Theatre is one of America’s most popular and thriving art forms. It has been a part of American culture since the early part of the 18th century. The development of theatre in the earliest American colonies in New England was prohibited because of those colonists’ strong Puritan beliefs. Colonial America’s first theater was built in … Continue reading The Thriving Theatre of Colonial America
Shakespeare on the Lawn at Historic Kenmore returns this coming weekend with two more performances of Much Ado About Nothing. Catch one of the final shows at 7:00 p.m. either on Saturday, June 17 or on Sunday, June 18. Arrive early to tour the mansion and view the refurnishing. Bring folding chairs or a blanket and a picnic. … Continue reading Photos: “Much Ado About Nothing” at Kenmore’s Shakespeare on the Lawn
Shakespeare on the Lawn at Historic Kenmore returns this weekend with two more performances of Hamlet. Catch the one of the final shows at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 18 or Sunday, June 19. Arrive early to tour the mansion and view the refurnishing. Bring folding chairs or a blanket and a picnic! Thank you to sponsor Lewis Insurance … Continue reading Photos: “Hamlet” at Kenmore’s Shakespeare on the Lawn
Editor's Note: At the annual Shakespeare on the Lawn performances this June, Historic Kenmore will present Hamlet. The following blog post looks at the actors who played the most famous of Shakespeare's roles during the 18th century. Details about attending the performances at Kenmore can be found at the end of this entry. Since the time when Richard Burbage … Continue reading To See or Not to See? Portraying Hamlet in the 18th Century
Governor Terry McAuliffe has proclaimed today - Saturday, April 23, 2016 - as Shakespeare Day in Virginia! While we're planning and preparing Shakespeare on the Lawn in June, our first-ever Shakespeare Camp in July, and Shakespeare by Candlelight in August as Historic Kenmore's contributions to this year's many commemorations across the Commonwealth, we want to take a moment on this … Continue reading Shakespeare Day in Virginia!
King Lear is known far and wide as William Shakespeare’s finest tragedy but it has not always been the preferred version of the story. In part one, we saw how Shakespeare popularized the old story of King Lear by crafting a story aimed directly at Elizabethan audiences experiencing great political upheaval. In part two, we … Continue reading ‘King Lear’ in Washington’s Day – Part 2
Shakespeare on the Lawn returned to Historic Kenmore this past weekend with the first two performances of King Lear. Below are photos from the shows. Don't worry if you missed this past weekend's performances because there are two more shows this coming Saturday, June 20 and Sunday, June 21. For event details, visit http://kenmore.org/events.html.
Once again this summer, Historic Kenmore looks forward to its annual Shakespeare on the Lawn performances. While settings and costumes may change, today’s Shakespeare audiences most usually witness performances that remain true to the artistry of an unchallenged master carefully crafting his words and stories for the Elizabethan age. Two centuries ago, however, colonial-era theatregoers like … Continue reading ‘King Lear’ in Washington’s Day: Part 1
Shakespeare on the Lawn at Kenmore returns this June with four performances of the popular drama, King Lear, performed by The Fredericksburg Players and directed by Fred Franklin. King Lear is one of Shakespeare’s most heart-breaking tragedies—the story of a father who puts his faith in his two treacherous, elder daughters while casting out his … Continue reading Coming Soon! William Shakespeare’s “King Lear”