Many common phrases were coined by William Shakespeare, including "dead as a doornail," "vanish into thin air," and "Oh no, I'm falling." Start a dialogue with this GrouponLive deal.
- $18 for two tickets to Hampshire Shakespeare Company presents The Comedy of Errors or Julius Caesar (up to $36 value)
- When: through August 3
- Where: The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies
- Curtain time: 7 p.m.
- General admission
- Door time: one hour before showtime
Shows are performed under the stars. In case of rain, limited indoor seating is available or a rain voucher will be provided.
The value of this deal is based on regular ticket prices and doesn't reflect student, senior, or children's discounts. Children aged 12 and younger regularly get in for $7.
The Comedy of Errors
One of Shakespeare's earliest and most farcical plays, The Comedy of Errors follows two sets of estranged twins through a day of madcap misunderstandings in the city of Ephesus. Antipholus of Syracuse and his servant Dromio enter the city searching for their long-lost, identically named twins, separated from them by a shipwreck. Things unravel when the Ephesian Antipholus's wife and creditors mistake the twins for their identical counterparts. Ever-deepening misunderstandings culminate in a chase, the near execution of the far-flung clan’s patriarch, and a tearful reconciliation.
It is among the most iconic episodes in history, but the drama of Julius Caesar's assassination might be matched by the power of Shakespeare's poetry. This is the play that birthed the phrases "Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears," "Beware the Ides of March," and, of course, "Sup, Brutus?" As the titular Roman ruler grapples with the burden of power, his once close friend Marcus Brutus begins to fear that Caesar will turn the republic into a monarchy—a misunderstanding with tragic results.
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.