3rd Annual Shakespeare Festival

September 16 – 22

Join us for a week-long celebration of the Bard!
Unless noted, all events are free and held at the Lewes Public Library.
To sign up for any of the events, call the Library at 302-645-2733 or stop by the Circulation Desk.
** For a complete program listing all the Festival events, click here **

Sunday, September 16

4:00 PM: Concert
Musical performance by members of the Lewes Chamber Players with accompanying readings from Shakespeare.
This concert is sponsored by Delmarva Power, an Exelon Company.

5:30 PM: Festival Opening Reception
Celebrate the start of our Shakespeare Festival with a wine and cheese reception at the Library.

Monday, September 17

3:00 PM: Director and Actors Workshop
Join us for a Page to Stage Workshop. Led by Brown Box Theatre Project director Kyler Taustin and BBTP actors, this workshop will engage community members in compelling explorations of Shakespeare’s text. Participants from all backgrounds and experience levels will be stimulated by the amazing hidden gems found in Shakespeare’s verse, and the powerful effect speaking these words has on the actor.
Registration is limited to 20 participants.

7:00 PM: A Year in the Life of Shakespeare, 1599*
Professor Lloyd King from Delaware Humanities will explore the year Shakespeare changed everything about his craft. Shakespeare moved the theatre south of the Thames and his plays to another intellectual level. This year produced four immortal plays, moving him from the great playwright of the 16th century to the greatest of all time.
*Lecture Series sponsored by Sussex County Council

Tuesday, September 18

Film Screenings and Discussions
Movie introductions and discussions led by David White, Festival Committee Member. Desserts from Go Brit! along with popcorn, snacks, and beverages will be for sale.
1:00 PM – Sir Laurence Olivier’s Henry V (1944)
3:45 PM – Krazy Katz Cartoon Love’s Labour’s Lost (1920)
4:00 PM – BroadwayHD stage presentation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2014)
7:00 PM – Orson Welles’ Chimes at Midnight (1965)

Film Series is sponsored by:
Gerald & Linda Cowan
George, Miles & Buhr, LLC
Russ Palmer Builders

Wednesday, September 19

2:00 PM: Hogarth Shakespeare Book Discussion
Launched in 2015 by Hogarth Press, the Hogarth Shakespeare project sees Shakespeare’s works retold by acclaimed and bestselling novelists of today.
Join us in a book discussion of the most recent Hogarth release, Macbeth by Jo Nesbø. Copies of the book are available for check out at the Circulation Desk.

7:00 PM: How I Came to Love Shakespeare*
David Stradley, Producing Artistic Director of Delaware Shakespeare, shares his personal journey to loving the works of Shakespeare. Part performance, part presentation, this interactive event includes monologues from Hamlet, Twelfth Night, Henry V, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, and more! There also is opportunity for the audience to share moments in their lives where Shakespeare played an important part.
*Lecture Series sponsored by Sussex County Council

Thursday, September 20

7:00 AM – 6:30 PM: Bus Trip to Washington, DC
The Library is hosting a trip to the Folger Shakespeare Library and Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, DC. The trip includes bus transportation, morning workshop and tour at the Folger, afternoon backstage tour of Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Harman Hall, bus driver tip, and refreshments. Not included is lunch at the Capitol Visitor Center.
Tickets are $30/adult and $20/student and may be purchased here.

4:00 PM: Dance Performance and Workshop
The English Country Dancers at OLLI at UD, a group of 16 dancers wearing period costume, will perform dances of the day for your enjoyment. Audience may participate at certain points in the performance.

7:00 PM: “The True and Perfect Image of Life Indeed” – Playing Shakespeare’s Falstaff*
Dr. James Keegan, associate professor of English and Theater at the University of Delaware‘s Associate in Arts Program in Georgetown and former member of the resident acting troupe at the American Shakespeare Center’s Blackfriars Playhouse, will present on one of Shakespeare’s greatest roles, Sir John Falstaff.
*Lecture Series sponsored by Sussex County Council

Friday, September 21

6:00 PM: 3rd Annual Shakespeare in the Stacks Dinner
Join us for our annual fundraiser benefiting the Library. Enjoy a cocktail hour while perusing auction items by local artists. Then take a seat in the stacks for a family style dinner by Palate. During dinner actors from Possum Point Players New Faces of Shakespeare will perform table side vignettes from Shakespeare. After dinner join us by the fireplace for a live auction, followed by dessert.
Tickets are $80 per person and may be purchased here.
Dinner in the Stacks sponsored by The Inn at Canal Square

Saturday, September 22

7:30 PM – Shakespeare’s As You Like It
The Forest of Arden comes alive in Brown Box Theatre Project’s As You Like It. When a motley cast of characters finds themselves banished from the court, misdirection, desire, and serendipity unite to form a tangled web of identity and love that could only be possible in this pastoral haven, where gender roles, politics, and expectations are turned upside-down.
Performed under the stars on the lawn behind the Library, As You Like It will transport audiences into the heart of one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies.
For your comfort, bring a lawn chair or blanket.
Play performance sponsored by the Friends of the Lewes Public Library

This festival is partially funded by a grant from the Delaware Humanities, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities.



This Festival is supported, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on DelawareScene.com.


Other Festival sponsors include Becker Morgan Group and Jack Lingo REALTOR