ALL THE FESTIVAL’S A STAGE
Each year the Maryland Renaissance Festival’s village of Revel Grove comes to life in the forests and glen of Crownsville, Maryland. The countryside is transformed with more than 200 entertainers making merry amongst the 16th century shops, emporiums and eateries of King Henry VIII’s magical kingdom. A playground of fun, frivolity and wondrous performances thrill more than 300,000 visitors each year.
The almost continuous entertainment on all ten stages features many returning favorite performers. Shakespeare’s Skum in its 34th year with rollicking renditions of the Bard’s most popular plays in twenty minutes; returning after their thrilling inaugural season Debracey Productions Joust Troupe thunders down the field with solid lances to unhorse one another; showcasing trick riding and even a combat chariot duel; the charming and beguiling talent of A Fool Named “O”, the mime. Returning after many seasons absence are Hey Nunnie Nunnie, wickedly funny singing nuns, and The Ded Bob Sho comedy and improvisation. Don’t miss the chance to mingle with nobility throughout the village with King Henry and his Royal Court.
Throughout the season the most popular renaissance acts from across the country in limited run engagements bid you to visit over and over again; Hilby, the Skinny German Juggle Boy amazes and confuses; Blades of Danger amazes with sharp precision; the Danger Committee thrills with knife throwing and whip snappery; London Broil cooks up rare juggling well done; and in the 45th year of performing nationwide the enormously popular comedy sword fighting and witty repartee Puke and Snot bedazzle with their fast paced humor. For the entire season this year Vixen En Guarde, a trio of swordswomen incorporating stage combat, comedy and audience participation, as well as Dario El Gaucho, originally from Argentina, with his bolas and variety show. Hugely popular favorites appearing at various times also include The Village Idiots comedy and song, Sirena with enchanting and alluring vocals, Barely Balanced comedy and acrobatics, Topsy Turvy contortion and acrobatic duo, Lancelot the Bald with comedic juggling and DangerSlash comedic trickery. Add in a village full of stilt walkers, beggars, hermits, wenches, pick pockets, rakes and rogues for an entertainment experience not only to be seen but to be immersed amongst.
Music fills the village, from sea chanties to Celtic drums you’ll move to the rhythms of more than 100 musical performers. The Festival’s unique Pipe Organ, traditional a cappella groups including Larksong and Seraphim renaissance music from Consort Anon, Renaissance Revelers, Thomas Tillis harmonious harpsicord provide the music and song to enrich your experiences throughout the realm. Spanning many styles and filling theaters with robust and enthusiastic crowds rollicking bands include the thundering drums and ancient pipes of Cu Dubh, ribald O’Danny Girls, Piperjones and visiting Celtic bands McPherson’s Pocketwatch, Poehemia and The Devil’s Tailor. The Festival is exceptional pleased to announce one weekend only special appearances by The Mediaeval Baebes from England and Albannach from Scotland.
All the world’s a stage and this year the Festival also performs Shakespeare’s Henry VIII and a new adaptation of Lope de Vega’s comedy La Dama Boba (The Silly Lady). For nine weekends the Maryland Renaissance Festival brings the Village of Revel Grove, a 27 acre stage, to life for the enjoyment and merriment of all those who enter it’s castle gates. The Maryland Renaissance Festival runs from 10:00 AM to 700 PM Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day Monday from August 25th through October 21st for nine fun filled weekends. For more information, directions and ticketing visit www.marylandrenaissancefestival.com.