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/
Bertram Ripley, noted alchemist, astrologer, natural philosopher and the most brilliant scholar in the tri-county area returns to Revel Grove with an all-new program of science for the sixteenth century. Using audience interaction, games, demonstrations, and his unique insights, he will present the latest understanding of how the world operates. Packed into his 20 minute show are his theories for transmuting lead into gold, finding your inner alchemist, organizing nature, health and beauty tips, and answers to all of your questions. Take this trip with him out of the dark ages and into the modern world of the sixteenth century. He will be appearing daily at the Reveler's Bower. In addition, he has a 10 minute children's show daily at the Crooked Cottage Stage, of pretty much the same thing, except with puppets.
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.
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 -- twice daily on the Gatehouse Stage 8/25 - 9/3
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 10/6 - 10/21.
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.
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!
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.
Rapier Wit-Blunt Comedy-Dangerous Laughter! James Frank, Geoff Thompson, Casey Severn, Mike Martin. The Fight School boys are back for three weekends - 9/15 - 9/30- with a show full of comedy, stage combat, and fascinating historical information on weapons and the art of fighting. At the Globe.
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
Starring Joe Grasso, John Kelso, Mike Martin, Casey Severn, John Dickson Wakefield. Do you love everything about Shakespeare except for all of those words? Have you ever wished Hamlet would stop complaining and do something about his problems BEFORE ACT FIVE? Are tights simply not masculine enough for you? Then trade in those tights for a big manly unitard, and step into the arena as Renaissance Rumble presents: Shakespeare in the Ring! Join your host, William Shakespeare, as he presents his most famous fight scenes as they were always meant to be seen - with less exposition and more headlocking, body-slamming violence! Rated PG http://www.renaissancerumble.com/ Performing six weekends: 8/25-9/9, and 10/6 - 10/21.
Written by: Carolyn Spedden Directed by Randy Dalmas The Mayor and his family official welcome the royal court to celebrate the harvest festival. This morning show is an excellent primer for all festival guests as you will meet the villagers and court, and learn the gossip which will propel the court & village drama throughout the day. 10:30 AM at Gatehouse Stage. Photo by Melissa Jo York-Tilley.
Written by Carolyn Spedden; Directed by Brian Douglas The Royal Court is always a place of schemes and plots, but never so much as in 1529. The King had hoped for a quick annulment of his marriage to Queen Katherine, but he is now in the second year of delays, which is causing great frustration to both the King and Anne Boleyn. Cardinal Wolsey knows the knives are out for him at Court, and if he fails to secure the annulment for the King, he could be dismissed from Court...or worse. And Queen Katherine is adamant that her marriage is legitimate and will not quietly enter a convent. She will fight for her marriage to the bitter end! This 25 minute show is performed at the Globe Theatre.
Carolyn Spedden, who is the writer and director too. Liz Demery, Stephon Walker, Steve Wannall. “Absolute genius parodies of the Bard’s work” - City Paper. Taking the text from the Bard's greatest plays and adding their own special brand of humor, these thirty minutes adaptations are funny to those unfamiliar with Shakespeare and even funnier to those who know the plays. This season the Skummers will perform the oft requested Tag-Tam Romeo & Juliet (AARP version), the Skummy classic Macbeth In 20 Minutes or Less, and the tragically ridiculous Othello: Just Having A Bad Day. At the Globe. Don't say you weren't warned.
Brevity is the soul of wit! STREETspeare is the festival's unique program to present a bit of the Bard, and works from other medieval and renaissance writers, into the pathways of Revel Grove. Scenes will run between 4 - 10 minutes long. Collect all of them! A listing of the scenes, times, and locations plus a special STREETspeare playing card will be available at Customer Service!
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
New this season! 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!
Written and Directed by Geoff Thompson. Featuring members of the Fight Corps. It is Time for the Revel Grove Militia to Train with new weapons: The Broadsword, Bastard Sword and Shield! What happens when Knuckles interrupts with his newly learned Broadsword skills and revenge on his mind? They Fight!
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!