The Michigan Shakespeare Festival, the Official Shakespeare Festival of the State of Michigan, announced the return of its Main Stage Festival Season to The Village Theater at Cherry Hill for its 2022 Renaissance Season this summer.
The Michigan Shakespeare Festival (MSF), like many professional arts organizations, went dark due to COVID,, which is why Artistic Director Janice L Blixt says the entire organization is looking upon 2022 as a Renaissance – a true rebirth - for the Michigan Shakespeare Festival. For the first in time in their 27-year history, the MSF will be performing their entire run at The Village Theater at Cherry Hill in Canton. “We’re so pleased that our home in Canton is welcoming us back for 2022, and we’re thrilled to be able to rehearse and tech and open our shows at the Village Theatre,” Blixt said. The three MainStage shows will be the heroic and epic drama HENRY V, featuring Ann Arbor native and Festival Favorite Sam Hubbard as the king, the bubbly bright comedy THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR being directed by award-winning Artistic Associate Robert Kauzlaric, and the silly farce CHARLEY’S AUNT by Brandon Thomas featuring Edmund Alyn Jones.
Focusing on the events prior to and following the famous Battle of Agincourt, HENRY V tells the story of one of Britain’s greatest kings – and the man behind the title. The final piece of Prince Hal’s story first played out in HENRY IV, parts 1 & 2 (Award-Winning MSF production from 2015) where we saw the wild and angry young man as he grew into a leader of men. One of Shakespeare’s most famous histories, HENRY V features some of the most famous scenes and speeches in the cannon. Directed by MSF Artistic Director Janice L Blixt
Mistress Page and Mistress Ford have a very large problem – a drunken rogue who won’t leave them alone. Sir John Falstaff is short of money and on the hunt for a lady willing to take him on and pay his bills. The ladies get together and hatch a hilarious plan to thwart the pest – if only their husbands are able to stay out of the way. THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR is famously the result of Queen Elizabeth I demanding that Shakespeare write a play featuring Falstaff (from HENRY IV, parts 1 & 2) falling in love – and how else could such a request play out?
Jack and Charley have fallen in love with Kitty and Amy – who are being sent away to Scotland by Amy’s Uncle – who is also Kitty’s guardian. The guys invite their loves to lunch – where they intend to declare their intentions and to meet Charley’s slightly eccentric Aunt Donna Lucia D’Alvadorez. What follows is a wacky, silly, romantic comedy full of starchy relatives, clever servants, and Lord Fancourt Babberley. CHARLEY’S AUNT was a sensation upon opening, running 1,466 performances—come take a break this summer and join us for the mayhem. Adapted and directed by Blixt.
The third show on the MSF calendar is always a classical play from a playwright other than Shakespeare. 2022 will also feature beloved Festival actors Alan Ball & Jason Briggs and designers Aly Renee Amidei, Emily McConnell, and Melanie Schuessler-Bond.
2022 Season tickets are on sale now at www.cantonvillagetheater.org or by calling The Village Theater Box Office at 734/394-5300. Purchase tickets during MSF’s Shakespeare's Birthday Sale from April 23-30 and SAVE up to 30%.
The 2022 Season is being partially supported by the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts / Arts Works Program.
For more information, visit the MSF website: www.michiganshakespearefestival.com.
MICHIGAN SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL 2022 SEASON PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:
HENRY V—PREVIEW July 19 at 7:30 PM
HENRY V—PREVIEW July 20 at 7:30 PM
THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR- PREVIEW July 21 at 7:30 PM
HENRY V- OPENING-- July 22 at 7:30 pm
THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR- PREVIEW July 23 at 2:00 PM
THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR- OPENING July 23 at 7:30 PM
HENRY V: July 24 at 3:00 pm
CHARLEY’S AUNT- PREVIEW July 28 at 7:30 PM
CHARLEY’S AUNT- PREVIEW July 29 at 7:30 PM
THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR: July 30 at 2:00 PM
CHARLEY’S AUNT- OPENING July 30 at 7:30 PM
HENRY V: July 31 at 3:00 pm
HENRY V: August 3 at 2:00 PM – GROUP SALES
THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR: August 4 at 7:30 PM
THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR: August 5 at 7:30 PM
CHARLEY’S AUNT: August 6 at 2:00 PM
HENRY V: August 6 at 7:30 pm
CHARLEY’S AUNT: August 7 at 3:00 PM
CHARLEY’S AUNT: August 10 at 2:00 PM – GROUP SALES
CHARLEY’S AUNT: August 11 at 7:30 PM
HENRY V: August 12 at 7:30 pm
HENRY V: August 13 at 2:00 pm
THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR: August 13 at 7:30 PM
THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR: August 14 at 3:00 PM
THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR: August 17 at 2:00 PM – GROUP SALES
HENRY V: August 18 at 7:30 pm
CHARLEY’S AUNT: August 19 at 7:30 PM
THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR: August 20 at 2:00 PM
HENRY V: August 20 at 7:30 pm
CHARLEY’S AUNT: August 21 at 3:00 PM
Location: The Village Theater at Cherry Hill
50400 Cherry Hill Road
Canton, MI 48187
Reduced price Flexpasses for all three shows are available.
Please note Saturday matinees are at 2 pm, Sunday matinees are at 3 pm.
Purchase tickets at www.cantonvillagetheater.org