Shakespeare in the ‘Burg brought another successful weekend of theatre to Middleburg, with the third festival featuring performances of The Importance of Being Earnest and The Life of King Henry V. A Sunday brunch and performance of the winning play from the festival’s one-act playwriting competition, along with a delightful Friday evening event at the Middleburg Library, created unique “bookends” to the event.
April 1-3 brought visitors and local residents into town for Shakespeare in the ‘Burg, now in its third year. Plans are already underway for 2017’s event, which will feature Romeo and Juliet and Two Gentlemen of Verona, along with the one-act playwriting competition.
The 2017 performances will take place at The Hill School, a venue that can accommodate the larger productions that are now part of the acting troupe performing Shakespeare’s plays—the internationally recognized American Shakespeare Center.
Co-chairs of Shakespeare in the ‘Burg, Jo Ann Hazard and Genie Ford, noted that it takes many volunteers and many hours to put the program together. This year Foxcroft School was a major partner, providing housing to the actors, as did the Goodstone Inn. Ayrshire Farm catered the Sunday brunch, and the Middleburg Library staff welcomed Hunt Lyman and Jill Beiffus for a presentation on the enduring legacy of Shakespeare’s contributions to the English language.
Planning is already underway for 2017, and the Shakespeare in the ‘Burg committee, Jo Ann Hazard, Genie Ford, Mimi Stein and Peter Wood, has high hopes for next year’s performances.