Holidays at the Blackfriars
Bring the whole family to the Blackfriars Playhouse for an experience they'll be raving about at both the adults' and kids' tables!
Actors' Renaissance Season
This season, we create theatre with no director, little costume assistance, and very little rehearsal time – similar to the way we believe Shakespeare’s company operated.
A Christmas Carol
By CHARLES DICKENS
Adapted by JAMES MCCLURE
The 2018/19 Hand of Time Tour takes a break from touring the country to give you some ghostly season’s greetings. Marley, the three Christmas ghosts, the Cratchits, and Tiny Tim are all back to take Scrooge on the ride of his money-grubbing life. Expect to be right in the middle of this beloved tale with new twists, surprises, and a production filled with music and cheer for the whole family.
Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)
by MICHAEL CARLETON, JIM FITZGERALD, and JOHN K. ALVAREZ
Original music by WILL KNAPP
What better way to ring in the holidays than with every Christmas story ever? This fast-paced romp takes you on the Christmas journey of a lifetime, through your favorite holiday classics, and then some. Hold on tight as you take a tinsel-covered rollercoaster ride bursting with laughter, carols, and joy, and prepare to leave with memories to last a lifetime.
The Merry Wives of Windsor
By WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
Sponsored by BO AND SANDI ROSE
Urban legend claims that Queen Elizabeth asked Shakespeare to write a play featuring “the fat knight in love.” In The Merry Wives of Windsor, Falstaff is certainly in lust, if not truly in love. The objects of his affection, two clever Windsor wives, team up to outsmart and outmaneuver one of Shakespeare’s most beloved bad boys. Romance, farce, and a loving portrait of Elizabethan domestic life blend in this irresistible comic confection.
Henry IV, Part 1
By WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
In this thrilling and poignant coming-of-age story, Shakespeare gives us the whole world: the fabulous fat knight, the troubled king, the hot-blooded warrior, the prodigal prince, and the crew of big-hearted Eastcheap rabble-rousers. Henry IV, Part 1 is Shakespeare’s masterful exploration of family and friends; honor and happiness; and those moments when we are forced to choose between the thing we desire and the thing we know we must do.
Anne Page Hates Fun
By AMY E. WITTING
Companion play to THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR
Sponsored by DR. SHERRY WOOD SHUMAN
Anne Page didn’t always hate fun. Now unsmiling and unmarried, Anne, her seriously ill friend, her immigrant student, and her neighbors in Windsor, New Hampshire protest marriage, risk their hearts, confront loss, and celebrate life. Romance, humor, and a loving portrait of contemporary small town life blend in this new play inspired by Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor.
Arden of Faversham
On February 14, 1551, Thomas Arden was brutally murdered in his own home. Arden of Faversham follows the scheming wife, lover, and hired henchman who carried out the notorious murder that rocked Elizabethan England. One of the earliest domestic tragedies to focus on ordinary, lower-class citizens, this play proves that a grisly, true-crime tale always captivates audiences.
Translated by ROBIN BOND
Directed by DOREEN BECHTOL
Sponsored by RICHARD B. SMITH
In the aftermath of her brothers’ bloody war, Antigone is left torn. Her brother Eteocles will be honored, but her brother Polyneices will be shamed and denied funeral rites. In this ancient tale, Antigone stands for morality in spite of punishment as one of the earliest heroines in drama. Sophocles’s drama from 441 BC holds startling relevance today, examining divinity, obedience, and law – and how love overcomes them all.
The Comedy of Errors
By WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
Directed by DESDEMONA CHIANG
In this rollicking farce, Shakespeare elevates Roman comedy to dizzying heights. Two long-separated twins, their two tricky servants (also twins), a jealous wife, and her lovelorn sister romp through this fast-paced comedy. Filled with mistaken identities and slapstick humor, The Comedy of Errors will have audiences laughing from the first confusion to the last.
The Winter's Tale
by WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
directed by KEVIN RICH
Shakespeare’s magnificent late play is a roller-coaster ride from romance to tragedy to comedy and finally to a place of transcendent beauty that few other works of art have ever gone. “A sad tale’s best for winter,” but after unleashing a wintry tempest onto his characters, Shakespeare ultimately conjures spring’s miraculous rebirth.
16 Winters, or the Bear's Tale
By MARY ELIZABETH HAMILTON
Companion play to THE WINTER’S TALE
Sponsored by KEVIN AND DIANE WILSHERE
SPRING SEASON ONLY Just how long does it take a jealous heart to cool? And how do you pass the time while it does? Spinning a world out of the 16-year gap at the heart of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, Mary Elizabeth Hamilton’s play 16 Winters, or The Bear’s Tale traces the journeys of the exiled queen and her loyal attendant, the jealous king and his dead son, and the abandoned princess and her rebellious artistic cohort.