Shakespeare in the ‘Burg is just two weeks away and now is the time to purchase tickets for The Life of King Henry V, The Importance of Being Earnest and Billings, the winning play from our international playwriting competition.

The playwright, Lloyd Pace, will be joining us from New York to see his play performed and to talk with our guests about being a playwright and this play in particular. Billings will be preceded by a gourmet champagne brunch catered by Ayrshire Farm and the Home Farm Store. Tickets are $25. The performance is at the Middleburg Community Center, and doors will open at 11 a.m.

New this year is an expanded stage so that all of our guests will have great seats. Every performance will be up close, personal—and highly entertaining. The production values of the American Shakespeare Center, who will perform the two plays on Saturday, April 2, are extraordinary. They create a dynamic yet intimate experience for play goers, and they have been honored many times for the high standards they bring to the stage.

The Importance of Being Earnest is at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 2. Doors open at 1:30 for a musical prelude that you won’t want to miss. Chrysalis Wines will be selling wines at both Saturday performances, and Popcorn Monkey will be selling popcorn, including  our commemorative Shakespeare in the ‘Burg popcorn tins. Tickets are $40

The Life of King Henry V is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, with doors opening at 7 for music. Both of these plays, by different authors and with very different subjects, share a mutual compassion and depth of understanding of human nature. Oscar Wilde’s Earnest uses satire and farce to make his point. Shakespeare’s use of language is unequaled in our history, and Henry V has everything—humor, romance, tragedy and action. Tickets are $40.

Book your tickets at www.shakespeareintheburg.com

And—be sure to join us at the Middleburg Library on Friday, April 1, 6-8 pm. Hunt Lyman and Jill Beifuss will make a special presentation as we commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. They will discuss the enduring legacy of Shakespeare and his contributions to the English language, and their presentation will include a performance aspect. The library also sponsored a competition for the best cake decoration, so you won’t want to miss this. This event is FREE, and there will be refreshments!