Celebrating its 27th season, the Michigan Shakespeare Festival’s many performances will begin on July 18, and run through August 20, at Canton’s Village Theater, located at 50400 Cherry Hill Road, Canton, MI 48187. This summer, theater-goers can experience: “Macbeth” as well as “Pericles, Prince of Tyre” and one non-Shakespearean classical piece - Georges Feydeau’s “A Flea in Her Ear.”
Under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Janice L. Blixt, the MSF brings a fresh perspective to the Shakespeare canon each season, while introducing audiences to other classical and modern works. With their combined professional talent and skills, the company of actors and artisans makes these plays fresh and easily understood by a modern audience.
Tickets for each of this season’s shows can be purchased online at https://www.michiganshakespearefestival.com or through The Village Theater at Cherry Hill’s Box Office by calling (734)395-5300.
Michigan Shakespeare Festival 2023 Plays Include:
The “Tragedy of Macbeth” sees "something wicked this way comes . . .” Three witches make a prophecy to a proud warrior that he will be king of Scotland – but will it be through his own actions or the decisions of others? A violent and intense tale of controlling ambition and scruples ignored, Macbeth is one of Shakespeare's most famous and admired works, filled with unforgettable speeches, scenes, and characters.
“Pericles, Prince of Tyre,” tells about young Prince Pericles of Tyre, who survives a shipwreck and lands in Pentapolis where the king is having a tournament to find the best knight to wed his lovely daughter, Thaisa. A seldom-produced Shakespearean play – with parts contributed by other playwrights – “Pericles” is a glorious example of the pageantry and theatrical style of the Jacobean era – filled with magic, fairy tale intrigues, and unforgettable characters.
Georges Feydeau's “A Flea in Her Ear” tells the story of jealous spouses reacting to real or possibly imagined infidelities. When happily married Raymonde begins to question whether her marriage really is happy and wonders if her husband, Victor Emmanuel, might be cheating on her, she confides in her best friend Lucienne and the two devise a plan to test him. What follows is a delightful farce of mistaken identities, mistaken rooms, and mistaken motives. Written in 1907 by Belle Epoche playwright Georges Feydeau, “A Flea in Her Ear” is a delightful Parisian romp with clever characters and silly intrigue.
The Michigan Shakespeare Festival is now headquartered in Plymouth, MI at the Plymouth Arts and Recreation Complex (PARC). For more information, contact the festival at (517) 998-3673 or visit michiganshakespearefestival.com.
For more information about The Village Theater at Cherry Hill, please call (734) 394-5300 or visit www.cantonvillagetheater.org.