- $18 for two tickets to Romeo and Juliet or The Merry Wives of Windsor, presented by Hampshire Shakespeare Company (up to $36 value)
- When: June 24–July 18
- Where: Renaissance Center
- Seating: general admission
- Door time: one hour before showtime
- Click here to view the performance schedule
Romeo and Juliet
Two households, both alike in dignity,
In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,
From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,
Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.
So opens Romeo and Juliet, perhaps Shakespeare’s most famous tragedy and a timeless warning to grudge-bearing elders and impetuous youth alike. The Capulets and the Montagues have been battling for generations, but a chance encounter and instant connection between their scions, Romeo and Juliet, leads to reconciliation under the most tragic circumstances possible. After the famous balcony scene, an unforgettable vignette that descends into an argument about the meaning of the word “wherefore,” the lovers struggle against the fate their families have drawn for them, only to fall victim to their adolescent temerity.
The Merry Wives of Windsor
Sir John Falstaff, apparently having just arrived in Windsor after exiting Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, is broke. Seeing a devious way out of his poverty, the bumbling knight conspires to send identical love letters to two wealthy, currently married women, Mistress Ford and Mistress Page. But the clever pair decide to turn the tables on Falstaff, subjecting him to a series of humiliating pranks that leave him bruised in both body and ego. Meanwhile, Mistress Page’s daughter finds herself the target of three suitors’ affections, leading the audience to wonder whether the quaint concept of marriage for love will conquer all.
Hampshire Shakespeare Company
Each summer, as stars glitter in the sky, Hampshire Shakespeare Company illuminates the crowd below with open-air renditions of the Bard's greatest hits. As showgoers lounge on their blankets, chairs, or elephants, the company stages interpretations of Shakespeare's plays that prize intelligibility and entertainment. In addition to its main-stage shows, the Hampshire Shakespeare Company also puts on a youth theater production each year to give youngsters a taste of the stage, and buoys playwrights from throughout the Valley with workshops and readings.