THE SHAKESPEARE THEATRE OF NEW JERSEY 2017 SEASON

2016 Season at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey 

THE MERCHANT OF VENICE

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Robert Cuccioli
Previews begin May 17

Last seen at The Shakespeare Theatre 17 years ago, there has not been a more perfect time to present Shakespeare's dark comedic masterwork.

 

On the Outdoor Stage:

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Bonnie J. Monte
Previews begin June 14

Shakespeare's beloved and most popular comedy is presented in a brand new way; this production will feature a set and costumes made largely with items that would normally end up in a landfill but will instead be transformed into beautiful and magic creations.


THE BUNGLER

By Molière
Translated by Richard Wilbur
Directed by Brian B. Crowe
Previews begin July 5

The Bungler, Molière's rarely produced comedy, tells the tale of a hopelessly inept young man who has fallen in love with a gypsy girl. He employs his wily servant to help him win her hand in marriage. Each clever plan from the servant is inevitably bungled by his clueless master.


WHAT THE BUTLER SAW

By Joe Orton
Directed by Paul Mullins
Previews begin September 6

This production marks the first Joe Orton play produced at The Shakespeare Theatre during Ms. Monte's tenure. The farce speaks to the world today, as the fragile nature of "truth" is explored in a hilarious and provocative manner. Audiences should be warned that this play from 1969 was considered scandalous at the time it was first presented, and it does feature partial nudity. It is not appropriate for children.


SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE

Based on the screenplay by Marc Norman & Tom Stoppard
Adapted for the stage by Lee Hall
Music by Paddy Cunneen
Directed by Bonnie J. Monte
Previews begin October 11

This marks the first professional production of the stage adaptation of the Academy-Award winning film in the Northeast region. Based on the Oscar winning film, the story follows William Shakespeare in his prime as he struggles to find the words to his greatest works and win his true love.



IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY

Adapted by Joe Landry
Directed by Doug West
Previews begin November 30

The stage adaptation of the popular film was an audience favorite when presented as last year's Something Merry This Way Comes. This holiday classic will feature the beloved characters that have become so familiar from the 1946 film.