Daniel Davis Is Lear, Laila Robins Is Blanche at Shakespeare Theatre of NJ in 2008

News   Daniel Davis Is Lear, Laila Robins Is Blanche at Shakespeare Theatre of NJ in 2008 The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey announced seven of the eight productions of its 2008 season. Noel Coward, Peter Shaffer, Tennessee Williams and William Shakespeare will all be represented on the stages of the Madison, NJ, Equity company.

Tony Award nominee Daniel Davis, widely known for playing the butler Niles on TV's "The Nanny," will star as King Lear in 2008. His Broadway credits include The Frogs, La Cage aux Folles, Wrong Mountain (for which he was Tony-nommed), The Invention of Love and more.

Laila Robins, a Shakespeare Theatre of NJ favorite who has appeared in Broadway's Frozen, Heartbreak House and The Herbal Bed, will play Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire.

The upcoming 46th season follows a 2007 season that saw an increase in attendance — including an increase at the Outdoor Stage, where all records broke with a more than 40 percent increase, according to artistic director Bonnie J. Monte.

The 2008 season begins April 29-May 18 with Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors, followed by Peter Shaffer's Amadeus (May 28-June 22 on the Main Stage); The Compleat Works of Wllm Shkspr (abridged) (June 18-20) "under the stars" at the Shakespeare Theatre's Outdoor Stage – the Greek Theatre on the campus of the College of St. Elizabeth in Morristown; King Lear (July 2-27 on the Main Stage) starring Daniel Davis; Noel Coward's Private Lives (Aug. 6-31 on the Main Stage); Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire (Sept. 10-Oct. 5 on the Main Stage) starring Laila Robins as Blanche DuBois; and Romeo and Juliet (Oct. 15-Nov. 16 on the Main Stage). The season will conclude with a yet-to-be announced production (Dec. 3-28 on the Main Stage).

The Shakespeare Theatre also announced that the 2008 season would feature increased discounts on subscriptions and ticket packages — "offering subscribers substantial discounts of up to 45 percent off single ticket prices." For more information about the season, call (973) 408-5600 or visit www.ShakespeareNJ.org.

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The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey's Main Stage is the 308-seat F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre in Madison at 36 Madison Avenue (Route 124) at Lancaster Road (on the Drew University campus).

The Outdoor Stage is located at the Greek Theatre on the campus of the College of St. Elizabeth in Morristown.