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Drama League Nominee Julia Coffey Joins 2016 Hudson Valley Shakespeare FestivalDrama League Nominee Julia Coffey Joins 2016 Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival
by BWW News Desk - July 25, 2016

Davis McCallum, Artistic Director of the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, has announced that Drama League and Drama Desk Award nominee Julia Coffey will join the company to take over the roles of Rosalind in As You Like It, and Mariana and Mistress Overdone in Measure for Measure. Coffey will first appear in As You Like It on Sunday, July 31. (more...)
Freddie Fox and Richard Madden to Share Lead in Kenneth Branagh's ROMEO AND JULIETFreddie Fox and Richard Madden to Share Lead in Kenneth Branagh's ROMEO AND JULIET
by BWW News Desk - July 25, 2016

Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company today announced that Freddie Fox will be joining the company of Romeo and Juliet, sharing the role of Romeo with Richard Madden. This is to allow Richard Madden sufficient time for his injured ankle to continue to heal and because his doctors have prescribed rest between performances. (more...)
BWW Review: Bling, Beats, and Bollywood in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM Bring An End to the 20th Anniversary Celebration With a Bawdy Burst at Kingsmen Shakespeare FestivalBWW Review: Bling, Beats, and Bollywood in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM Bring An End to the 20th Anniversary Celebration With a Bawdy Burst at Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival
by Jeffrey Scott - July 23, 2016

Bling, beats, and Bollywood in 'A Midsummer Nights Dream' bring an end to the 20th Anniversary Celebration with a bawdy burst at Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival. (more...)
BWW Review: ROMEO & JULIET: LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD, VOL. 2 - A Masterful, Exhilarating Contemporary Take on A Shakespeare's ClassicBWW Review: ROMEO & JULIET: LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD, VOL. 2 - A Masterful, Exhilarating Contemporary Take on A Shakespeare's Classic
by Gil Kaan - July 23, 2016

Prospect Theatre's inaugural production, Bradley Bredeweg's ingenious rock musical  ROMEO & JULIET: LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD, VOLUME 2, simply WOWS with its cast of triple-threat performers singing the hell out of cleverly-chosen pop songs while many times dancing up a storm. Creator Bredeweg tightly directs his high-energy troupe with a fast, smooth pace. (more...)
BWW Review: A Little Touch of Harry in the Night: TAM Opens HENRY VBWW Review: A Little Touch of Harry in the Night: TAM Opens HENRY V
by Carla Maria Verdino-SŁllwold - July 23, 2016

One of Shakespeare's best-loved history plays, Henry V, opened Friday July 23 at Maine's Theater at Monmouth in a stylish and stirring performance directed by Mark Mineart. Trimmed to a little over two hours, the production, nonetheless, keeps the architecture of the masterpiece and all the most famous speeches, and performed as it is by a strong ensemble, it achieves an immediacy and truthfulness. (more...)
South Brooklyn Shakespeare to Present TWELFTH NIGHT, OR WHAT YOU WILLSouth Brooklyn Shakespeare to Present TWELFTH NIGHT, OR WHAT YOU WILL
by BWW News Desk - July 18, 2016

Now in its fourth year presenting free Shakespeare in the streets of Park Slope, South Brooklyn Shakespeare (SBS) has announced its 2016 season: Four FREE performances of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, or What You Will in Park Slope, kicking off with opening night serving as the main event of Park Slope Fifth Avenue's Summer Strolls performed on Fifth Avenue at 18th Street (7/23) plus three performances outside The Old Stone House (8/4, 5 & 6). (more...)
BWW Review: Synetic Theater Brings Back a TWELFTH NIGHT to RememberBWW Review: Synetic Theater Brings Back a TWELFTH NIGHT to Remember
by Barbara Johnson - July 18, 2016

Originally earning 11 Helen Hayes nominations and audience acclaim in 2014, Synetic Theater's silent 1920s-style take on TWELFTH NIGHT is re-staged this season - which is not a moment too soon. In a winning blend of quirky vintage comedy and surprising emotional depth, this production manages to reinvent Shakespeare in a way that's so energetic, it could never be called tired. (more...)
BWW Review: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM Makes True Love Merry at Door ShakespeareBWW Review: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM Makes True Love Merry at Door Shakespeare
by Peggy Sue Dunigan - July 18, 2016

