2019 Season

During the 2019 Season at Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, our four productions were Family Shakespeare: Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth, Guys & Dolls, and The Comedy of Errors.

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Family Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet

“O, much I fear some ill unlucky thing.”

The fighting families of Montague and Capulet put their feud before their children’s happiness in Shakespeare’s classic tale of “star-crossed” young love, reimagined for audiences of all ages in this one-hour adaptation.

Suitability: This adaptation is intended for audiences of all ages, and has been shortened to approximately one hour. There are songs and comedy, but also intense emotional situations and some violence. The original story is intact, including Romeo and Juliet's tragic ending.

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Macbeth

"If chance will have me king, why, chance may crown me.”

Brave warrior Macbeth emerges victorious from battle to be greeted by three witches who hail him as the future king of Scotland. What follows is a dizzying descent into political machinations, murder, and madness.

Suitability: This is a very dark Shakespeare tragedy which features mature situations and themes, as well as sword fights, murder, blood, and magic.

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Guys and Dolls

“Luck be a lady tonight!”

High-rolling gambler Sky Masterson never took a bet he couldn’t win, until he met the no-nonsense Sarah Brown, a mission worker set on redeeming the sinners of Broadway. It’s the audience who wins in this delightful musical of love and luck!

Suitability: This classic musical is fast-paced and full of catchy songs and clever choreography. It is set in the somewhat seedy world of Broadway in New York City in the 1930s, with one of the main characters working as a singer and dancer in the Hot Box nightclub.

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The Comedy of Errors

“Hapless Aegeon, whom the fates have mark’d to bear the extremity of dire mishap!”

A tragic shipwreck, two sets of twins divided at birth, mistaken identities, and unrequited love provide the perfect recipe for fun in this Shakespearean farce. The fates bring the brothers and their long-lost father Aegeon together in the land of Ephesus with hilarious results.

Suitability: The Comedy of Errors is a farcical adventure with some larger-than-life characters and situations. There are some light romantic situations and slapstick violence.