Hello! Spring has taken a step back over here on the west coast and we are being buffeted by big storms. Maybe the drought will lose a little footing! Auditions are happening, announcements are being made and shows are going up…let’s hit the stage and get started!
Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum celebrates the Bard’s 450th Birthday with an All-Shakespeare Season under the stars and live oaks of Topanga Canyon. A lively mix of tragedy and comedy with a heaping tablespoon of Theatricum’s trademark social commentary, the 2014 five-play repertory season has something for everyone, including King Lear, All’s Well That Ends Well, Much Ado About Nothing, the company’s annual production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream; and Equivocation.
Stacy Keach to play the drunken knight Falstaff in Shakespeare Theatre Company’s productions of Henry IV Parts 1 & 2. The plays will be directed by Michael Kahn.
Stafford’s annual outdoor Shakespeare production will transport theatre-lovers back to the era of free love and cold war paranoia. Peter Rowe, director of As You Like It, has revealed the setting for this year’s Stafford Festival Shakespeare production. “This production sets Shakespeare’s much-loved comedy amid the culture wars of the late 60s, just as Cold War paranoia and repression is giving way to the counter culture of free expression, free verse and free love,” Rowe said. “The Cold War chill thaws as the sun beams down on the summer of love and we see how much more fun and funnier life can be when you ‘turn on, tune in, drop out’.”
Grassroots’ Othello actor nominated for Ian Charleson Award. Nari Blair-Mangat star of Grassroots Shakespeare London’s production of Othello, as been nominated for the Ian Charleson Award following on from his role as Caithness in Sir Kenneth Branagh’s recent Manchester production of Macbeth, and prior to that show transferring to Broadway in June.
Independent Shakespeare Co. (ISC), presenters of the Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival, announce a new opening date for its adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, directed by Independent Shakespeare Co.’s Artistic Director Melissa Chalsma.
Sacramento Shakespeare Festival announces auditions for their 2014 season. Anyone new to the festival can sign up for a time slot on Monday, April 28. All returning festival actors are invited to join us on Tuesday, April 29., 2014. Join us on stage this year!
Valley Shakespeare announces auditions for their 2014 summer production of Much Ado About Nothing on Saturday, Mar. 29. This is a great chance to get on stage instead of just watching from the audience…you know you want to!
450th Birthday Celebration
Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF celebrates the Bard’s 450th birthday with a Free Movie Night in the Park on April 26, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. Presented in association with Enzian Theater, the free screening of Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing is open to the public and no RSVP is necessary to attend.
Gotta whole lotta Shakespeare goin’ on? The Lincoln County Public Library sure does! The library will host multiple events across the county to celebrate the Bard’s birth. Join in!
“Do, or do not. There is no try.” “To be, or not to be: that is the question.” Sounds similar, doesn’t it? Well, the similarities do not stop there. Leave it to Ian Doescher to tie them together in his second book that bring the two worlds marvelously close together. William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back is now available for purchase…get yours now!
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