This summer, Melbournians will welcome three family-favourite outdoor theatre shows from the Australian Shakespeare Company, with seasons of The Wind in the Willows, Alice in Wonderland and Caribbean Pirates at Polly Woodside running from late December until 25 January.

Glenn Elston and the Australian Shakespeare Company have been creating fun-filled summer memories for generations of Australian families. Established in 1987, the company is the longest running outdoor theatre producer in the country, delighting and surprising tens of thousands of Australians with interactive song-and-dance productions set amongst magical garden settings.

All productions have been critically acclaimed and welcome an ever-growing audience of families who return year after year looking forward to the new surprises and fun activities that each new season provides.

The Wind in the Willows, Elston’s critically acclaimed and longest running children’s show, will once again enchant audiences of all ages with magical performances in the Royal Botanic Gardens. Come and join Rat, Mole, Badger, Otter, Portly and, of course, Mr Toad, as they play out Kenneth Grahame's immortal story of life on the riverbank!

Glenn Elston has adapted Lewis Carroll’s miraculous story of Alice in Wonderland into a colourful, imaginative production that has turned the magnificent Rippon Lea House & Gardens into a wonderland of mad frivolity, topsy-turvyness and lots of cheeky mischief! After three successful years the show has already become a summer tradition for many Melbourne (& now Geelong!) families.

From 6 January, Elston’s most ambitiously staged children’s show will see pirates swarm the decks of the epic, historic Polly Woodside ship on Melbourne’s South Wharf! Caribbean Pirates at Polly Woodside takes adventure to a new hilarious, swashbuckling level with the larger than life characters of Captain Cutthroat, Major Key, Empty Draw, Larry (who should be Sally), Scurvy Dave and the mysterious and magical Gypsy Pirate.

All three shows feature singing and dancing, and include lots of interactive fun and games.