Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival Presents “Cymbeline”

Author: Julie Hail Flory

The 11th season of the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival (NDSF) continues through the end of August with a variety of performances on campus:

  • Follow one of Shakespeare’s most remarkable heroines on her journey in Cymbeline, directed by producing artistic director Jay Paul Skelton in the Decio Mainstage Theatre of the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center at the University of Notre Dame August 17 to 29, 2010. In Cymbeline, the virtuous princess Imogen—heir to Cymbeline’s kingdom—struggles against the ambitious schemes of her wicked stepmother, flees to the forest in disguise, and finally finds happily-ever-after as she reunites with her family and the man she loves.
  • The popular Young Company—comprised of students from Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s College, and several other universities from across the nation—brought The Taming of the Shrew to multiple outdoor venues in Indiana and Michigan this summer. A final performance is set for 7 p.m. August 23 on the Main Building Quad, in front of the Golden Dome. The Young Company’s performances are free and open to the public.
  • Taking its inspiration from Shakespeare, Kiss Me, Kate recounts the backstage and on-stage antics of two feuding romances during an out-of-town tryout for a musical adaptation of The Taming of the Shrew. This semi-staged concert performance features a 35-piece orchestra onstage. There will be two performances only, August 28 and 29, at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center’s Leighton Concert Hall.

A complete schedule of performances and ticket information are available online at or by calling 574.631.2800.

As the professional theatre in residence at the University of Notre Dame, NDSF presents world-class productions on its Mainstage while fostering young actors through unique educational performance opportunities such as the Young Company and ShakeScenes programs. Since its inception in 2000, the program has grown exponentially and reaches thousands of people each year with Shakespeare’s timeless words.

NDSF is a central component of Shakespeare at Notre Dame, which includes the McMeel Family Chair in Shakespeare Studies, the Ryan Producing Artistic Director, Actors From The London Stage, ancillary lectures and events, and library collections. Shakespeare at Notre Dame’s mission is to become a pre-eminent venue for the study and performance of the works of Shakespeare, providing Notre Dame and the wider community an on-campus culture steeped in the works of William Shakespeare—both on the page and on the stage.

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