Virginia Shakespeare Festival

The Official State Festival of Virginia Celebrates its 36th Anniversary Season!

Upcoming for summer 2014


June 25 - July 6

Illyria finale

The musical version of Twelfth Night by John Briggs and Eric Frampton
If you saw the 2006 season of VSF you won't forget our premiere of this delightful musical adaptation of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night that keeps much of the Bard's language and adds musical numbers that would do Disney proud. Since our first production of it the show has gone on to successful runs at the Lake Tahoe and Georgia Shakespeare Festivals and now returns to the PBK stage for a glorious revival.  "You can't help but be enchanted" remarked the Virginia Gazette; "I haven't laughed so hard for a long time" commented the Sussex-Surry Dispatch and Portfolio Weekly called it "a crowd-pleaser for the whole family.  Illyria is a blast." 

Julius Caesar 1983 


 by William Shakespeare
July 10 - 20

It's been many years since VSF revisited any of the "roman" plays so why not start with the most famous one of all? "But Brutus is an honorable man" proclaims Mark Antony at Caesar's funeral but that's only part of a ploy to turn the masses against this nobleman and his band of conspirators.  You may have been assigned this in middle or high school but you'll never understand the power of this tragedy until you see it played out in all its glory onstage.

PRE-SEASON SPECIAL EVENTSMonday, April 28th at 7pm in the Commonwealth Auditorium of the Sadler Center (W&M Campus)
Broadway Flipped poster

Gary Green's musical revue of some of Broadway's most loved tunes, performed by a singer of the opposite gender to the original staging.  His orchestra's accompaniment is just as lush, the melodies just as beautiful but you'll hear the lyrics in a whole new light when a gal sings what you may think of as a guy's song.  Sometimes wonderfully silly, sometimes heart wrenching in its new setting, Gary's live band and cast of ten will have your toes a tappin'.  All of this is performed in the Commonwealth Auditorium that's turned into a swanky nightclub floor show setting so you're encouraged to put on your own finery when you attend.  Admission by donation, pay "What you Will" and all proceeds benefit the Virginia Shakespeare Festival.  Come join the party!!
Speaking of Parties, we've got another one six days later!              

Sunday, May 4 at 3:00 pm in PBK Hall

Will’s 450th Birthday Bash!

Come join us for an hour of scenes, songs, and sonnets as we celebrate the Bard’s big round number.  From middle school to seniors, performers of all ages show what Shakespeare has meant to them in their lives.  We’ll conclude with a number from Illyria, our upcoming musical of Twelfth Night and then head into the Dodge Room for cake and punch.  Free admission, donate “What you Will”.