Shakespeare by the Sea, Newfoundland
|Shakespeare By The Festival Inc.|
|Dates||May to August|
|Location(s)||St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada|
The company was founded in 1993 by Aiden Flynn and Danielle Irvine, and has been under the artistic direction of Jennifer Deon since 1995. The company's main event is an annual outdoor Shakespeare festival that runs throughout the months of July and August. Performance locations have ranged from the cliffs of Logy Bay and the courtyard of the Murray Premises to the bunkers of Signal Hill and the stones of Topsail Beach. The Festival's venues are announced seasonally.
Shakespeare by the Sea, Newfoundland is listed as a Major Festival in the book Shakespeare Festivals Around the World by Marcus D. Gregio (Editor), 2004.
Currently in its 20th season, productions include King Lear (directed by Jennifer Deon), A Midsummer Night's Dream (directed by Nicole Rousseau), The Curious Case of the Colony (written by Chris Hibbs, directed by Wendi Smallwood), and Above and Below (written and directed by Phillip Goodridge).
Feast of Fools
Beginning in 2009 the Festival has hosted an annual fundraiser celebration known as the Feast of Fools. Held on 23 April (the birthdate of the famous Bard), the feast is a Renaissance-themed evening of fine food and live entertainment celebrating the work of the Festival.
The 2011 Feast of Fools Alumni Award was presented to Robert Chafe. The award recognizes an artist among the Festival's alumni who has found personal, artistic and/or community achievement in the preceding year. Chafe, winner of the 2010 Governor General's Award for English Language Drama, acted with Shakespeare By The Sea in the 1990s.
1993 The Tempest
1994 King Lear
1995 Twelfth Night
1996 Macbeth and Romeo & Juliet
1997 Macbeth, Hamlet, I Hate Hamlet and Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead
1998 A Midsummer Night's Dream
1999 Much Ado About Nothing and Richard III
2000 The Mousetrap, Julius Caesar (play), Love's Labour's Lost
2001 Dial M for Murder, Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Merchant of Venice and A Streetcar Named Desire (play)
2002 The Tempest and Twelfth Night
2003 The Importance of Being Earnest, Othello, Romeo & Juliet, The Cask of Amontillado and The Compleat Works of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged)
2004 As You Like It and The Winter's Tale
2005 Henry V (play)
2006 The Two Noble Kinsmen, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Dear Brutus
2007 Macbeth, The Comedy of Errors and The Rats in the Walls / The Cask of Amontillado
2008 Merry Wives of Windsor, Much Ado About Nothing, Anthony and Cleopatra, and The Rats in the Walls / The Cask of Amontillado
2009 The Tempest, Romeo & Juliet, The Tell-Tale Heart / The Cask of Amontillado / The Signal-Man, The Tunes and Tales of Newfoundland, and Fairy Tale Mix-Up
2010 Love's Labour's Lost, Troilus & Cressida, The Compleat Works of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged), Fairy Tale Mix-Up, The Tunes and Tales of Newfoundland, and The Rats in the Walls / The Signal-Man, The Cask of Amontillado
2011 Hamlet, Twelfth Night, Above and Below, The Curious Case of the Colony, and The Tunes and Tales of Newfoundland 2012 King Lear, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Curious Case of the Colony, and Above and Below.
We are a cultural cornerstone enriching community and artistic life in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. Our work resonates beyond the stage.
Shakespeare by the Sea Festival is a long-standing community-based charitable organization that unites seasoned and developing talent in producing and promoting artistic works with a focus on Shakespeare. We aspire to excel in all our endeavours.
- Gordon Jones. "Tempted by the cliffs of Logy Bay". July 2009: The Telegram, St. John's, NL.
- "Artistic Director's Notes", from 17th Annual Shakespeare by the Sea Festival Programme