'The course of true love never did run smooth'...so quotes William Shakespeare in his popular comedy A Midsummer Night's Dream. Door Shakespeare heightens that famous line in this rousing, high energy romp at Bjorklunden Garden in Baileys Harbor this summer. Former Milwaukee Rep Artistic Director and Door County resident Joseph Hanreddy personally stamps Shakespeare's forest fairies and lover's magic with an inventive blend of mayhem that includes some countryfied music for the audience's pleasure. (more...)
BWW Review: Door Shakespeare's Fiercely Human JULIUS CAESAR Examines Political Friends and FoesBWW Review: Door Shakespeare's Fiercely Human JULIUS CAESAR Examines Political Friends and Foes
by Peggy Sue Dunigan - July 18, 2016

While William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar dramatically retells history through rich verse, Door Shakespeare at Baileys Harbor's Bjorklunden gives the play a fiercely human touch in this intimate garden setting. Here a serene rose garden might be enjoyed before the show, directly accessible from the bleacher theater seating. While Director and Milwaukee Rep Artistic Associate James Pickering focuses Shakespeare's political tragedy on the personal relationships between Brutus and Caesar, Cassius and Brutus or Brutus and Portia, Marc Anthony weaves between these relationships before laying rest to the murdered dictator in his famous, 'Friends, Romans, Countrymen' oration... In the lush garden on this moonlit stage, the tragic drama acquires a highly intimate and personal interpretation between the litany of interconnections crossing the moral lines between friends and foes, honor and honesty. (more...)
Elements Theatre to Crown Summer 2016 with Shakespeare's KING LEARElements Theatre to Crown Summer 2016 with Shakespeare's KING LEAR
by BWW News Desk - July 15, 2016

Crowning its year-long tribute to Shakespeare's 400th anniversary, Elements Theatre Company presents King Lear under the direction of Danielle Dwyer, CJ. In the striking outdoor setting of the Atrium of the Church of the Transfiguration, the members of Elements Theatre Company bring all of their passionate dedication and expertise to the Bard's riveting portrayal of a kingdom and families torn apart. Press night is Opening night, August 12, 7:00pm guest lecture Dr. Kathryn Moncrief, followed by outdoor performance 8:00pm. (more...)
Dianne Wiest in HAPPY DAYS, Four Shakespeare Plays and More Slated for Theater for a New Audience's 2016-17 SeasonDianne Wiest in HAPPY DAYS, Four Shakespeare Plays and More Slated for Theater for a New Audience's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - July 14, 2016

Theatre for a New Audience, Founding Artistic Director Jeffrey Horowitz, announces its 2016-17 season at the Polonsky Shakespeare Center, 262 Ashland Place, featuring four productions of Shakespeare alongside major American and European authors. (more...)
Independent Shakespeare Co.'s THE TEMPEST Set for August in Griffith ParkIndependent Shakespeare Co.'s THE TEMPEST Set for August in Griffith Park
by BWW News Desk - July 13, 2016

This summer INDEPENDENT SHAKESPEARE CO. presents an imaginative production of Shakespeare's final play, THE TEMPEST, featuring Thom Rivera as Prospero and directed by Matthew Earnest. (more...)
Shakespeare's War of the Roses Saga to Continue with HENRY V at the Theater at MonmouthShakespeare's War of the Roses Saga to Continue with HENRY V at the Theater at Monmouth
by BWW News Desk - July 13, 2016

William Shakespeare's HENRY V opens at the Theater at Monmouth Friday, July 22nd at 7:30 p.m. (more...)
New York Classical Theatre to Continue 2016 Summer Season with THE WINTER'S TALENew York Classical Theatre to Continue 2016 Summer Season with THE WINTER'S TALE
by BWW News Desk - July 13, 2016

New York Classical Theatre -- New York City's ONLY all-free Off-Broadway theatre -- is celebrating William Shakespeare's life and the 400th anniversary of his death with the company's 17th season.  (more...)
BWW Review:  Shakespeare's CORIOLANUS at STNJ is ExtraordinaryBWW Review: Shakespeare's CORIOLANUS at STNJ is Extraordinary
by Marina Kennedy - July 13, 2016

William Shakespeare's thrilling political drama, Coriolanus is now on stage at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey (STNJ) through July 24th. (more...)
BWW Review: COMEDY OF ERRORS - Delightful Summer ShakespeareBWW Review: COMEDY OF ERRORS - Delightful Summer Shakespeare
by Lynn Beaver - July 13, 2016

