With its breathtaking views of the Hudson River, Boscobel provides the perfect setting for the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival’s 30th Anniversary summer season. For three decades HVSF has brought world-class performance to the Hudson Highlands as the only professional Shakespeare company in the region.
HVSF has established a reputation for lucid, imaginative, engaging and highly inventive productions staged on Boscobel’s historic Great Lawn with a backdrop of stunning vistas overlooking the Hudson River. The Festival’s productions, tours and education programs reach more than 90,000 people throughout the tri-state region each year.
Boscobel’s magnificent grounds open two hours before the show (5:30pm) for pre-theater picnicking. Bring your own picnic or enjoy prepared foods available for purchase on site.
Special Discount: Boscobel House Tour & Shakespeare Combo Tickets are available Wednesday–Sunday.
To order, call the HVSF Box Office during business hours at 845.265.9575.
Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival 2017 Performances
More information and tickets are available at hvshakespeare.org. Box Office located in the Boscobel Carriage House opens in May. (Closed for walk-ins on Tuesdays; phone sales only.)
THE BOOK OF WILL
By Lauren Gunderson | Directed by Davis McCallum
Rolling World Premiere
Previews June 9–June 21, 2017
Running June 22–July 28, 2017
History walks again here. Love is lived again. Loss is met and survived and wept for and understood here and not the first time but every time.
Our resident playwright’s own theater company is the focus of this mostly-true story, which takes us backstage at The Globe to discover how Shakespeare became Shakespeare and to meet a pair of underdogs who save English literature’s greatest works! Amidst the noise and color of Elizabethan London, THE BOOK OF WILL finds an unforgettable story of love, loss, and laughter, and sheds new light on a man you may think you know.
PRIDE AND PREJUDICE
By Kate Hamill | Adapted from the novel by Jane Austen
Directed by Amanda Dehnert
Previews June 10–June 23, 2017
Running June 24–September 4, 2017
Jane-ites rejoice! Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy have found their new summer home on the Hudson.
Kate Hamill (Bedlam’s Sense & Sensibility) debuts her playful new adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic romance on the rolling grounds of Regency-era Boscobel! The outspoken Elizabeth Bennet faces mounting pressure from her status-conscious mother to secure a suitable marriage. But is marriage suitable for a woman of Elizabeth’s intelligence and independence? Especially when the irritating, aloof, self-involved … tall, vaguely handsome, mildly amusing, and impossibly aristocratic Mr. Darcy keeps popping up at every turn?! What? Why are you looking at us like that? Literature’s greatest tale of latent love has never felt so theatrical, or so full of life than it does in this effervescent new adaptation.
By William Shakespeare | Directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel
Previews June 8–June 15, 2017
Running June 16–August 27, 2017
If music be the food of love, play on.
Orsino loves Olivia. Olivia loves Cesario. Cesario’s a woman and in love with Orsino, disguised as a man…And Malvolio loves Olivia, too! Our music-filled ensemble comedy of the season weaves mistaken identities, tangled letters of love, and gender-bending hijinks together, led by Tony-nominated Moritz von Stuelpnagel (Broadway’s Hand to God and Present Laughter).
THE GENERAL FROM AMERICA
By Richard Nelson | Directed by Penny Metropulos
In Association with Boscobel House and Gardens
Previews August 4–August 7, 2017
Running August 8–September 3, 2017
In my soul, we fight for principles.
With the newborn United States of America engaged in a fight for its life, the Hudson Valley is the center of the action. As whispers of treason creep through the colonies, history’s quintessential malefactor plots his defection and flight from this fledgling nation. Featuring the year’s hottest founding father, Alexander Hamilton, as well as President George Washington, this riveting retelling of Benedict Arnold’s treasonous plot will be well-served on the banks of the Hudson, overlooking West Point – Arnold’s own command.
LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST
By William Shakespeare | Directed by Ian Belknap
Featuring the HVSF Conservatory Company
A Co-Production with The Acting Company
Running August 14–August 29, 2017
Free Family Matinees August 15, 22, 29
New York City Schools Tour Fall 2017
Love is a familiar. Love is a devil. There is no evil angel but Love.
The King of Navarre and his lords have sworn off the pleasures of life to pursue their studies, but can their oaths hold up when a princess and her ladies come to town? Men and women test their own constitutions in this hilarious Shakespearean comedy that forces gentlemen in love to keep love—and food, and sleep—at arms’ length.