NEW BERN. N.C.–The Carolina Shakespeare Festival opens its fourteenth season August 2nd. And to officially open the season, Shakespeare’s classic rom/com ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ will be presented at Tryon Palace’s Cullman Performance Hall. The play centers on lovers Beatrice and Benedick who try not to admit their feelings for one another, going tit for tat along the way, until, of course, it all reaches a happy ending. It truly is one of Shakespeare’s finest–if not his finest–romantic comedy. Countless movies and plays since can count this work as their influence.
The Carolina Shakespeare Festival will begin performances of the play with a very special preview performance on Thursday, August 2nd at 7pm. Official opening night is Friday, August 3rd. It all ends August 19th. Tickets for the preview show for the special preview show can be purchased at a discount price of $12 for all seats. General admission tickets for adults are $28, $22 for senior citizens, and $20 for Tryon Palace Council of Friends Members. Students and active duty military personnel can purchase tickets for $14. Tickets can be purchased by phone at 252-639-3524 and 1-800-767-1560. They can also be purchased in person at the North Carolina History Center Ticket Desk at Tryon Palace.
Along with the presentations of ‘Much Ado About Nothing’, the Carolina Shakepseare Festival will offer two free concert readings of ‘Henry IV Part 2’ on August 8th and 11th. The reading on August 8th will be presented at the Old Theatre in Oriental at 7pm that evening. The second of the two readings will be offered August 11th at 2pm at Tryon Palace.