Great River Shakespeare Festival


Exciting performances are just the beginning

Great River Shakespeare Festival from June 22 to August 5, 2018, is the premier place to experience Shakespeare’s stories as our own. GRSF enhances the play-going experience through musical performances, receptions, classes, workshops and programs for learners of all ages and backgrounds.

2018 also brings an increase in the popular Concerts on the Green music series; check out the line-up of 45 distinct concerts available for free and open to the public, and head down to the WSU campus early and often this summer. Bring your lawn chairs/blankets, pack a picnic dinner, and enjoy some great live music.

See calendar, details and ticket information: Great River Shakespeare Festival

Shakespeare in Love

Based on the Screenplay by Marc Norman & Tom Stoppard, and Adapted for the Stage by Lee Hall, with Music by Paddy Cunneen

Will and Viola’s passionate love affair becomes the basis of the very play he is writing – Romeo and Juliet. With opening night – and the wedding day – fast approaching, the plots race toward a parallel conclusion. Will it all work out in the end or are the two star-crossed lovers destined for tragedy?

 

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A Midsummer Night's Dream

More than one couple is “ill met by moonlight” in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays – one which has often been called “an almost perfect play”. While audiences may be familiar with the themes of star-crossed lovers, not all is as it seems. A Midsummer Night’s Dream transports audiences from the logical world of Athens into the forest, where fantastical adventures await. Follow Theseus, Hippolyta, Demetrius, Helena, Hermia, and Lysander into an enchanting place where the moon rules all, and more than a little magic can be found in the darkness.

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All's Well That Ends Well

One of Shakespeare’s less well-known comedies, All’s Well That Ends Well is a “problem play” which explores how we can grow up under pressure. In this play, we find Helena, a poor orphan, in love with Bertram, the son of a count. When Helena saves the life of the King of France, he grants her permission to marry whomever she chooses, and she chooses Bertram. Unfortunately, Bertram thinks Helena is beneath him, and abruptly leaves her. What follows is a story of forgiveness, grace, and learning to have humility as we mature.

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Venus in Fur

Actress Vanda turns up out of the blue for an audition with Thomas, it’s clear she’s determined to land the leading role in his new play. But why? She seems totally unsuitable for the part. As Thomas is about to give up for the evening, it becomes apparent that Vanda actually knows every line by heart.

When both of them become caught up in the characters they’re reading, Vanda takes charge. Playwright David Ives expertly offers the audience the opportunity to explore and analyze the power struggle within a variety of relationships. Contains very strong language and sensual content. Suitable for people aged over 16.

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