June 15, 2017

White Bear Lake, MN – It’s time to enjoy Shakespeare as The Bard intended—outdoors.

The 42nd season of Shakespeare & Company, Minnesota’s longest-running outdoor classical repertory theatre, begins June 24 at Century College and runs through July 30. This year’s productions are Scapin, Much Ado About Nothing and Henry IV.

All performances are held at Century College’s Outdoor Theatre on the West Campus, 3300 Century Ave. N., White Bear Lake. (Please bring your own lawn chair or blanket, snacks and beverages.) Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and free for children under 12. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7 pm, and Sundays at 6 pm. Tickets are available at the ticket booth prior to the performance. (No advance ticket sales.)

For information, please call 651-779-5818.

Starting June 24, enjoy the following plays:

Scapin by Moliere, directed by George M. Roesler.  Scapin, a trickster and scam artist, becomes the all-arranging schemer of his world of lovers and pompous employers. He puts his endless store of ingenuity to work; getting two lovesick young couples married and taking revenge on their grasping parents.  A comedic romp filled with chases, slapstick, and a cavalcade of bizarre characters driven to the chaotic conclusion by the scams of Scapin. Performances are June 24, June 25, July 1, July 14, July 22, July 30.

Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare, directed by Ann Frances Gregg.  The war is over.  Amidst the homecoming celebrations is the promise of a wedding between sweet Hero and valiant Claudio.  Alongside this idyllic courtship is the stinging verbal battle between the witty Beatrice and Benedick, which picks up exactly where it left off before the war.  Unbeknownst to the two, their dearest freinds unfold a plot for the two sharp-tongued adversaries to discover their true feelings for one another.  However, peace is not guaranteed for anyone because of Don John’s malicious interference. Performances are June 30, July 2, July 8, July 16, July 21, July 29.

Henry IV, Part I,  directed by Jeff Altier. King Henry IV has usurped the throne of England and has found the crown lies uneasy on his head.  His closest allies are rebelling and his oldest son, Hal, has all but deserted him, taking up with lowlifes, including the worst rogue of all–Sir John Falstaff. Chaos looms for henry and his best hope to keep the throne rests in his most unlikely ally.  Performances aer July 7, July 9, July 15, July 23, July 28.