NC Shakespeare Will Have Lear, Much Ado, Shirley Valentine and More in 2008

News   NC Shakespeare Will Have Lear, Much Ado, Shirley Valentine and More in 2008 The North Carolina Shakespeare Festival has announced its 2008 season of plays in Winston-Salem and High Point, NC. One change to the year is the lack of a weeklong residency in Raleigh.

The company enters its 32nd season with its second season of plays in downtown Winston-Salem, at an intimate 100-seat space in the Sawtooth Building on Marshal Street in Winston-Salem. The NCSF Twin City Theatre season will feature the Willy Russell comedy Shirley Valentine (Feb. 16-March 2) featuring Rebecca Koon; and the comedy that pokes the Bard in the eye, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) (March 15-30) featuring NCSF veterans Allan Edwards and Lucius Houghton and Winston-Salem native Ben Baker.

In July, NCSF will present A Thousand Cranes, a regionally popular youth and family play that tells the true story of young Sadako, a victim of the Hiroshima atomic bomb disaster. Sadako is diagnosed with radiation sickness and begins an inspiring journey, believing in an old folk tale that if one folds a thousand paper cranes their wish will be granted. It will play The High Point Theatre during July.

The MainStage season in fall 2008 in High Point will feature two of Shakespeare's most popular plays, King Lear and Much Ado About Nothing. Lear will feature NCSF veteran actor, Graham Smith, in the title role; Henson Keys will direct Much Ado.

The MainStage season runs Sept. 6-Oct. 5 at The High Point Theatre.

The season concludes with The Festival's 31st production of Dickens' A Christmas Carol (Nov. 30-Dec. 21). The Festival will not be presenting its week-long residency in Raleigh this year. Managing director Pedro Silva stated, "This is a setback for us, but we can't make the 2008 calendar work between The Fletcher Theater and High Point Theatre. High Point Furniture Market dates have been in great flux the past few years. This has made it impossible this year for us to schedule our week in Raleigh to begin immediately after we close in High Point. But it seems the Furniture Market schedule is settling now and we hope to be back in Raleigh just as soon as we can arrange a scheduling format that guarantees a regular annual Raleigh visit."

For more information, visit www.ncshakes.org.

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