This “citizen comedy” is a lively portrait of Elizabethan England in which Shakespeare leaves the realm of royal intrigue and follows the laughable, if not always lovable, Sir John Falstaff off the battlefield and into a romantic fray. Sir John’s would-be lovers band together to give the scheming knight his comeuppance in a hilarious tale that anticipates the screwball comedy of 20th-century film but retains the Bard’s signature wit and sophistication.
You’ll cheer aloud for the cheeky women of Windsor as they band together, and stick up for themselves, to find, reignite, and maintain their romances.
Have you ever wondered what your future holds? Macbeth knows his. The Scottish soldier has his entire future laid at his feet by three mysterious women in the woods. He knows he will be Thane of Cawdor, and then King of Scotland. He also knows that his brother in arms, Banquo, not Macbeth and his wife, will father the heir to the Scottish throne. Macbeth is about Fate. In striving to command it, the young and ambitious Macbeth becomes the tyrant we all fear.
Join Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival this summer for a brisk, contemporary production of Shakespeare’s classic tale of ambition, love, and the supernatural.
All’s Well is a giddy charade of disguise, trickery, and lawful wickedness. Embark with us on the adventures of Helena, a witty young woman who must travel the mysterious path of love and navigate the beguiling people she encounters: the naive but courageous man she loves, three visionary women, and, of course, a fool (or two!). All’s Well That Ends Well will be directed by Christine Schmidle, Deputy Text Associate at Shakespeare’s Globe in London.
This fall, lovers and braggarts all will get more than they deserve, and if they can work together to end well — despite their best efforts to make a huge mess of things — so, perhaps, might we.
Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival was founded in 2015 by a group of actors, scholars, and educators who delight in seeing the Bard’s work as originally intended on stage: intimate, dynamic, accessible, and linguistically rich. Learn more about us here.
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