The fourth Shakespeare in the ‘Burg theater festival will be held March 31-April 2, 2017 in beautiful, historic Middleburg, Va. This year’s event will feature a new theater company as well as a greater opportunity to support emerging playwrights—all in an intimate and lovely new venue.

 Shakespeare in the Square, based in New York, NY, will perform Two Gentlemen of Verona; a play many scholars believe may be the first Shakespeare ever wrote. The troupe will also perform the winning plays from the festival’s one-act playwriting competition, a feature of the festival that has grown over the years. For younger theater fans, Nicolo Whimsey will introduce Shakespeare through music, comedy, juggling and more.

 Performances will be held at the Hill School’s Shelia Johnson Center for Performing Arts, 130 S. Madison Street, in Middleburg. Two Gentlemen of Verona will be presented on Saturday, April 1, at 7:30 p.m. A brunch, with performances of the winning one-act plays, will be on Sunday, April 2, at 11 a.m.—also at the Hill School.

Shakespeare in the Square actors will present workshops at the Hill School, with plans underway for other local schools to be involved as well. Nicolo Whimsey will perform at the Parish House, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 105 E. Washington Street in Middleburg, at 3:15 p.m., Friday, March 31.

Tickets for Two Gentlemen of Verona are $45. Tickets for the Sunday brunch are $30, and the Nicolo Whimsey workshop is $5.