The Utah Shakespeare Festival has announced a new, extended season for 2020. The Tony Award-winning theatre company will be producing nine plays from June 1 to October 10.
The 2020 season will start June 1 with Shakespeare’s Cymbeline and Desperate Measures, a musical comedy of Measure for Measure, running in rotating repertory in the Eileen and Allen Anes Studio Theatre. The Anes Studio Theatre will also feature the United States premiere of Shakespeare’s Worst!, with performances from August 6 to October 9.
The fourth week of June, Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors, Pericles and Richard III open in the Festival’s outdoor Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre. The Comedy of Errors will open on June 22 and play through September 4. Playgoers will have a chance to see the rarely performed Pericles from June 23 to September 3. The next installment in the Festival’s History Cycle is Richard III, playing from June 24 to September 5.
The Randall L. Jones Theatre will host One Man, Two Guvnors, running June 25 to October 10, Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance, running June 26 to September 5, and Into the Breeches!, running July 28 to September 9.
“It’s a season of love, laughter, romance, and revenge,” said Artistic Director Brian Vaughn. “Complete with identical twins, singing cowboys, dancing pirates, charming villains, and inspiring women, each of these plays celebrate the glory of life, the magnitude of love, and the laughter that lives in us all.”
Tickets for the 2020 shows are $20 to $82 and are now on sale through the Festival website at bard.org, through the box office at 1-800-PLAYTIX, or at the Ticket Office at the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts.
Cymbeline, William Shakespeare’s fantastical romance includes a wicked stepmother, a banished soulmate, villains, ghosts, long-lost princes, and a lion-hearted heroine, based on mythic legends of ancient Celts and chock-full of deception, intrigue, innocence, and jealousy.
Desperate Measures by Peter Kellogg and David Friedman is a critically acclaimed new show that takes Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure and goes west—as in cowboys, a mysterious sheriff, a saloon girl gone good, and a nun out of the habit.
Shakespeare’s Worst! is an original and hilarious retelling of Shakespeare’s Two Gentlemen of Verona, written by Mike Reiss of The Simpsons fame and actor and teacher Nick Newlin. Workshopped as part of the USF’s Words3 new play program in 2018, this new play is set in a small-town theatre where a group of actors are performing Shakespeare’s classic, but one of the cast members is unhappy and tired of the show!
Comedy of Errors features not just one, but two sets of bewildered twins. It’s double the laughter and twice the fun as confusion reigns supreme.
Pericles will be performed for only the third time in the Festival’s history. Pericles is searching for thrills, treasure, and family, but his loves die, his friends deceive him, and the gods seem to be against him.
Richard III features one of Shakespeare’s most charming and evil villains. Richard, the ambitious son of York, has taken the English throne by exploiting or murdering everyone in his path, but it isn’t clear that he can keep it in the twisted world he has created.
One Man, Two Guvnors, the hilarious new comedy by Richard Bean, is a fresh take on the classic farce A Servant of Two Masters and a unique laugh-out-loud mix of satire, songs, and stupendous physical comedy as Francis finds himself with two new jobs and two new bosses.
The Pirates of Penzance spotlights a ship full of zany pirates, a bevy of giggling maidens, and a band of bumbling policemen, and the show continues to be one of the most charmingly silly love stories ever to grace the stage.
Into the Breeches! is a heartwarming look at the WWII home front through the story of a group of women who band together to mount a production of Henry V and keep their favorite theatre going while the men are off to war.
The Utah Shakespeare Festival is a destination theatre that presents life-affirming classical and contemporary plays and musicals, in rotating repertory, and interactive experiences. All of our work is intended to entertain, educate, and enrich regional and national audiences.