Mark Jaster- A Fool named "O",Sabrina Mandell - "LaLa". Family-friendly physical antics and classic knock-about comedy. A Fool Named "O" has endeared himself to Festival audiences forover 20 years. "O" and his partner, "LaLa" mix classic routines and new material again this year as they have since 2005. At the Lyric Stage. www.happenstancetheater.com photo by Lisa Julia
His Majesty keeps a busy schedule and sometimes it is hard for patrons to find the King in Revel Grove. Here is your opportunity to meet the King and members of his court. Perhaps get a picture, or celebrate a happy occasion. Huzzah! 4pm at the Gatehouse Stage.
James Frank, director See a demonstration of the English longbow - the weapon that changed the history of Britain. This informative demonstration will also include the use of bows handmade in our village Militia tent. Performed in the Jousting Field. http://www.period-productions.com/
What was a courtesan and how could these women of ill-repute become some of the most sought after advisers and influencers in the world? Come laugh and learn about what it was like to be in this special part of society from Columbina (Michele Schultz), the woman who has seen and done it all! Rated PG-13. At Reveler's Bower at 5pm
Presented by the Mayor's cook, Mistress Cecily Clack, this show features different receipts (recipes) from the 16th century and earlier each weekend. This humorous but educational take on period dishes and eating & drinking habits will tantalize even the most discerning palates. Each week features a special ingredient chosen by previous Cakes & Ale attendees! At Reveler’s Bower.
Are you still waiting for your owl to arrive? Or for the chance to step into the halls of Camelot or the shores of Avalon? Join Dr. Sara Cleto and Dr. Brittany Warman of the Carterhaugh School of Folklore and the Fantastic for lectures on "The Legend of King Arthur" and "Mythical and Magical Creatures in Harry Potter." Sara and Brittany will explore the British folklore behind these beloved stories and discuss why these tales resonate so deeply with contemporary audiences. Special guests on our Myth & Magic weekend, 9/7 & 8. https://carterhaughschool.com/
Join Lucy Locket, Nell Quickly, and Alys Overdone as the present an interactive sing along of the favorite songs of Princess Mary. Aimed for kids ages 4 - 7, but everyone is welcomed to join in on the fun! 12pm at Gatehouse stage.
Who logs the monologues? Who pays the playbills? Who cracks you up in triplicate? The Company Men do. Mr. Pace & Mr. Humm make Shakespeare their business, and your pleasure! Spencer Humm (of Hack & Slash) and Duncan Pace (of London Broil Show) lovingly combine classic comedy, wobbly wordplay, and signature songs into non-stop historical laughter! Meetings are merry and mandatory. Make sure to pencil yourself in! At the Lyric Stage in October.
New this season! Dario was born in the Pampas of Argentina, moved to the United States in 1986 became a US Citizen in 1998. He has performed in many venues which include, Disney World, Sea World, Theme Parks, Circus, Night clubs, Hotels and Casinos. And, he is currently working on Cruise ships around the world. Based in Miami, Dario has toured throughout Europe, South America, Japan and the United States. At the Fortune Stage.
New this season! The Festival welcomes DeBracey Productions to the jousting arena, where they will present exciting shows featuring amazing trick riding, thrilling combat, and jousting! Performing at 12 PM, 3 PM & 6 PM each day.
Wailing Women, Sin Eaters and the Morbidly Curious gather at the Chapel twice daily for a funeral ( It’s not the plague, we’re just a clumsy lot). Join in on the bygone rituals and see how Digger Plotts put the “Fun” in Funeral! Look for the Cart ’n Coffin at the Chapel graveyard.Bread & Beer will be served to a chosen few! Wes Holden as Digger Plotts, 8/24 - 9/29.
Brian Wendell Morton. Dinty, “the most honest man in the village”, will amuse and amaze you with daring feats of dishonesty, culminating in a two-man fight to the Death! Or, something very close to it! See Dinty at the Lyric Stage and Boars Head Tavern. http://www.liesofbrian.com/
See Diego Natividad de la Estafa show you three historic real-world street swindles and why you shouldn't risk your hard-earned money playing them. "Fast & Loose," "The Shell Game" and the Three Card Monte are demonstrated, along with the one and only lesson to be learned: "Don't Play These Games For Money!
Cosmo (Charles F. Murray) will delight you with his unfortunate fortunes and silly predictions. See him in both the pathways an onstage. Stage shows include comedy, music, and audience interaction. Twice daily at the Gatehouse Stage
Fight Corps, directed by Tom Plott. Fight Choreogrpahers: James Frank, Geoff Thompson. Fight Captains: Mike Martin, Casey Severn. Fight Corps members are actors/stage combatants who play members of the village militia. See them perform stage combat in the pathways, and their own stage show at the Globe Theatre, Fightasia 4: Pandora's Box.
This year don't miss their demonstrations in the Joust Field. 11:30am: Sword & Shield; 2:30pm-Broadsword; 3:30pm-Quarterstaff.
