It's that time once again; Shakespeare time. This fall the Shakespeare Festival features All's Well That Ends Well as our Mainstage production. But for this fall, not only is All Well, but more importantly All's Will!! Shakespeare is what we do, what we bring to the Grand Valley and West Michigan community. We look forward to seeing many of our returning patrons and are anxious to welcome in newcomers as well. There is no better time to enjoy the Shakespeare Festival events. Keep this program to read about all of our activities, and use the calendar to plan your schedule so that you don't miss any of the excitement. And thank you, our wonderful audience, for making all of our hard work worth it.
The Beatles became a sensation with Love Me Do. This fall the Shakespeare Festival remembers the 60s with All's Well That Ends Well. Well might Helena the plays heroine sing the Beatles refrain to Bertram, the man in her love-sights: "Love, love me do / You know I love you / I'll always be true / So please, love me do / Whoa, love me do." All's Well will keep your guessing right up until the final curtain about the love story it tells with bittersweet longing. Helena, one of Shakespeare's most remarkable heroines, performs miracles and undertakes a perilous journey to win the love of Bertram. But Bertram has a lot to learn about women, love, and what it means to be a man. This is a play that charms and frustrates us as it spins out its fairytale plot of a low-born woman who achieves greatness though her courage and the power of imagination. All's Well also brings back a familiar face to Grand Valley: Brian Webb Russell who appeared to acclaim in 2012 as the title villain in Richard III will play the role of Parolles, Bertram's braggart wingman.
But we have More Will than All's Well. The festival touring show, Bard to Go features a brand new show, Witty Fools and Foolish Wits bringing to the stage the Bard's best clowns, fools, and wits. Bard to Go: Witty Fools and Foolish Wits will tour Michigan secondary schools this fall and will also perform in downtown Grand Rapids to conclude this season's festival on November 7 along with the awards ceremony for the festival Student Competition. Additionally, the festival welcomes Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival Artistic Director Grant Mudge as this season's Resident Guest Scholar. Mudge will give a public presentation titled, "My Sighs Stream: Comedy and Empowerment in All's Well That Ends Well." The festival also welcomes the return of the Grand Valley Renaissance Faire, which will include performances by the Shakespeare Festival "Greenshow" production of Jack Juggler.
Please use this site to review all of the festival events, and visit our website for more details. Make your plans to attend as much of the festival as your time permits, you'll love it. We appreciate your attendance and your support and are interested in hearing from you.