Recent Press Releases for Hampshire Shakespeare Company

Chris Rohmann’s Stagestruck column in the Valley Advocate mentions Hampshire Shakespeare Company when discussing “gender equity in area theaters”:

“In Hampshire Shakespeare Company’s 3:3 season, both the mainstage and Young Company versions of Romeo and Juliet are directed by women. The third production, The Merry Wives of Windsor, is Shakespeare’s only play in which women have the title roles and the primary action all to themselves.”

The Valley Advocate on Romeo and Juliet

“…[P]erformed… on a bare platform under majestic evergreens. Brianna Sloan’s adventurous production strikes a comparable asymmetry: sumptuously but capriciously costumed by Erin Mabee (doublet and hose and high tops), liberally cross-gendered (many women in male roles, but also Glenn Proud as both a skinhead Tybalt and a burlesque, bearded Nurse) and a first half, bathed in sunset, that reaches audaciously for laughs before turning darker. Macmillan Scott Leslie is an effervescent Romeo and Kate Hare a smart, strong-willed Juliet, both of them utterly believable as youngsters swept away by passion…”

Daily Hampshire Gazette on Young Company’s Much Ado About Nothing:

“At the Young Company’s first read-through of the play last week at the Renaissance Center there were smiles and laughs as the actors dove into the jaunty script.”

The Free George on Taming of the Shrew:

“Hampshire Shakespeare Company is a gift to our little valley, offering creatively directed, wondrously acted performances of plays that have informed our culture and even our individual characters in incalculable ways…”


Chris Rohmann’s column in the Valley Advocate mentions Hampshire Shakespeare Company when reviewing the summer season:

“Another astonishingly young man produced an astonishing performance as Hamlet on Hampshire Shakespeare Company’s outdoor stage in Hadley. P.J. Adzima combined a precocious intelligence with an adolescent energy that made the world’s most famous play seem brand new.”

Mass Live on Romeo and Juliet:

“Hampshire Shakespeare Company brings together professional, amateur and student actors… The company strives to portray Shakespeare’s works in ways that make them understandable, thought-proving and entertaining to modern audiences. “

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