Rapier Wit-Blunt Comedy-Dangerous Laughter! James Frank, Geoff Thompson, Casey Severn, Mike Martin. The Fight School boys are back for one weekend only - 9/14- 9/15- with a show full of comedy, stage combat, and fascinating historical information on weapons and the art of fighting. At the Globe.
Gabriel Quirk. Gabriel Q is a puppeteer, costume and puppet builder and a variety performer. He has performed for 25 years at major Renaissance Festivals across the country. He has also performed at the Kim Tom Clown festival in Shaghai, China in 2008. For the past 10 years Gabriel has built and performed large puppets for the krewes of Orpheus and Muses for the Marti Gras parades in New Orleans. http://gabrielq.com/ Performing 9/8 - 10/21 in the pathways.
Peals of laughter ring like convent bells as the unconventional Mother Redempta and the mischievous, ukulele wielding, Sister Philomena Claire take to the stage in a dazzling display of improvisational and comedic escapades. 9/7- 9/29 only!
Best described as a show without boundaries, Hilby is the living proof that being German doesn’t mean you can’t be funny. Hilby is an expert in juggling all sorts of objects and subjects. He also is amazing in countless circus and variety skills such as unicycling, balance stunts and more. Performing 10/12 - 10/20.
Here is your chance to learn the hidden mysteries of nature, the magic to be found in metals, minerals, and elemental materials, and the miracles of a brilliant mind, from the great master of it all, Revel Grove's own Bertram Ripley! This very unique alchemist and grand magus has traveled the world studying, experimenting, and contriving his theories of everything. In an interactive show of demonstrations and epistemic brilliance, he will explore transmutation of base materials into rare and valuable metals, the search for the elixir of life, magical potions, and the panacea that cures all illness and disease: better things for better living through alchemy!
Jason "Other One" LeMay, Mick "Bald Guy" Lunzer, Caleb "Reynaldo" McEwan. Their unique blend of the hilarious and the dangerous while performing unbelievable feats of skill has made The Danger Committee one of the most talked about acts in the country. www.thedangercommittee.com Performing at the Blackfriars from 10/5 - 10/20.
One half of the popular Steele Sisters comedy sword fighting show, Gwendolyn Steele (Nicole Skelly) is making her way in the world solo. What kind of trouble can she get into? Join in as Gwendolyn explores life, the universe, and how to get a date! At the Lyric Stage and in the pathways.
Erin Jeannier is a performer with many circus skills: aerial silks, stilts, fire, and hoop artistry. She'll perform her hoop work in the pathways and stages here in Revel Grove, twirling as many as six hoops at a time on her body, feet, and even her nose! See her twice daily at the Gatehouse stage.
A charming and innovative mix of free-flow comedy and fantastic team juggling. AJ, Louie and Matt have performed thousands of shows together nationwide since 1999. Three different shows: “Blades of Fury”, “Juggling well Done” and “Lets Loose” where nothing is planned and anything goes! Visit them at www.thelondonbroilshow.com. Performing on the Royal Stage from 8/24 - 9/29.
Stephanie Phelan, music director. Even royalty needs to vent sometimes! The Queen's Singers show their real feelings in a Royal W(h)ine fest; a bit of song and scuttlebutt. At the Reveler's Bower. Photo by David Sadowsky
Captain Nobeard (Matthew Pauli) is a no good, lying scoundrel of a pirate who has misplaced a treasure. Until he finds the true map again, he is cursed to always carry a jar of the waters where the treasure was lost. Can a pirate use a little magic and some help from the audience to find the truth and restore the treasure? At the Gatehouse Stage
Lily Hufnagel and Amanda Renaud return with The Topsy Turvy Show - a performance of acrobatics, circus arts, people balancing and more! This year performing the entire season on the Fortune Stage! Andrew Lesny Photography
Join a lively discussion about health care, and the treatment of illness and disease, between noted physician Dr. Carson Ripley (Randy Dalmas) and his cousin, Revel Grove's foremost alchemist, Master Bertram Ripley (John Sadowsky). With their modern sixteenth century knowledge of medicine and human physiology, the two scientists debate their different approaches, ideas and methods. Who can better cure sicknesses, the physician or the alchemist? Listen, learn, and be surprised. And, who knows? You might just find yourself cured of whatever ails you! 1:30pm at Reveler's Bower.
This talented and tempting trio swashbuckle their way through Shakespeare using daring swordplay, witty repartee, and a naughty sense of humor—all in an interactive fast-paced show that will keep you on the edge of your seat! Guest performance for one weekend only at the Royal Fox Theatre, 10/5- 10/6.
Grant Murray. Death defying, daring and dangerous. Ichabod Wainwright will run, jump, flip and more atop the worlds only wooden wheel of death! A three story tall rotating contraption built to defy gravity and equilibrium. Come see Ichabod attempt the impossible! Near the Chapel & Fortune Stage.Don't miss it!