.