See Henry V & More at Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival

After ringing in its first season at its new home in 2022, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival is ready for a summer like no other in Garrison.

The Bard is back in the Hudson Valley. At least, his spirit is. Thanks to Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, anyone can experience the poetic works of one of English literature’s greatest icons.

Views from the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival's new home Photo by Amy Brown, courtesy of Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival
Views from Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival’s new home. Photo by Amy Brown, courtesy of Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival

After hosting its final season at its longtime home at Boscobel House and Gardens in 2021 and kicking off its first season at its permanent home in Garrison in 2022, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival (HVSF) is ready to welcome visitors with a stellar lineup in 2023. For those already familiar with HVSF, the theater tent is always a welcome sight, since the fest continues to use its preexisting one while it works on plans for a permanent, open-air venue anticipated for summer 2025.

As for the season, which runs from May 31 to September 17, it will be one in which theatergoers can revel in the works of the Bard – and other talented playwrights – like never before. In anticipation of the opening, here’s what to know about the shows:

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The cast of HVSF's 2021 production of The Tempest. Photo by T. Charles Erickson, courtesy of Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival
The cast of HVSF’s 2021 production of The Tempest. Photo by T. Charles Erickson, courtesy of Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival

Love’s Labor’s Lost

July to August

What happens when four young noblemen skip out on society in order to focus on their studies? Well, first they swear of girls in order to prioritize their books and readings. Yet when the Princess of France happens to show up with three young ladies, all bets are off. Directed by Amanda Denhert, this comedy is guaranteed to delight audiences. To add to the excitement, the show features an original pop/rock score that will have everyone tapping their feet.

Views from the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival's new home Photo by Amy Brown, courtesy of Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival
Views from Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival’s new home. Photo by Amy Brown, courtesy of Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival

Henry V

May to August

To balance out your dose of Shakespearean comedy, score seats to this epic drama. The adventure follows the warrior king as he dives headfirst into strategy and warfare in pursuit of the French crown. Directed by Davis McCallum, the saga makes viewers ponder the nature of leadership and what it takes for an individual to unite beliefs and opinions under one common goal.

The cast of HVSF's 2021 production of The Tempest. Photo by T. Charles Erickson, courtesy of Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival
The cast of HVSF’s 2021 production of The Tempest. Photo by T. Charles Erickson, courtesy of Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival

Penelope

September

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Open for a limited run, Penelope is a world premiere that reimagines The Odyssey from the point of view of a character who is often considered marginal. Dubbed “a musical love letter,” the play is a study in storytelling that lures visitors into a narrative that reflects upon the power of waiting for what’s most important in life. The work was developed in part through the Founders’ Club Residency as part of the Orchard Project.

For the full schedule of performances and to purchase tickets, visit the Festival’s website or call 845.265.9575.

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