A Shakespeare in the Woods for Modern Times
‘Much Ado About Nothing’ opens Shakespeare in the Woods, an unconventional outdoor theatre festival, at the Northshire Civic Center (Riley Rink) in Manchester, at 7 p.m. Thursday to Sunday, August 22 to 25. Heralded as one of Shakespeare’s wittiest comedies, ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ was written in 1599. This adapted version tells the story of a group of soldiers returning to Vermont following a successful battle abroad. When they are invited to stay under one roof, the result is a romantic comedy filled with love, deception and mistaken identity, performed by an all-female cast to explore the world of masculinity and how it shapes our society. A modern take on ‘Romeo and Juliet’ will be staged August 29 to September 1 and ‘The Taming of the Shrew,’ a comedic battle of the sexes, from September 5 to 8. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door for adults; students 12 and under are $12. They are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Go to rileyrink.com and click on the Special Events tab. Create an account or log, then select the play and performance date/time, or call Lisa Larson at 802-362-0150.
For more information on the inaugural season of Shakespeare in the Woods, including how to make a donation to support it, you can go to the website at