The Winter’s Tale, STC’s Free for All reprise


“Exit, pursued by a bear.” If there’s anything about The Winter’s Tale that audiences might know in advance, this–arguably the best stage direction ever penned–will be it. The Winter’s Tale challenges audiences in a way altogether unique in Shakespeare’s canon, bringing together elements of comedy, tragedy, and fantasy into one script. More than any of […]

Free for All Winter’s Tale. How to get tickets

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In 1991, Shakespeare Theatre Company presented The Merry Wives of Windsor as its first ever Free For All production, allowing all audience members to get a taste of Shakespeare at no cost. The tradition has continued ever since with more than half a million theatergoers checking out one of the Bard’s tales.

Why we love robots. Free reading of first robot play R.U.R. at National Academy of Sciences

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It was back in 2009 when the Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences teamed with Shakespeare Theatre Company to present a staged reading of Inherit the Wind, as a way to showcase science in theater. For those unfamiliar with the play, it tells the fictionalized account of the 1925 Scopes “Monkey” Trial, which […]

Buyer and Cellar, hilarious


The roadshow version of Buyer & Cellar starring Michael Urie? It’s like buttah. Barbra Streisand will probably never show up at a performance—c’mon Babs, Carole King put on her big girl panties and finally braved Beautiful, the Tony Award-winning musical about her—but she would most likely be as charmed as the rest of the audience […]

Buyer and Cellar star, Michael Urie, on Barbra and the Kahn connection


Michael Urie is coming to town in Buyer and Cellar, giving DC audiences the chance to see one of New York City’s most talked-about performances of last season.  It’s exciting news that Shakespeare Theatre Company (STC) has augmented its STC Presentation Series to include such a can’t-miss, hot-ticket show.  (It did so at the last […]

Private Lives, a classy Coward comedy very well played


Everyone knows a couple like these two. They’re passionate and interesting, worldly and deeply into one another.  They’re the couple that causes people to remark “I just love the two of them together!” Then one day, you hear they’ve divorced.  And it all makes a lot of sense.

The final Chimes at Midnight by Stacy Keach

Stacy Keach as Falstaff in Henry IV, Part 2 (Photo: Scott Suchman)

In this final installment of Stacy Keach’s blog, he talks about working with Michael Kahn as a younger actor, and shares some favorite Washington theatre memories. – DL

Chimes at Midnight with Stacy Keach, Week 7


In this second-to-last installment of “Chimes at Midnight,” Stacy reflects on a busy week which saw the opening of the two shows in the Henry IV repertory, as well as the city and industry-wide party known as the Helen Hayes Awards. – DL

STC’s Henry IV Part 2 is Utter Grandeur


Taken together, Parts One and Two of Shakespeare’s Henry IV are so big that they need a category of their own. I left Friday night’s performance of Part Two thinking of cathedrals, which you have to look at first from the top of a hill — to see the architect’s design — then from the […]

Henry IV, Part I


One thing I’ve always wondered about Shakespeare’s Henry plays is why do Hal and Falstaff like each other so much? I understand that Falstaff sees a younger version of himself in Hal, with better chances, and that maybe Hal sees Falstaff as a different kind of king, the ruler of indecent people. But their bond […]

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