The 80 degree weather has arrived, leading to an increase in the air conditioning units work. This month is full of celebrations, productions, rehearsals and auditions…and of course, our favorite writer’s birthday! He doesn’t look a day over 350…

On Stage

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company has announced their new event titled “Revel and Feast”, an inspired Awards Ceremony and Celebration marking Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s 20th Anniversary Season, on April 23 – Shakespeare’s 450th birthday – at Memorial Hall. That evening, CSC will commemorate 20 years of bringing Shakespeare and Classical Theatre to the Queen City and its completion of Shakespeare’s 38-play Canon – a rare accomplishment and distinction among US theater companies.

REVIEW: The Baltimore Shakespeare Factory kicks off its 2014 season of “Malice and Misadventure” with the production of one of the most deliciously fun villains in Shakespeare’s canon of historical dramas. Tom Delise directs this Richard III with 15 actors portraying an astounding 50 roles.

Richard III

Malice and Misdadventure

Due to popular demand, The Drunk Shakespeare Society has added two special late night performances of Drunk Shakespeare on Friday, April 11 & Saturday, April 12 at 10PM. For these special performances, the “Drunk Actor” from the 8PM performance will drink again at 10PM, adding an extra layer of drunken debauchery to the late night show. Drunk Shakespeare, an irreverent and outrageous new theatrical experience is directed by David Hudson, conceived by Scott Griffin & Three Day Hangover (David Hudson,Lori Wolter Hudson and Beth Gardiner) and produced by Scott Griffin.


Sacramento Shakespeare Festival will be holding auditions for their 29th season on April 28 & 29.  This season will see Much Ado About Nothing set post WW I, Downton Abbey style and The Three Musketeers set in classic Dumas style. All roles currently available. Non-equity only. Visit us for details.

Shakespeare in Hawaii? Sign me up…auditions announced for 37th Annual Shakespeare in the Park in Hilo, Hawaii. This season bring Antony and Cleopatra to the tropical stage.

Help Connecticut Free Shakespeare! This summer marks the 15th anniversary and what should be a proud milestone for Connecticut Free Shakespeare. But just as things were going great and shaping up for an anachronistic staging of As You Like It set in 1968 to the iconic music of the 60s, the carpet got pulled out from under the housing arrangements. And that’s not all. In addition to that, a large portion of the anticipated funding came undone. To stage the timeless romance this season in Stratford and Bridgeport, the producers need community support anon to make it happen.

Island Shakespeare Fest prepares for its next summer season and Whidbey Island housing is needed. The company is looking for housing for a guest director and her two children for three and a half weeks from July 4  to 31. Housing is also need for seven guest artists and crew (five men and two women) for 10 weeks from July 1 to Sept. 7. Stipends are available to those who host the artists.

Door Shakespeare announced the casting for its 2014 season, which features productions of the William Shakespeare works King Lear and The Comedy of Errors.

450th Birthday Celebration

As we get closer to April 23rd, celebrations are starting to pop up. Where will you be on the big day?

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Happy Birthday, Will!

Here’s a great list of some happenings on 4/23. The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) will mark Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday with a free fireworks display outside the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Shakespeare’s hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon on the evening of Wednesday 23 April. I think if I could be anywhere in the world on this day, this would be a top choice. Go for me?

Who said Shakespeare is boring? Millions of schoolchildren, of course. But they grow up and some of them have probably enjoyed Damian Lewis in HomelandNow they can combine seeing a celeb up close with hearing beautiful words. At a library just south of Shoreditch the Hollywood star is going to read some poems by possibly the greatest writer in the language as part of celebrations for his 450th birthday on 23 April 2014 (possibly).

Tango Macbeth premieres in Harlem April 23rd @6:30pm ~ Celebrate Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday with them.

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