CEDAR CITY, UT — Although the actors for the 2011 season of the Tony Award-winning Utah Shakespeare Festival won’t even arrive in Cedar City for another week, the creative staff of the Festival is looking ahead a year; and David Ivers and Brian Vaughn, artistic directors, today announced their slate of plays for the 2012 season.
The season, coming on the heels of what is shaping up to be a very successful and popular 50th anniversary this year, will feature eight plays and will run June 21 to October 20, 2012. Tickets will go on sale June 23, 2011 to the general public; Festival members will be able to purchase tickets earlier.
The Merry Wives of Windsor, by William Shakespeare, features that loveable rogue, Falstaff, in a battle of wits with two of Windsor’s most clever women.
Titus Andronicus has been produced at the Festival only one other time. This vicious tale of revenge is one of Shakespeare’s earliest tragedies and was one of his most popular plays during his lifetime.
Mary Stuart, by Friedrich Schiller, is a political intrigue telling the dynamic story of Mary Queen of Scots and her conflicts with Elizabeth I, Shakespeare’s queen. Written in 1800, it is compelling and highly charged Elizabethan drama.
To Kill a Mockingbird is a classic and potent stage adaptation of Harper Lee’s immensely popular and important novel. This much-read story is extremely relevant today as its beloved characters—Scout, Jem, Dill, Atticus, and others—come alive on the Festival stage.
The Drowsy Chaperone, a Tony Award-winning Broadway and regional hit, is an ingenious musical that will have audiences laughing and humming for days after the final curtain call.
Scapin is a modern adaptation of Moliére’s hilarious comedy. It is irreverent, pun-filled, thoroughly modern, and filled from top to bottom with comic madness.
Hamlet, perhaps the greatest play in the English language, comes to the indoor Randall Theatre this year for a new look at William Shakespeare’s vision of murder, betrayal, family, love, and loss.
Stones in His Pocket, an audience favorite at the Festival, will return with David Ivers and Brian Vaughn once again playing a host of characters in this tragic, comic, and ultimately surprising tale of two Everymen.
TBA Holiday Show: The Festival will produce in December a special treat for its audiences. The exact play is yet to be decided, but will certainly feature all the warmth and joy of the Christmas season.
For more information or to order tickets, please call 800-PLAYTIX or visit www.bard.org.