William & Mary

Virginia Shakespeare Festival

The Official State Festival of Virginia

TWAIN THE THIRD
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.

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CELEBRATE THE BARD'S BIRTHDAY THIS YEAR AT OUR SONNETATHON!

VSF is attempting to do all of his Sonnets in one day in the Wren Building this April 23rd starting at 10:30am.

YOU CAN HELP!


Sign up at the this website, http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0949aca82fa6fa7-sonnetathon, and pick the Sonnet(s) you would most like to recite.

It's a big year for all things Shakespeare - the 400th since his death - and Shakespeare companies all over the world are thinking of ways to make this special. Help us do our bit! If you don't want to recite please come attend for even a half hour that day and hear some of his greatest poetry in his favorite form.

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38th Anniversary Season!
ROMEO & JULIET

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.

CYMBELINE

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.

THE GRAVEDIGGER'S TALE

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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