The Festival has ended for 2018. Thank you to all our visitors for a wonderful season and we look forward to seeing you August 24, 2019.
Stage, Street Acts & Royal Court Events (2019 updates will be included soon.)
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Renaissance RumbleStarring Joe Grasso, John Kelso, Mike Martin, Casey Severn, John Dickson Wakefield.
Do you love everything about Shakespeare except for all of those words? Have you ever wished Hamlet would stop complaining and do something about his problems BEFORE ACT FIVE? Are tights simply not masculine enough for you?
Then trade in those tights for a big manly unitard, and step into the arena as Renaissance Rumble presents: Shakespeare in the Ring! Join your host, William Shakespeare, as he presents his most famous fight scenes as they were always meant to be seen - with less exposition and more headlocking, body-slamming violence! Rated PG
http://www.renaissancerumble.com/ Performing six weekends: 8/25-9/9, and 10/6 - 10/21.
Royal Event: The Royal WelcomeWritten by: Carolyn Spedden
Directed by Randy Dalmas
The Mayor and his family official welcome the royal court to celebrate the harvest festival. This morning show is an excellent primer for all festival guests as you will meet the villagers and court, and learn the gossip which will propel the court & village drama throughout the day.
10:30am at Gatehouse Stage.
Photo by Melissa Jo York-Tilley.
A Royal Court Show: False Hope and Foolish DreamsWritten by Carolyn Spedden; Directed by Brian Douglas
The Royal Court is always a place of schemes and plots, but never so much as in 1529. The King had hoped for a quick annulment of his marriage to Queen Katherine, but he is now in the second year of delays, which is causing great frustration to both the King and Anne Boleyn. Cardinal Wolsey knows the knives are out for him at Court, and if he fails to secure the annulment for the King, he could be dismissed from Court...or worse. And Queen Katherine is adamant that her marriage is legitimate and will not quietly enter a convent. She will fight for her marriage to the bitter end!
This 25 minute show is performed at the Globe Theatre.
Royal Event: The Closing Ceremony and Royal FarewellJoin the villagers at 6:55pm at the gate to bid the King, Queen, and Royal Court a final farewell in this brief official closing ceremony.
Shakespeare's SkumCarolyn Spedden, who is the writer and director too. Liz Demery, Stephon Walker, Steve Wannall.
“Absolute genius parodies of the Bard’s work” - City Paper.
Taking the text from the Bard's greatest plays and adding their own special brand of humor, these thirty minutes adaptations are funny to those unfamiliar with Shakespeare and even funnier to those who know the plays. This season the Skummers will perform the oft requested Tag-Tam Romeo & Juliet (AARP version), the Skummy classic Macbeth In 20 Minutes or Less, and the tragically ridiculous Othello: Just Having A Bad Day. At the Globe. Don't say you weren't warned.
STREETspeareBrevity is the soul of wit! STREETspeare is the festival's unique program to present a bit of the Bard, and works from other medieval and renaissance writers, into the pathways of Revel Grove. Scenes will run between 4 - 10 minutes long. Collect all of them! A listing of the scenes, times, and locations plus a special STREETspeare playing card will be available at Customer Service!
Stupina Stupina (Michele Schultz) returns to the village from September 29th to October 21st. Stupina has her own special innocent charm which delights children ages 1 to 100!
Topsy Turvy ShowLily Hufnagel and Amanda Renaud return with The Topsy Turvy Show - a performance of acrobatics, circus arts, people balancing and more! 9/8 - 10/21
Photo: Andrew Lesny Photography
TreasueQuest: Pirate Comedy and Magic
Captain Nobeard (Matthew Pauli) is a no good, lying scoundrel of a pirate who has misplaced a treasure. Until he finds the true map again, he is cursed to always carry a jar of the waters where the treasure was lost. Can a pirate use a little magic and some help from the audience to find the truth and restore the treasure? At the Gatehouse Stage
Vixens En GardeNew this season!
This talented and tempting trio swashbuckle their way through Shakespeare using daring swordplay, witty repartee, and a naughty sense of humor—all in an interactive fast-paced show that will keep you on the edge of your seat!
The Walking Tree ManYou may find one of the trees in Revel Grove is talking to you. Don't be alarmed - it is Oakley, the walking tree man, who will amaze and delight your entire family! 8/25 - 9/9 only.
The Way of the SwordWritten and Directed by Geoff Thompson. Featuring members of the Fight Corps.
It is Time for the Revel Grove Militia to Train with new weapons: The Broadsword, Bastard Sword and Shield! What happens when Knuckles interrupts with his newly learned Broadsword skills and revenge on his mind? They Fight!
Wheel of DeathGrant Murray.
Death defying, daring and dangerous. Ichabod Wainwright will run, jump, flip and more atop the worlds only wooden wheel of death! A three story tall rotating contraption built to defy gravity and equilibrium. Come see Ichabod attempt the impossible! Near the Chapel & Fortune Stage.Don't miss it!