Penfold Theatre Company's annual 'Shakespeare in the Park' at Round Rock's Amphitheatre adjacent to the Baca Senior Center, is a lovely setting for an utterly delightful show. This year's production of COMEDY OF ERRORS showcases their expertise with the Bard as well as the company's seemingly boundless talent. The ensemble cast of only five actors play all of the more than twenty roles in a whirlwind of character switching. (more...)
Photo Flash: Nine Theatricals' HAMLET Begins Tonight at 13th Street RepPhoto Flash: Nine Theatricals' HAMLET Begins Tonight at 13th Street Rep
by BWW News Desk - July 13, 2016

Nine Theatricals in association with Engine Productions will present HAMLET at the 13th Street Repertory Theater in a special limited engagement, tonight, July 13, through July 24 (Wednesday - Saturday @8:00 p.m.; matinees: Saturday & Sunday at 3:00 p.m.). BroadwayWorld has a look behind the scenes below! (more...)
Shakespeare to Make Little Theatre of Manchester Debut in TWELFTH NIGHTShakespeare to Make Little Theatre of Manchester Debut in TWELFTH NIGHT
by BWW News Desk - July 12, 2016

Magic, mayhem, and mistaken identities come to Manchester this August when Little Theatre of Manchester presents its first Shakespeare play, the irresistible romantic comedy TWELFTH NIGHT! (more...)
Photo Flash: First Look at Michigan Shakespeare Festival's AS YOU LIKE ITPhoto Flash: First Look at Michigan Shakespeare Festival's AS YOU LIKE IT
by BWW News Desk - July 11, 2016

AS YOU LIKE IT headlines the Michigan Shakespeare Festival's Season of Rebellion! Playing now in repertory with RICHARD II and THE KILLER ANGELS, Karen Tarjan's adaptation of Michael Shaara's novel. Running now thru August 14th in Jackson and Canton, MI. Scroll down for a first look at the cast in action! (more...)
Photo Flash: Behind the Scenes with Nine Theatricals' HAMLET at 13th Street RepPhoto Flash: Behind the Scenes with Nine Theatricals' HAMLET at 13th Street Rep
by BWW News Desk - July 11, 2016

Nine Theatricals in association with Engine Productions will present HAMLET at the 13th Street Repertory Theater in a special limited engagement, July 13 - 24 (Wednesday - Saturday @8:00 p.m.; matinees: Saturday & Sunday at 3:00 p.m.). BroadwayWorld has a look behind the scenes below! (more...)
BWW Review: ROMEO AND JULIETBWW Review: ROMEO AND JULIET
by Keith Waits - July 11, 2016

Kentucky Shakespeare: A Daring Romeo and Juliet (more...)
Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of First Folio Theatre's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAMPhoto Flash: Meet the Cast of First Folio Theatre's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
by BWW News Desk - July 9, 2016

First Folio Theatre (Mayslake Peabody Estate, 31st St. & Rt. 83) presents A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM as part of its annual outdoor Shakespeare Under the Stars series, opening tonight, July 9, 2016 at 8:15 p.m., and running through August 14, 2016. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)
Coronado Playhouse to Continue Free Classics with Shakespeare's HAMLETCoronado Playhouse to Continue Free Classics with Shakespeare's HAMLET
by BWW News Desk - July 8, 2016

Coronado Playhouse, celebrating their 70th year, continues their 20th Annual Free Classics tradition with the Shakespeare classic, Hamlet. (more...)
Photo Flash: BPA's MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING Begins TonightPhoto Flash: BPA's MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING Begins Tonight
by BWW News Desk - July 8, 2016

Join BPA in July for The Bard at Bloedel: BPA's 4th annual summertime Shakespeare performance at The Bloedel Reserve. MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING will run tonight, July 8, through July 24, 2016. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in costume below! (more...)
Austin Shakespeare & Austin Chamber Music Center Team for One Night HENRY VIIIAustin Shakespeare & Austin Chamber Music Center Team for One Night HENRY VIII
by Frank Benge - July 7, 2016

Austin Shakespeare, central Texas' classical theater company, will collaborate with ACMC for the first time to create a music-filled production of Shakespeare's Henry VIII at 7:30 pm on Saturday, July 16th at the University of Texas' beautiful Bates Recital Hall. Part of the 20th Anniversary Austin Chamber Music Festival, this one night only event will feature professional actors in Tudor period costume performing alongside a piano quintet. (more...)

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