Welcome back to Speak the Speech!! Lori Ann here. Thank you to Steven for filling in. We are deep into the second opening week of our Shakespeare festival…but more about that in a minute. As the United States prepares to celebrate our Independence, festivals all over are heating up their summers.
The theatrical magic of Shakespeare has been cast upon Norwich Cathedral once more as a special festival celebrating the great wordsmith opened at the historic city venue. A Midsummer Night’s Dream played out in the cloisters of the cathedral set a gorgeous background for the GB Theatre Company‘s fifth annual Shakespeare Festival. Merchant of Venice will play this weekend.Norwich Cathedral
Sixteenth-century intrigue is proving drama enough for the excited teens performing in the annual Summer Youth Shakespeare Theatre’s production of Much Ado About Nothing at Laurel Mill Playhouse.
Shakespeare in the Sanctuary? Why not! Westmoreland Sanctuary will be home for four performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the end of the month.
Sacramento Shakespeare Festival, after suffering a $30,000 loss of equipment and subsequent damages due to theft last summer opens this season with a higher profile. Twelfth Night, directed by Matt K. Miller and set in 1970’s New York Disco, opened on June 28 and Julius Caesar, directed by Luther Hanson and set in 1870’s amid the unification of Rome, will open on July 5. The loss did not deter the determined company, and they have made the best of this situation, welcoming many new audience members.
Whimsy continues anon at Shakespeare Theatre New Jersey with As You Like It, which plays up the playful side.
The Worcester Shakespeare Company will continue its summer tradition of performing under the open sky this July and August with The Merchant of Venice. The company, now in its eighth season, will once again be using the outdoor piazza space at the old Whitin Mill in Whitinsville, Massachusetts.
The Globe takes Henry VI on tour. This is the first time that all three of the plays concerning the War of the Roses has been staged in York in over 20 years. You can see this epic historical cycle until July 14.
Saratoga Shakespeare Company president and Skidmore professor Jay Rogoff will discuss “Falstaff’s Fall: An Introduction to The Merry Wives of Windsor,” at 7 p.m. Monday, July 8, in the Community Room at the Saratoga Springs Public Library, 42 Henry St.
If it’s summer, it’s time for Shakespeare. Just about anywhere you go in western New York — and some farther flung places within a day’s drive — you can catch al fresco productions of the Bard’s works from June through August. Summer is also one of the best times to catch indoor Shakespeare festivals, such as the ones in Stratford, Ontario, Canada, and Lenox, Mass.
Steampunk comes to Shakespeare! You knew it had to happen, and it is happening at Shakespeare on the Mount. The company takes on Macbeth at the Bell Tower Theatre in July.
Ever thought of clearing your production with the police? Well, when staging something like Macbeth, it might be a good idea to give them some warning. This is just what Colorado Shakesepeare Festival did as they approached their current production.
Joss Whedon got this right! His cast shines in his big-screen but small budget adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing. Have you seen it? Give it a review!
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