There’s something about summer we just associate with Shakespeare. Many of us include a trip to Canada in our vacation plans in order to visit the Stratford Festival, which is always a treat. But the wonderful thing about summer is that Shakespeare comes to us.
The Michigan Shakespeare Festival
The most award-winning theatre in the state, the Michigan Shakespeare Festival features all-professional actors, artistic staff, and technicians. Beginning July 9 and running through August 16, 2015, the Festival will celebrate its 21st season with performances of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Henry IV” plus Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s romantic comedy “The Rivals.”
This season the company is expanding to reach a wider audience. It opens with previews and openings at the Baughman Theatre in Jackson from July 9 – 19, then moves to the Village Theater of Cherry Hill in Canton, July 29 – August 16.
Tickets and more information are available at the festival website..
Water Works Theatre Company
Michigan’s annual outdoor summer theatre festival is back for its 15th season in Royal Oak’s Starr Jaycee Park. The Shakespeare Royal Oak festival begins July 27 and continues through Sunday, August 9.. “All’s Well That Ends Well” runs evenings Thursday through Sunday and “As You Like It” is offered as a family-friendly daylight performance on Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. and also on Tuesday, August 4 and Wednesday, August 5 at 7 p.m. There will be two free performances of Romeo and Juliet at 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 1 and Sunday, August 2.
In addition to its outdoor productions, Water Works also offers performance-minded students an opportunity to learn from the experts with the Water Works Academy and KidsAct! July 27 through August 8.
For more information, or to reserve tickets, visit the company website.
Shakespeare in Detroit
“Macbeth,” directed by D.B. Schroeder, will be performed at New Center Park in Detroit on July 16, 17, 18 and 19. This is offered free to the public. This production of “the Scottish play” boasts an amazing cast featuring many favorite performers, including Miles Boucher as Hamlet, Laura Heikkinen as Lady Macbeth, Chris Jakob as Malcomb, and in multiple roles, Vanessa Sawson, Dominique Lowell, Aja Dier and others. Put this on your “must see” list.
For more information, visit the Shakespeare in Detroit website.