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Tim-Pigott Smith, Adam James, Oliver Chris and Richard-Goulding in Mike Bartlett's "King Charles III," in the West End. (Photo by Johan Persson)

Shakespeare Theatre Slates Season of Classics for 2016–17

Shakespeare Theatre Company will bring classic novels and Shakespearean fare to the stage.

WASHINGTON, D.C.: Shakespeare Theatre Company has announced its 2016—17 season, with innovative adaptations and classic tragedies. “This season is one of welcome debuts that I am delighted to share with our patrons,” said artistic director Michael Kahn in a statement.

The season will begin with Shakespeare’s The Tempest, directed by Ethan McSweeny. Next, associate artistic director Alan Paul will direct Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

Following will be The Secret Garden, with book and lyrics by Marsha Norman and music by Lucy Simon, based Frances Hodgson Burnett’s 1911 novel about a young girl left orphaned by a cholera epidemic who becomes entranced by her care taker’s secret garden. David Armstrong will direct.

Next will be Mike Bartlett’s King Charles III, a coproduction in association with American Conservatory Theater and Seattle Repertory Theatre, about the reign of King Charles III and secrets of the British monarchy. David Muse will direct.

Following will be The Select (The Sun Also Rises), adapted by Elevator Repair Service from Ernest Hemingway’s novel about a group of American and British expatriates who travel to Pamplona, Spain to watch the running of the bulls. John Collins will direct.

Next, Liesel Tommy will direct Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Following will be Thomas Middleton’s Women Beware Women, a Jacobean tragedy about a woman who escapes her rich home to elope with her poor lover. Kahn will direct.

Shakespeare Theatre Company, founded in 1986, has as its mission to bring groundbreaking, thought-provoking, and eminently accessible classic theatre in a uniquely American style to the stage.

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