Shakespeare at Winedale

Summer Season

Wed, July 14, 2010 | Winedale Theatre Barn- Round Top, Texas

Imogen and Posthumus, Cymbeline 2009
Imogen and Posthumus, Cymbeline 2009

The students of 2010 Shakespeare at Winedale class will conclude their summer of study with four weekends of performances at the Winedale Theatre Barn, beginning Wednesday, July 14 at 7:30.  Performances will run July 14-August 8 on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 7:30pm, with matinees Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm.  For a complete performance schedule, click here.  Tickets for each performance are $10 general admission and $5 for students and UT ID-holders, and are available through the Shakespeare at Winedale website. When ordering tickets, please specify if you require wheelchair accessibility or special assistance, and we will be happy to help.   

Shakespeare at Winedale is part of the University of Texas English Department.  It is designed as a hands-on way for students to study Shakespeare’s plays through performance.  The summer class is a course composed of two parts: the first, a month of individual study and group discussion; the second, two months in residence at Winedale in intense study of Shakespeare’s plays through performance.

The summer season will feature three diverse and entertaining plays.  This year’s class will study and perform Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, Macbeth and Henry VI, part I.  

Twelfth Night, perhaps Shakespeare’s greatest comedy, follows the shipwrecked Viola as she makes her way through Illyria disguised as a boy.  The play examines gender roles, the destructive force of vanity, and the meaning of love. It includes high-spirited music and dance, with some of Shakespeare’s most beloved songs.

The tragedy of Macbeth is one of Shakespeare’s most profound and gripping studies of human evil.  Supernatural forces entwine with passionate human action, calling into question the natures of fate, the natural world, and mortal will.

Henry VI, Part I
, never before seen at Winedale, charts the origins of the Wars of the Roses, and features the young Shakespeare’s unforgettable portrayal of Joan of Arc. Engaging battles, political intrigue and betrayal ensue as Henry the Sixth fights to keep the control his father obtained over France.

There will be no performance on the first Saturday evening, July 17th, as this is the night of our annual gala. For more information on the gala, please contact the Shakespeare at Winedale office at (512) 471-4726.
Thursday, July 22nd is Fayette County Night.  Tickets for Fayette County residents for that night’s performance of Macbeth are $4, and door prizes will be drawn at the end of the evening. Our celebratory season finale will be Saturday, August 7.  The night’s festivities include a reception beginning at 6:30pm, with food and entertainment before the night’s performance of Twelfth Night.  Tickets are $25, and ticket purchase includes both the reception and the evening performance.  

The touring residence will begin with a performance of Twelfth Night in Dallas on the Heldt/Hall Stage at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary (3120 McKinney Avenue, Dallas, TX 75204).  The performance will be Thursday, August 12th at 7:30pm.  Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 for students and UT ID holders. Tickets are available by phone, at (512) 471-4726, or on our website, at

The summer class will continue their touring residency traveling to both of the existing historical reconstructions of Shakespeare’s theatres: the Globe in London and the Blackfriars in Staunton, VA.  The class will be performing Henry VI, Part I at the Blackfriars in Staunton on Monday, August 23.  Admission is free, and if you are in the area, we'd love to see you!

For more information contact:  Liz Fisher, UT Shakespeare at Winedale program coordinator, at (512) 471-4726, or

Download the full summer schedule. For more information visit the plays site.

You can buy tickets here.

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