Summer Shakespeare Abounds in Upstate Parks, Theatres

Sarah Hurley as Lady MacBeth in Scrappy Shakespeare's production playying in Denny's Plaza through July 10.
Sarah Hurley as Lady MacBeth in Scrappy Shakespeare’s production playying in Denny’s Plaza through July 10.

Macbeth – Scrappy Shakespeare
Thursdays –Sundays at 7:30 p.m. in Denny’s Plaza through July 10.

Spartanburg’s first Shakespeare company returns for its sophomore season with the tragedy “Macbeth” starring Sarah Hurley as Lady Macbeth with Tim Giles, Chandler Crawford, Liam MacDougall, Anna Andrea Azumendi, Chris Paul Smith and Anna Elyse Lewis. FREE.
More information is available at

Julius Caesar – Upstate Shakespeare Festival
July 7-31
Thursdays-Sundays at 7 p.m. Falls Park on the Reedy in Greenville

Conspirators, some high-minded like Brutus, plot the assassination of the dictator Julius Caesar to save the Roman republic from tyranny.  The Bard’s work that brings the phrase “watch your back” to a whole new level. Directed by John Fagan, this tragedy features Clark Nesbitt as Caesar and a stacked ensemble with Sarah Anderson, Jenni Baldwin, Ryan Barry, Richard Beveridge, Jason Bryant, Nathan Coffey, Simon Crowe, AJ Davis, Robert Fuson, Kate Evans, Kia Fisher Keyton, Dixon Graham, Rachel Jeffreys, Mabel Kitchens, Dave LaPage, Autumn McNutt, Maury Reed, Brian Reeder, Christiana Reubert, Dan Robbins, Brianna Rodriguez, Drake Shadwell, Graham Shaffer, Jimmy Tillery, Skyler Tipton, Cameron Trieper, and Chilkondra Williams.

The Tempest – Greenville Summer Shakespeare
July 7-25 at 7:30 p.m. Bob Jones University Black Box Theatre in Greenville
Treacherous brothers, love at first sight, a pair of clowns, and one hilarious monster are all a part of Shakespeare’s magical island adventure. Come see this streamlined version of “The Tempest” directed by Jeffrey Stegall and find out why audiences (for over 400 years!) have been captivated by this tale of romance, revenge, and redemption. “The Tempest” opens Thursday, July 7 and runs Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays through July 25 at BJU, 1700 Wade Hampton Blvd. For information and tickets ($5-6), visit

Titus AndronicusMontford Park Players
July 8-30

Fridays-Sundays at 7:30 p.m. Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre in Asheville
Shakespeare’s brutal revenge tragedy has not been presented by Montford Park Players for many years. Directed by Michael McCauley, this one is NOT suitable for children! FREE/Pay what you wish! Dogs (leashed) are welcome. Reserve your spot on the lawn at or call (828) 254-5146.


Twelfth Night – The Warehouse Theatre
August 5-27
Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m.*, Sundays at 3 p.m.
TWELFTH NIGHT is full of disguises, mistaken identities, love triangles, and practical jokes. After Viola is shipwrecked on Illyria, she disguises herself as the man Cesario and gets a job serving the Duke Orsino and falls in love. Orsino instructs Cesario to help him win the affections of Lady Olivia, but Olivia falls in love with Cesario instead of Orsino. Add in practical jokes from Sir Toby, Maria, Andrew Aguecheek and Feste and the reappearance of Viola’s twin brother Sebastian at exactly the wrong time and you have a Shakespeare comedy that everyone is sure to enjoy!
Directed by Jayce T. Tromsness who directed our Angels in America: Parts I & IIThe Merchant of VeniceNovember, and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged among others.
Featuring Angelina Mussro, Prentiss Standridge, Crystal Stewart, Mallory Pellegrino, Stephen Brown, Josh Jeffers, and recent Warehouse Conservatory graduate, Christopher Ryan Smith.

“Twelfth Night” runs July 21-31, Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m. (*except Friday, July 29 curtain at 7:30 p.m.) and Sundays at 3 p.m. at The Warehouse Theatre, 37 Augusta Street in Greenville. Tickets are $15. Call (864) 235-6948 or visit


Measure for Measure – Montford Park Players
August 5-27
Fridays-Sundays at 7:30 p.m.
Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre in Asheville
Often called one of Shakespeare’s problem plays, “Measure for Measure” is classified as comedy (mistaken identities) though its tone (manipulation and double dealings) and setting defy those expectations. Director is Scott Keel. FREE/Pay what you wish! Dogs (leashed) are welcome. Reserve your spot on the lawn at or call (828) 254-5146.


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