Second Annual Shakespeare in the ‘Burg Theatre Festival Set for March 27-29, 2015

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January 12, 2015                   Genie Ford, 540-687-3448 or

Annual Shakespeare in the ‘Burg Festival—Creating Much Ado with a Troubled Dane

 MIDDLEBURG, VA—The second annual Shakespeare in the ‘Burg theatre festival, set for March 27-29, 2015, brings the internationally acclaimed American Shakespeare Center (ASC) back to this quaint, historic village west of Washington, DC for a weekend of performances, workshops and more. Tickets are on sale now and prices range from $25 to$40 for performances and $10 to $15 for workshops. Tickets can be purchased online a For discounts on groups of 10 or more, send an email to or call 540-687-3448

Friday, March 27, 2015, will mark the kick-off event of the Festival, with a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception sponsored by the Hill School, 130 S. Madison Street, followed by a showing of the film version of West Side Story, a musical retelling of Romeo and Juliet with words and music by Stephen Sondheim and Leonard Bernstein. The move, released in 1961, earned 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

ASC actors will perform Hamlet on Saturday, March 28, at 7:00 p.m. in the Middleburg Community Center, 300 W. Washington Street. At 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 29, they will perform Much Ado About Nothing. While these plays are very different in tone and content, they remain two of the Bard’s most popular. In addition to the ASC performances, Shakespeare in the ‘Burg will once again have a performance of the winning play from the festival’s one-act playwriting competition on Saturday, March 28, at the Middleburg Community Center. The event will start at noon with a gourmet lunch from The Home Farm Store and a musical presentation by the Crooked Angels, before the performance of the play.

Tickets for the ASC performances are $40. Movie night tickets are $25, as is the noon event on Saturday.

Three acting and stagecraft workshops will be held during the weekend, priced at $10 for students and $15 for adults. Topics include stage combat, music in Shakespeare and staging challenges with Much Ado About Nothing.

Local inns and hotels are offering special packages for visitors who want to stay for the weekend, and restaurants will have fixed price, pre-theatre menus on Saturday night. Even local retailers are getting into the act, with Shakespeare-themed items on sale at special prices.

Tickets are on sale now and information on inns and offerings can be found at

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