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Virginia Shakespeare Festival

The Official State Festival of Virginia

A One-Night-Only VSF Fundraising Performance

Ryan Clemens returns for this third visit to VSF with his tremendously popular rendition of Mark Twain and a whole new set of stories from the "Bard of the Mississippi". VSF Audiences will remember him from our productions of Richard III, Comedy of Errors, Hamlet, and last summer's productions of both All's Well That Ends Well and Antony & Cleopatra (though unlikely to recognize him once the full Twain makeup and hair are complete). Ryan tours the entire east coast with his Twain offerings and we invite you back to his latest rendition for an afternoon of wit and wisdom.


38th Anniversary Season!


Director Christopher Owens describes this as “for the first two acts, perhaps the best comedy he wrote and for the next three the best tragedy”. Mercutio’s wit and the Nurse’s teasing keep us laughing before the play spirals into the young lovers desperate but doomed attempt to find a way to be together. The best laid plans of a kind Friar turn deadly and “some shall be pardoned, and some punished” at the conclusion of perhaps the greatest love story ever told.


From our recent two excursions into the Roman world (Julius Caesar and Antony & Cleopatra) we travel back even further to Britain and its attempt to break free from Roman domination. Our heroine this time is Imogen, daughter of the King by his first marriage, but now struggling in a court dominated by his crafty second wife and plans for her son to inherit the throne. Duplicity abounds and Imogen will need to tread a careful path to be with the man she loves. Cymbeline stands firmly with the other Romances like The Tempest as Shakespeare’s final gifts to the world.


A new piece that tells the story of Hamlet from the perspective of the gravedigger.  Produced in co-operation with the renowned Folger Theatre in DC, this audience-interactive piece is a delight in our intimate Studio Theatre setting.  You'll come out knowing more about all things Hamlet - Yorick to Elsinore - and have many laughs along the way.  

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