Edmonton’s Freewill Shakespeare within the Park Proclaims Summer season Program

Today is William Shakespeare’s 457th birthday and it is a tradition at Edmonton’s Freewill Shakespeare in the Park to announce summer plans. This year is no different, but the plans are.

The artistic director David Horak, the managing director Nikola Tonn and the board of directors will accompany the event in their usual form: amphitheater seating, drinks, snacks and large Shakespeare casts and crews wandering in and out of the audience. Instead, later in the summer, when COVID-19 restrictions are hopefully relaxed, they will provide outdoor and physical opportunities to experience Shakespeare in true freewill style.

“We are a creative group of people,” says Artistic Director David Horak. “We are performing Shakespeare outdoors and we intend to bring it up later this summer for anyone who is comfortable going outside and sure to enjoy some unique productions of the bard’s work. We may miss a big festival this June, but a shift to smaller line-up productions will still have that fun and accessible freewill style. “Following the changes caused by COVID-19, Freewill prepares Shakespeare Macbeth and Much Ado About Nothing: The Pandemic Variations; creatively condensed versions of the planned productions from last year. Whether roaming or in designated locations pending approval by AHS guidelines, these unique, lovingly told interpretations will be enjoyed by everyone from the casual to the well-read Shakespeare fanatic. Freewill Shakespeare currently plans to run outdoor programs from July to August 2021. Keep in touch with Freewill Shakespeare by visiting them online at www.freewillshakespeare.com or following @freewillplayers to find out more about their Midsummer plans.

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