Shakespearean Festival Resumes in Huntington, Barboursville

Shakespearean Festival Resumes in Huntington, Barboursville

After a year hiatus, the West Virginia Shakespeare Festival resumes live performances  this weekend.

Sponsored by the Alchemy Theatre and the West Virginia Humanities Council, the 4th Annual festival begins at 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Barboursville Park Amphitheater.  As performances are outdoors, patrons should bring lawn chairs or blankets. and are encouraged to bring food and drink

All performances this year are in repertory meaning they rotate back and forth each day, and reverse the second weekend. The all-female cast of ANTIGONE, directed by Leah Turley, opens Friday, and resumes Sunday, and Saturday, June 19th.

The second show, the hilarious comedy The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), plays at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 12, 8:30 p.m. Friday, June 18th, 5:30 p.m.  Saturday, June 19th and 8:30 p.m. Sunday, June 20th.

  Here's a quick "meet the cast" video for ANTIGONE   and a quick "meet the cast" video for COMPLETE WORKS  

June 19th is an all-day West Virginia Shakespeare Festival Event - there will be vendors, games, face painting, a Shakespeare themed puzzle room by The Lost Escape Room, food trucks and performances all throughout the day, including: Brian Cook & Jesse Riggs, Danny Adkins, Render the Hearts, Tracy Tooley, John & George Kinley and much more!

There will also be a kids Shakespeare workshop at 10am that day, led by Jon Joy and at 4PM there will be a "Teaching Shakespeare" workshop for anyone interested, led by Dr. Hilary Brewster of Marshall University.  Then, at 5:30pm the shows begin with The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) and then at 8:30pm will be the final performance of ANTIGONE.  The day is going to be PACKED, but patrons can experience all of it for just $20!  

Direct link for tickets to the festival:  

As another part of our festival this year, Alchemy Theatre has been awarded a major grant from the West Virginia Humanities Council, allowing them to offer a series of workshops about Shakespeare, ancient texts and more.  All of these workshops (except the ones mentioned above on the festival day) will be at ReGeneration Church in Huntington, on 4th Avenue, above the old Latta's building (now Brand Yourself). 

All of these workshops and seminars are ABSOLUTELY FREE to the public. Instructors for the workshops include Shakespearean scholar and California TVG horse racing personality Richard Perloff, as well as some of our local current and retired professors from Marshall University like Leah Turley & Gene Anthony to help round out the workshop series.  Perloff's Keynote address on Monday night at 8pm, "Shakespeare's Comedies - It's not all fun and games!", will be particularly interesting.  Just sign up for the workshops on the website.

  Here's a quick video about the workshops!  

These workshops run the evenings of Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, June 14-16, from 6PM to 8PM and 8PM to 10PM.  Patrons can sign up for free at the link below.