Bard to Go: Witty Fools and Foolish Wits

School's Touring Dates
October 16, 23, 30, and November 6

Schools Click Here for Materials and Booking Information


Bard to Go returns with an all-new production this fall. 

Bard to Go: All's Fair . . .  in 2012

This 45-minute traveling production will come to your school and perform for you! Bard to Go: Witty Fools and Foolish Wits

Through the eyes of the Bards’ fool characters, audiences journey through scenes from Shakespeare’s Twelfth NightAs You Like ItThe TempestThe Two Gentlemen of Verona, and King Lear. Shakespeare’s fools and clowns are more than just comedians; they often turn out to be the wisest of his characters, speaking the truth with wit and humor. Bard to Go: Foolish Wits and Witty Fools  gives audiences a lively, fun-loving look at Shakespeare from a modern perspective.

Bard to Go will be Touring Michigan secondary schools in October, but the production will also perform special free public performances. Bard to Go will perform a preview performance on the Allendale Campus at the Mary Idema Pew Library. Additionally, Bard to Go will offer a final public performance on November 7.

Bard to Go is part of the educational outreach programs incorporated into the Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival.  Last year’s production Bard to Go: Lights, Camera, Action, performed at six regional schools to approximately 1,400 students.  Additionally, Bard to Go traveled to the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, Virginia where they performed for a school and public audience. over spring break, they travelled to In all, they performed for a total audience of about 500.

Over the past seasons, Bard to Go has been traveling all over the world to perform including to Rapallo, Italy and Prague, Czech Republic where they participated at Shakespeare Prague during Spring Break in 2014. the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, Virginia in 2013, the Bahamas to the Shakespeare in Paradise festival in Nassau in 2012, to Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada in 2010, to Italy in 2009, to China in 2008, and to Jamaica in 2006. Come see the production that has been traveling the world.

Besides the regional tour to area schools in October and November, there will also be a free public preview performance on October 9, and a free public performance of Bard to Go to complete this year’s festival events on November 7. This final performance is always a popular crowd-pleaser most appropriate for middle school ages or above.

This season, Bard to Go will be performing for area secondary schools, in October and November. Schools interested in booking Bard to Go should visit our Schools page for more information and contact Katherine Mayberry, Bard to Go producer by email at maybekat@gvsu.edu.


School Performances October 16, 23, 30 and November 6.





Bard to Go: All's Fair . . .  performs at the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, Virginia 




Bard to Go Lovestruck 2011 performing for a school audience in the Bahamas




Bard to Go: Sweet Revenge 2010
Bard to Go: Lovestruck 2009
in Italy for the Sapperlot Festival







Preview Performance
October 9 at 2p.m.

Mary Idema Pew Library and Learning Center
Allendale Campus Campus

Student Competition Awards Ceremony and
Free Public Bard to Go Performance

November 7, 2014
1 PM Loosemore Auditorium
Pew Grand Rapids Campus
The awards ceremony is followed by a Bard to Go performance  and a reception. Bard to Go is always a crowd pleaser and admission is free.

Download the Poster (coming soon)

For more information about Bard to Go in China, visit their China page here


Click Here to View the Bard to Go Cast (Coming Soon)

Bard to Go 2007 Photo Gallery



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