Guests of the Sayre Mansion have so many opportunities to take advantage of the rich culture of Bethlehem and the surrounding areas. If you’re thinking about a trip to the Lehigh Valley this summer, then you should know about the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival. The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival is a professional theatre company that performs a schedule of Shakespearean plays and other classics during the summer season. The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival is based on the campus of DeSales University in Center Valley, with performances taking place on two stages. Take a look at what the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival has in store for its 2014 season.
Fiddler on the Roof | June 11th – June 29th | Main Stage
Hailed by some as “the greatest musical of all time,” Fiddler on the Roof tells the story of milkman Tevye and his family. A story of love and family in an ever changing world, the musical features iconic songs like “If I were a Rich Man” and “Sunrise, Sunset.”
The Two Gentlemen of Verona | June 18th – July 13th | Schubert Theater
One of Shakespeare’s best loved romantic comedies, Two Gentlemen of Verona tells the tale of two best friends and their misadventures in love. The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival will bring Proteus, Valentine, Silvia and Julia to life under the direction of Matt Pfeiffer.
Lend Me A Tenor | July 9th – August 3rd | Main Stage
Ken Ludwig’s mistaken identity farce has been described as inducing “non-stop laughter” by Variety. The story centers on the Cleveland Opera Company and a famous tenor that is in town for a special performance, but when things go wrong, hilarious chaos ensues.
Macbeth | July 17th – August 3rd | Main Stage
The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival brings this iconic tale of the lust for power and its consequences to life on the main stage. Director Patrick Mulcahy’s production of Hamlet last year was a triumph, so expect this staging to be powerful.
Women of Will | July 20th – August 3rd | Schubert Theater
This examination of Shakespeare’s heroines explores themes of love, loss, control, freedom, violence and power. Playwright Tina Packer is a veteran of Shakespeare & Company and traces the development of female Shakespearean characters and links it to Shakespeare’s own growth.
Cinderella | May 30th – August 2nd | Schubert Theater
The classic fairytale is a adapted by Brandon E. McLauren to enchant audience members of all ages.
Shakespeare for Kids | July 23rd – August 2nd | Main Stage
A production designed to expose children to the characters and language of Shakespeare.
The Great Divorce | June 23rd | Main Stage
For a special one night performance, the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival presents an adaptation of C.S. Lewis’s novel The Great Divorce. This one-man-show features Anthony Lawton and takes the audience on a wonderful journey.
The Baltimore Consort | July 28th | Main Stage
The world-renowned Baltimore Consort plays popular music from Shakespeare’s time. This is a special one night only performance.
For ticketing and more information on the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, click here.
When planning which of these Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival shows to attend, don’t forget to book your stay at the Sayre Mansion. Our timeless rooms and suites have elegant decor and all the modern amenities you deserve while traveling. For a truly special time in the Lehigh Valley, our Bethlehem bed and breakfast is the ideal choice for lodging.
Photo courtesy Ben Sutherland.