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Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival to present "Macbeth"

Author: Arts and Letters


The 2008 Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival will present a mainstage production of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” Aug. 19 to 31 (Tuesday to Sunday) in the Decio Theatre of the University’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.

Admission ranges from $12 to $35 and tickets are available by calling the center at 574-631-2800 or visiting on the Web.

“Macbeth,” Shakespeare’s infamous “Scottish play,” recounts the brutal rise and fall of the ill-fated title character, bringing to life the shortest and most ferocious of the Bard’s tragedies. Both a cautionary tale and a parable for our age, “Macbeth” is quick, raw and remarkably relevant. Parental guidance is advised for this production.

Director Karen Kessler leads a cast of students and professionals that includes award-winning Chicago actor Timothy Edward Kane as MacBeth.

This year’s festival also has featured a Young Company production of Thomas Middleton’s “The Witch,” which will be presented in a final performance on Aug. 25 (Monday) at 7p.m., on the Main Quad in front of Notre Dame’s Main Building. There is no cost for this event.

The Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival, formerly known as Summer Shakespeare, is the professional theater in residence at the University and one component of Shakespeare at Notre Dame, which works to establish the University as a center for the study of Shakespeare in performance and also includes the McMeel Family Chair in Shakespeare and Actors From The London Stage, an international touring theater troupe based at the University.

More information is available on the Web at

Contact: Aaron Nichols, Shakespeare at Notre Dame, 574-631-3777,

Originally published by Julie Hail Flory and Aaron Nichols at on August 12, 2008.