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'If you have tears, prepare to shed them now' - 8 Amazing Performances
"To be or not to be" isn't actually the question. The question is: how are you going to fit all eight amazing shows from the 2016 Utah Shakespeare Festival into your schedule? From classic Shakespearean tales of love and betrayal, to the slapstick comedy of the Marx Brothers, to the rooftop-hopping chimney sweeps of Mary Poppins, there is something for every member of the family to enjoy on stage this season. Take a look at the upcoming productions, buy your tickets, and get ready to be entertained.
June 27th - September 8th
Two of Shakespeare's most beloved characters, Beatrice and Benedick battle it out in a contest of wits until they land in each others' arms. Set in 1599 Italy, this production is Shakespeare at his comedic and romantic best. With a little pre-play preparation, it is suitable for all audiences.
June 28th - September 10th
Completing the three-part tale of the prince who would (or possibly wouldn't) be king, Prince Hal has inherited the throne as King Henry V and now must quickly act to save his kingdom. It is a play about war, but there is little actual fighting. It is suitable for any audience that is prepared for the Shakespeare language and story.
June 29th - September 9th
A fresh, fast-paced, and funny adaptation of one of literature's most thrilling romantic adventures: the dashing musketeers and one plucky kid sisters wash buckle their way through nefarious villains, international intrigue, and exotic ladies. It is suitable for all audiences.
July 1st - October 15th
The Marx Brothers infiltrate the Florida real estate boom circa 1920 and find jewels to steal, pockets to pick, lovers to confuse, hotel guests to confound, and a treasure trove of songs by Irving Berlin. Full of slapstick comedy, innocent flirtations and love stories, this play is suitable for all audiences.
September 14th - October 22nd
Two suddenly single palsa sloppy sportswriter and a fastidious news writers train their friendship by turning roommates and unconsciously repeating the mistakes that spoiled their marriages. The men smoke, drink, and curse in the play, using language typical of the 1960s. It may be best suited for teenagers who are prepared for such language.
July 2nd - September 3rd
Everyone's favorite nanny takes the stage in this supercalifragilistic adventure. One of the most popular Disney movies of all time comes to life in this "practically perfect" musical! It is suitable for all audiences and the minimum age of attendance has been lowered from six years old to four years old, for this production only.
July 29th - October 22nd
When people can no longer trust their elected leader, what do they do? Do they remain loyal, or do they stab their opponents in the back? The play includes some violence (including the stabbing of Caesar). It is best suited for teenagers and pre-teens who are prepared to understand the story of the play.
August 4th - October 22nd
Everyone is a suspect in this hilarious musical murder mystery with a twist: One actor investigates the crime. The other plays all the suspects. And they both play the piano! This fast-paced play contains some adult language and humor with mild innuendo. It may be difficult for young children to follow and is recommended for teens and pre-teens.
For more information on these productions, the 2017 season, and The Professional Theater at Southern Utah University please visit http://www.bard.org/