Orlando Shakespeare Theater presents ‘Jack and the Beanstalk ‘

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Children’s Theater: Will you dare to reach new heights? When a boy is down on his luck, a magic bean is all it takes to spark a great adventure! Amongst giants, mystery, and magic, join Jack on a thrilling escapade to a land above the clouds!

Shows: Saturdays only

Orlando Shakespeare Theater presents ‘Richard II’

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By William Shakespeare. I wasted time, and now doth time waste me. Convinced of his divine right to rule, King Richard II never expected to be undone by his own maladroit mortal wrongs. By brashly putting his own vanity before the needs of his kingdom, he creates the perfect opening for Henry Bolingbroke to seize the throne. Shakespeare’s deeply moving and insightful retelling reveals how one man’s bumbling mistakes can shape a nation’s political landscape and change the course of history.

Shows: Wednesdays through Sundays

Orlando Shakespeare Theater presents ‘Gertrude and Claudius’

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Serving as a prequel to Hamlet, Gertrude and Claudius brings a new point of view to the classic tale of guilt and revenge. The infamous couple serve as the villains in Shakespeare’s work, but are offered a new exposition in this tale of good intentions and family dysfunction. With ominous hints at the familiar story to come, Gertrude and Claudius is a play that shakes up what you thought you knew about Elsinore. Funding for the commission of Gertrude and Claudius generously provided by Rita and John Lowndes. By Mark St. Germain | An adaptation of John Updike’s novel.

Shows: Select dates – Feb 20-24; Feb 28; Mar 1; Mar 6; Mar 9-10; Mar 13; Mar 15-16; Mar 22-23

Orlando Shakespeare Theater presents ‘Hamlet’

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By William Shakespeare. There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so. While mourning his father’s sudden death, Prince Hamlet returns home to discover his mother hastily remarried and his despised uncle assuming the throne. When an apparition of the late king accuses the uncle of murder, Hamlet, pushed to the brink of madness, is driven to avenge a crime that could be the product of his own imagining. Torn between thought and action, the manic prince is left questioning what is real and what he alone has dreamed up. The cornerstone of Shakespeare’s genius, Hamlet walks the line between spiraling insanity and the truth.

Shows: Select dates – Feb 6-10; Feb 14-15; Feb 27; Mar 2-3; Mar 7-8; Mar 14; Mar 16-17; Mar 20-21; Mar 23-24

Orlando Shakespeare Theater presents ‘A Doll’s House, Part 2’

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In the final scene of Ibsen’s 1879 groundbreaking masterwork, Nora Helmer makes the shocking decision to leave her husband and children, and begin a life on her own. This climactic event—when Nora slams the door on everything in her life—instantly propelled world drama into the modern age. In A Doll’s House, Part 2, many years have passed since Nora’s exit. Now, there’s a knock on that same door. Nora has returned. But why? And what will it mean for those she left behind?

Shows: Wednesdays through Sundays

Orlando Shakespeare Theater presents ‘A Christmas Carol’

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Back by popular demand, celebrate the holidays with Dickens’ classic ghost tale! The miserly and miserable Ebenezer Scrooge greets each Christmas with a “bah humbug,” until he is visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come. Nine actors tell the heartwarming story of one sleepless night, in which the spirits reveal cruel realities and a chance to change for the better. By Jim Helsinger | Based on the novel by Charles Dickens

Shows: Wednesdays through Sundays

Orlando Shakespeare Theater presents ‘The Jungle Book’

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Children’s Theater: What were you raised by, wolves? In Mowgli’s case, the answer is yes! Taken in by Mother Wolf as a baby, the now 11-year-old boy has grown to know the Jungle Law and the ways of the wild. When a cunning tiger seeks to settle an old score, it’s up to Mowgli and the pack to outsmart him. This retelling of the classic tale takes audiences on a thrilling journey through the Indian jungle! Adapted by April-Dawn Gladu | Based on the story by Rudyard Kipling.

