Murray Shakespeare Festival

2017 Festival

The American Shakespeare Center of Staunton, Virginia, will grace the Lovett Auditorium stage with three performances of Shakespeare's beautiful tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, and one performance of Shakespeare's riotous comedy, The Two Gentlemen of Verona.  

Two Gentlemen of Verona
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Romeo and  Juliet
Photo by Michael Bailey

Shakespeare Festival 2017 Poster
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Performance Schedule

The American Shakespeare Center will return to Lovett Auditorium during the week of March 7-10, 2017. Live entertainment begins 30 minutes before each show, so arrive early!

Romeo and Juliet
Tuesday, March 7, 10 AM

Romeo and Juliet
Wednesday, March 8, 10 AM

Romeo and Juliet
Thursday, March 9, 7 PM

Two Gentlemen of Verona
Friday, March 10, 7PM

Prices are $7 for MSU students, faculty, and staff (with ID); $12 for the general public. Price for children under 12 and students from other institutions is also $7.00. Presale tickets are available in Faculty Hall, 7A Suite; day-of ticket sales are at the Lovett Box office starting one hour before each performance. 

Schedule of Events

Thursday, March 2-Saturday, March 4:Warm Bodies (Zombie Romeo and Juliet), Curris Center, MSU Theater, 7:30 PM, Free

Monday, March 6: Shakespeare Flash Mob: Shakespeare's Pups and The Chili Pepper Challenge, Curris Center Rocking Chair Lounge, Noon - 1 PM

Community Panel: “Combating Teen Suicide and Preventing the Romeo and Juliet Effect,” with Drs. Michael Bordieri and Marie Karlsson (Department of Psychology), Kerry Bordieri (MSU Counseling Services), and William Jones and Barbara Cobb (Department of English and Philosophy), 4-5 PM, MSU College of Education, Alexander Hall Auditorium (free)

Tuesday, March 7: Workshop: "The Text Directs" at Playhouse in the Park, 4-5 PM

Wednesday, March 8: Workshop: "Shakespeare's Staging Conditions," Fulton Independent High School, 2-2:45 PM, Lovett Auditorium (not open to the public)

Lecture, Dr. Barbara Cobb, “'Everything in Extremity': Social Conflict in Romeo and Juliet,” Room 623 Fine Arts Building off the Eagle Gallery, 6th Floor, 3:30-4:30 PM 

Thursday, March 9: Workshop: "The Text Directs," with Drs Barbara Cobb and Debbie Bell, 9:30-10:20 AM, Library Classroom 210 (not open to the public)

Friday, March 10: Workshop: "Beyond the Fourth Wall," with D. Phillipy, 11:30AM-12:20 PM, Wilson Hall 310 B  (not open to the public)
Workshop: "Basic Stage Combat," 3-4 PM, Lovett Auditorium (limited to the first 16 attendees)

Shakespeare Minutes from Past Festivals

As a special treat, please enjoy these "Minutes with Shakespeare" from past festivals. Produced by local NPR member station WKMS, these gems pack the fun and wonder of Shakespeare's memorable characters into 60 seconds!

Check out past "Minutes with Shakespeare" here

NEA logo, Murray Shakespeare Festival

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Teacher Resources

Check out our Shakespeare in the Schools teacher resources page for fun lesson plans.

In the Media

WKMS Highlights 2016 Festival

content from WKMS

Rusty Jones on WKMS Sounds Good

"A Minute with Shakespeare"

Highlight Videos

New! Festival 2013 highlight videos by Roundabout U: 
Shakespeare in the Park
Shakespeare in the Schools

Festival 2012 video: Shakespeare in the Schools.

Festival 2011 video: Festival highlights

And More Media...

Werewolves and a Singing Fool...
At the WKMS studios, Murray Shakespeare Festival organizers Dr. Barbara Cobb and Dr. Rusty Jones talk about some of the more interesting elements of Shakespeare's comedy Twelfth Night and John Webster's gripping tragedy The Duchess of Malfi.

The Bard or Not the Bard?
Murray Shakespeare Festival Chair Dr. Rusty Jones discusses fact versus Hollywood in this interview about the movie Anonymous with local NPR member station WKMS. See the New York Times story "Hollywood Dishonors the Bard."

Related Links and More

Festival Contact

Dr. William "Rusty" Jones
270-809-2397 phone

Ticket Information

Murray Shakespeare Festival 

Tickets are available in the 7A Suite, Faculty Hall, until the day of each performance. Thereafter, tickets are available at the box office in Lovett Auditorium, starting one hour before each performance.