Shakespeare at Winedale

Shakespeare at Winedale 42nd Summer Season

Thu, August 9, 2012 | Winedale Historic Center

7:30 PM - 10:30 PM

A Midsummer Night's Dream 2005
A Midsummer Night's Dream 2005

Shakespeare at Winedale’s 2012 Summer Class takes the stage this summer with performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Winter’s Tale, and, for the first time at Winedale, Coriolanus. Performances will begin July 19th and run through August 12th; performances are Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 7:30pm with matinees on Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm. Tickets are $10 for general admission or $5 for students/UT ID holders and may be ordered online through the Shakespeare at Winedale website

Shakespeare at Winedale is a University of Texas program in which students study and perform Shakespeare at the Winedale Historical Complex near Round Top.  Since its founding by English professor James Ayres in 1970, the program’s unique, hands-on approach has brought Shakespeare’s words to life for hundreds of students and thousands of audience members.  University students from many disciplines and backgrounds work together for six weeks at Winedale, ending their summer with four weekends of performances in a converted nineteenth-century hay barn.

For the first time in the program’s history, this summer’s class will perform Shakespeare’s riveting political thriller Coriolanus. “We are very excited to be doing the Winedale premiere of Coriolanus,” said program Director James Loehlin, “one of Shakespeare’s richest explorations of politics-- perfect for an election year! Coriolanus is set in the earliest days of the Roman republic, but still pertinent today.”

Also among this summer’s diverse and entertaining plays are A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Winter’s Tale. Considered among Shakespeare’s greatest works, these two plays are always crowd favorites at Winedale.

Drifting between the natural and supernatural worlds of Shakespeare’s Athenian forest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream follows the trials of four young lovers when their paths cross the feuding fairy king and queen. Set against the backdrop of Winedale’s natural beauty, this rollicking romantic comedy is sure to delight.

The Winter’s Tale, one of Shakespeare’s late romances, deals with the destructive nature of jealousy and the redemptive power of love. At times a wintry tragedy and at times a sunny comedy, The Winter’s Tale is as diverse as the seasons of the year.    

When the students complete their work in residence, they will tour to Austin and Dallas, TX, as well as the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, VA, home to the world’s only historical recreation of Shakespeare’s Blackfriars stage.  More information about touring dates and venues will be posted to the website soon.

Thursday, July 26th, is Fayette County Night; tickets for Fayette County residents are only $4 and door prizes will be raffled off at the end of the performance. Our annual Season Finale is Saturday, August 11th, beginning at 6:30pm with a special catered reception before the evening performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream; tickets are $25.

For a full schedule of performances or more information about the Shakespeare at Winedale program, please visit our website: or contact the Program Coordinator Liz Fisher at (512) 471-4726 or

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