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  • 2014-2015 Season News

    • Among many others, fans of Downton Abbey will love The Alabama Shakespeare Festival’s production of Oscar Wilde’s deliriously funny The Importance of Being Earnest. Friends Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff concoct elaborate deceptions to engage their love interests, Gwendolen and Cecily – but their elaborate schemes fall apart when the formidable Lady Bracknell enters the scene! A tangle of mistaken identities and witty banter spark humor at every turn – while Jack’s earnest wooing of Gwendolyn, the irrepressible Algernon’s realization that he really adores Cecily and the coming together of the aging Canon Chasuble and his prim Miss. Prism, define the word “romance” with three delightful love stories played out simultaneously, with great charm and infectious humor. 

    • Pop music superstar Michael Bolton will be headlining the Alabama Shakespeare Festival’s second annual Benefit the Bard concert on Saturday, August 22 at 8 p.m. This fundraiser is presented by Wind Creek Hospitality and the Alabama Shakespeare Festival to support the State Theatre of Alabama’s cultural programming and educational efforts.
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      The lust for power drives the tragic tale of a noble monarch driven to madness by family betrayal, treachery and regret in William Shakespeare’s King Lear. Performances of King Lear on the Festival stage begin April 10th.  Tickets start at $30 and may be purchased by calling 800.841.4273, visiting online at www.asf.net or at the ASF Box Office located at 1 Festival Drive in the heart of Montgomery’s stunning Blount Cultural Park.  

       

      King Lear tells the story of a great monarch on the verge of dividing his kingdom among his three daughters. When he puts them to the test of having to prove their love for him, he doesn’t hear what he wants to hear, and the family begins the painful process of breaking apart. Eventually, the once great king loses all he held dear. Legendary author George Benard Shaw noted, “No man will ever write a greater tragedy than Lear." 

       

    • August 27, 2014
      Coming on the heels of a wildly successful production of Disney’s Mary Poppins, The Alabama Shakespeare Festival announces its new season, which includes another Disney blockbuster, The Little Mermaid.   The titles that will be produced in Montgomery over the course of the 2014-15 season include the heartwarming holiday favorite A Christmas Carol (by Charles Dickens, adapted by Geoffrey Sherman); the beloved musical the LA Times calls “a song-filled valentine”  Always…Patsy Cline (by Ted Swindley); a whimsical and wonderful adaptation of Alice in Wonderland (by Lewis Carroll); one of the funniest plays ever written, The Importance of Being Earnest (by Oscar Wilde), Shakespeare’s epic masterpiece King Lear, Shakespeare’s delightful and romantic As You Like It and Disney’s magical musical extravaganza, The Little Mermaid.

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