The Montford Park Players in Asheville is North Carolina's longest running Shakespeare Festival! Free summer "Shakespeare in the Park" productions are outdoors at the Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre, 92 Gay Street, near downtown Asheville.
Yes, you can attend at no cost. They do pass a hat at intermission for funds to keep the theatre running, with a suggested $10 donation per person. Chair rental $2. Picnics encouraged. Concessions are available.
The 2018 Season includes (shows start at 7:30 PM, Friday-Sunday nights only):
- May 4-26: The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
- June 1-30: A Midsummer Night's Dream
- July 6-August 4: Robin Hood
- August 10-September 1: James & The Giant Peach
- September 7-29: Hamlet
- November TBD: The Tempest (location TBD)
- December TBD: A Christmas Carol (location TBD)
Outdoor Performance Tips for Guests
For outdoor productions, bring an umbrella/raincoat. MPP only cancels if there is a major downpour. Often, it may be raining everywhere except the amphitheatre. People bring fast food, picnic baskets, and candlelight dinners. Bring a lawn chair for a more comfortable seat! The concession stand sells drinks and snacks. There is no charge for parking. For 40 years, they've passed the hat at intermission, and donations are appreciated.
The Montford Park Players performs at the Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre, 1 Gay St, Asheville NC 28801. For more information call 828-254-5146 or visit www.montfordparkplayers.org.