I had so much fun planning the 2018-2019 season. I’ve been listening to you over the years about what kinds of plays have the greatest impact, because I want to produce theater that feeds you, that excites you, and that keeps you talking and thinking about your experiences at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company. With this in mind, I’ve chosen a wide variety of styles, playwrights, and themes. Each play, I think, will resonate with you. Join us in our breathtaking, award-winning Downtown theater and our summer outdoor home in Ellicott City at the picturesque PFI Historic Park. We welcome you!
–Ian Gallanar, Founder and Artistic Director
Kate Hardcastle has a love problem: Her prospective fiancé is tongue-tied around women of high class but a charmer with the help. Silliness and satire follow when he mistakes Miss Hardcastle for a serving maid – and she decides to play along. Enjoy a bawdy, witty, comic feast of practical jokes and romantic mix-ups from the 1700s. Ask me no questions, and I’ll tell you no fibs.
Henry IV is a brilliant bounty of drama and comedy for any Shakespeare-lover. Together, Part I and Part II tell the spellbinding chronicle of the roguish young Prince Hal. He is pulled between his dutiful father, King Henry, and his friend, the magnetic, funny, and dissolute Jack Falstaff.
We will present the two plays in rep, with each part offered as a subscription series choice. On select Saturdays, join us for a rare treat. Our Henry IV Marathon: Part I, dinner, and Part II, will be a Falstaffian feast of Shakespeare! When you subscribe for the season, choose both plays and indicate your preference for the biggest Shakespeare event of the season. Eat, Drink, and Be Merry!
Henry IV, Part I
February 15 – March 30, 2019
Shakespeare’s Henry IV begins where Richard II ends: Bolingbroke has taken the throne from Richard II and is now King Henry IV. His reign is bedeviled by rebellion, political intrigue, and the antics of his heir. Young Prince Hal forsakes the burdens of royalty to carouse with rogues and fools. Hal’s maturity and mettle soon will be tested. To secure his own future, he must face his cousin, Henry Hotspur, at the pivotal Battle at Shrewsbury.
Henry IV, Part II
March 15 – April 7, 2019
Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown. As King Henry IV nears death, warring among the nobility continues: The rebels regroup, aligned now with Northumberland against the crown. The aging tavern-brawler Falstaff is up to his unscrupulous tricks and scene-stealing humor. Prince Hal avoids responsibility but inevitably, duty calls: He will become the monarch.
This vital story asks us to remember a dark moment in world history through the eyes of a young girl: Poignant and powerful, Anne Frank’s hopes and dreams shine in her words penned while hiding during the Nazi invasion of the Netherlands. This adaptation, containing more of Anne’s original writing, and more forthright about the characters’ Judaism, makes this play more necessary than ever. Learn more about the play here.
O! These are barren tasks, too hard to keep: Not to see ladies, study, fast, not sleep!
In this rollicking comedy filled with brilliant puns, the King of Navarre and three courtiers agree to avoid the distractions of women for three years while they study and pray. How well does that go? You can guess: When the gorgeous Princess of France and her ladies arrive on a diplomatic mission, the men become lovestruck, back-stabbing sneaks. Bring a picnic and enjoy the laughs In-The-Ruins at the PFI Historic Park.
By William Shakespeare
In-the-Ruins at the PFI Historic Park in Ellicott City
June 7 – June 24, 2019
Out, out brief candle. Life is no more than an illusion. The horror and the poetry of this supernatural tragedy are magnified as the moon rises over Macbeth’s castle – represented by the stone walls of Howard County’s Patapsco Female Institute. You’ll be up close to the action as you travel with the actors through the park. For movable plays, audience size will be limited each night.
Macbeth is an add-on play; it is not a subscription series choice.
Ebenezer Scrooge lives in Victorian Baltimore in our one-of-a-kind adaptation of the classic Christmas ghost story. A delight for all ages, A Christmas Carol (with a Baltimore twist) celebrates local history and Chesapeake culture while staying true to the traditional story. I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.
A Christmas Carol is an add-on play, not a subscription series choice.
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