Every month, we check in with our theater partners to give you a snapshot of Shakespeare across the United States. Here’s a look at what’s onstage in February.
Romeo and Juliet plays at the Atlanta Shakespeare Company through February 22. Atlanta celebrities like Atlanta radio icon Lois Reitzes and The Walking Dead’s Ann Mahoney deliver the play’s famous Chorus (You remember: “Two households,” etc. etc.) in Elizabethan digs.
Brave Spirits Theatre’s Richard II and Henry IV, Part 1 continue. They’re joined by Henry IV, Part 2 as the company continues to add plays to its ambitious, eight play Shakespeare’s Histories repertory. By summer 2021, you’ll be able to watch about 100 years of English history unfold all on one stage.
At the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, Measure for Measure is onstage through February 23.
In the Midwest, February is Austen Month. The Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s new musical adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma is onstage through March 15. Meanwhile, the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s production of Pride and Prejudice begins February 28. The fast-paced script comes from our old pal Kate Hamill, one of the United States’s most produced playwrights and writer of hit adaptations of Sense and Sensibility, Vanity Fair, Dracula, and Little Women. Director Sara Clark tells us that her favorite part of Hamill’s adaptation is that Hamill highlights “how funny Jane Austen was, and how keen her satire of the society in which she lived was.”
⇒ Related: Shakespeare’s influence on Jane Austen.
Here at Folger Theatre, The Merry Wives of Windsor continues through March 1.
The Nashville Shakespeare Festival’s post-apocalyptic Macbeth continues through February 21.
The Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s 2020 season begins this month with A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
At the Southwest Shakespeare Company, catch A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Richard II through March 7. Richard II features an all-female cast, with co-artistic director Besty Mugavero as King Richard II.
The Atlanta Shakespeare Company, Brave Spirits Theatre, Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, Nashville Shakespeare Festival, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and Southwest Shakespeare Company are members of the Folger’s Shakespeare Theater Partnership Program.