Virginia Shakespeare Festival

The Official State Festival of Virginia Celebrates its 37th Anniversary Season!

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All's Well SketchALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL

by William Shakespeare
July 8 - July 19

Once upon a time, in a land we’ll call…France, there lived a beautiful servant girl, in love with a young nobleman that she hardly dared dream of gaining.  Welcome to the fairy tale that is director Steven Breese’s production of one of Shakespeare’s most delicate comedies.  Enter a swashbuckling society (think Three Musketeers) where to go war is the greatest honorable adventure.  Of course, where we have nobility we also have the pretenders, the blowhards, and servants much smarter than their masters.  Come see one of Shakespeare’s greatest heroines overcome the odds in pursuit of her dream.  Steven Breese’s productions of Romeo & Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing, and Two Gentlemen of Verona have delighted VSF audiences in the past with their invention and musicality and we’re so glad to have him back for this much overlooked gem of a play.

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ANTONY & CLEOPATRA

by William Shakespeare
July 23 - August 2

Following on the heels of last season’s hit production of Julius Caesar, Artistic Director Christopher Owens continues down the Nile to its “sequel” and two of Shakespeare’s most passionate title characters.  It’s more than a decade since the downfall of Brutus and Cassius and the triumvirate of Octavius Caesar, Lepidus, and Marc Antony are the “three pillars” that now hold up the empire.  This empire however proves not large enough for the egos of these three and the world that is Rome (and Egypt) is about to be torn apart.  Ambition, love, and lust collide as titanic figures try to grab more than just their share.  A tragedy that includes huge elements of humor, the show has one surprising twist of mood after another on the way to its fateful end.

Note: adult situations, recommended for ages 15 and up