Shows: Two shows Saturdays only plus one extra show Sunday, November 11, 2018

Orlando Shakespeare Theater presents ‘The Mystery of Irma Vep – A Penny Dreadful’

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Vampire attacks, werewolf sightings, and the resurrection of an Egyptian princess make for an exciting start to married life for Lady Enid, Lord Edgar’s second wife. Set in mystical Gothic England, audiences will die laughing at this melodramatic farce – a quick-change marathon in which two actors play all the roles. “If Charlotte Brontë were to spend an afternoon bingeing on Hammer horror flicks, medicinal sherry and Jiffy Pop, perhaps she could dream up a tale as delirious as that of Irma Vep.” (The New York Times).

Shows: Wednesdays through Sundays, plus Tuesday Oct 30 & Nov 6.

Orlando Shakespeare Theater presents ‘The Little Mermaid’

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Children’s Theater Production: Curiosity killed the catfish… A precocious young mermaid dreams of visiting the Landside. Against the advice of her friends, she makes a deal with an evil sea witch for the chance to earn the love of a human prince. Danger is imminent, but how can she ignore what’s in her heart? Adapted by Brandon Roberts | Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale.

Shows: Select dates – June 16-17; June 20; June 22-24; June 27; June 29-30; July 1; July 6-8; July 11; July 13-15; July 18; July 20-22; July 25; July 27-29

Orlando Shakespeare Theater Presents Fresh Take on Little Mermaid June 14-29, 2018 @OrlandoShakes

Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF produces a new adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale The Little Mermaid by Brandon Roberts in the Goldman Theater select dates from June 14 - July 29, 2018. Photos by Megan Pridemore featuring Jillian Gizzi and James Putnam.

Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF produces a new adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale The Little Mermaid by Brandon Roberts in the Goldman Theater select dates from June 14 – July 29, 2018.

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Orlando Shakespeare Theater Announces 30th Season Titles

Orlando Shakespeare Theater (Orlando Shakes) in Partnership with UCF has announced the upcoming productions for their 2018-2019 season, which is also its 30th Anniversary Season.

Orlando Shakespeare Theater (Orlando Shakes) in Partnership with UCF has announced the upcoming productions for their 2018-2019 season, which is also its 30th Anniversary Season.

Orlando Shakes’ season opens in September 2018 with the multi-Tony Award-winning hip hop musical, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights. It received four 2008 Tony Awards including Best Orchestrations, Best Musical and Best Score.

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Orlando Shakespeare Theater Hosts An Evening with Anna Deavere Smith Dec 10, 2017

Orlando Shakespeare Theater Hosts An Evening with Anna Deavere Smith

Orlando Shakespeare Theater will host an evening with actress Anna Deavere Smith, best known for roles on the TV series The West Wing and Nurse Jackie, on Dec 10, 2017.

Through a short performance and interview, audiences will hear about the process of combining a passion for social causes with documentary style theater making.

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Orlando Shakespeare Theater Presents Love’s Labour’s Lost Starting Feb 22, 2017

Orlando Shakespeare Theater Presents Love's Labour's Lost

Orlando Shakespeare Theater, in partnership with UCF, presents William Shakespeare’s comedy, Love’s Labour’s Lost, from February 22 – March 24, 2017.

Love’s Labour’s Lost follows the misadventures of the King of Navarre and his three companions as they attempt to forswear all pleasures in favor of serious study. But the Princess of France and her all-too-lovely entourage have other ideas.

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Orlando Shakespeare Theater Presents The Great Gatsby Starting Feb 8, 2017

Orlando Shakes - The Great Gatsby cast

Orlando Shakespeare Theater, in partnership with UCF, presents F. Scott Fitzgerald’s literary masterpiece, The Great Gatsby, from February 8 – March 26, 2017

When Nick Carraway is befriended by his mysterious neighbor, Jay Gatsby, he is drawn into a glitzy world of lavish parties and secret speakeasies. But as Gatsby’s elusive past is uncovered and his intentions revealed, Nick finds himself a pawn in a love triangle so scandalous, it threatens to destroy all those around him.

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15 Ways to Enjoy the 2016 Holidays in Central Florida

15 Ways to Enjoy the 2016 Holidays in Central Florida - Santa

Sunshine, sandy beaches, and temps in the 80s don’t invoke Christmas, but Orlando has a lot of ways to get into the holiday spirit. From theme parks to resort spectaculars to winter carnivals, Central Florida has plenty of ways to enjoy the holidays.

Here are our picks for the ten best ways to celebrate Christmas week in Central Florida:

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