Much Ado About Nothing, The Fakespeare Festival & The Merry Wives of Windsor

This week we’re all about Shakespeare as Carousel Theatre’s Teen Shakespeare Program takes on Much Ado About  Nothing, Awkward Stage’s The Fakespeare Festival gets underway, and Bard on the Beach continues in Vanier Park.

[dropcap]1[/dropcap] Carousel Theatre for Young People’s annual Teen Shakespeare Program takes on Shakespeare’s comedy, Much Ado About Nothing Nothing (until Aug 13).  Moving the action from the 16th century to the electric 70’s, things get downright funky as mayhem, misunderstanding and betrayal ensues. Fortunately, love always wins out.

Much Ado About Nothing gets a makeover as Carousel Theatre's Teen Shakespeare production is set in the electric 1970s. Photo by Faye Campbell.
Much Ado About Nothing gets a makeover as Carousel Theatre’s Teen Shakespeare production is set in the electric 1970s. Photo by Faye Campbell.

[dropcap]2[/dropcap] Awkward Stage Productions presents a cheeky new festival celebrating two clever Canadian twists on Shakespeare with The Fakespeare Festival (Aug 3-28). Goodnight Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet is the award-winning comedy that turns two classic Shakespearean tragedies, Othello and Romeo and Juliet, onto their heads by searching for the comedic gold hidden in their texts. Titus: The Light and Delightful Musical Comedy of Titus Andronicus is the 100% local, 2015 Pick of the Fringe-winning comedy that turns Shakespeare’s goriest tragedy into a comedic musical.

The Fakespeare Festival
Awkward Stage Productions presents The Fakespeare Festival

[dropcap]3[/dropcap] For something slightly more serious (and we mean only slightly), there is still time to take in the Bard on the Beach production of The Merry Wives of Windsor (until Sep 24) under the tents at Vanier Park. Reinterpreted by director Johnna Wright, you’ll definitely want to find out why our reviewer called this comedy “a rollicking good time“.

David Marr, Ben Elliott & Andrew McNee in the Bard on the Beach production of The Merry Wives of Windsor. Photo by David Blue.
David Marr, Ben Elliott & Andrew McNee in the Bard on the Beach production of The Merry Wives of Windsor. Photo by David Blue.