Classical actor, brilliant physical comedian, and gifted puppeteer Matthew Pauli…and Daisy…join forces for a show which delivers on its promise- it guarantees you ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. Start your day at Revel Grove at 10:30am at the Gatehouse Stage with Matthew Pauli and Liz Demery Bragg in this audience interactive show guaranteed to…well, guaranteeing nothing actually. But we think it will tickle your funny bone (for sure!) and quite possibly warm your heart. (Possibly, but extremely doubtful.)
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 at 2pm in the Jousting Field. http://www.period-productions.com/
Comedy. Acrobatics. Danger. Don't miss Small, Medium, and Large as they return to the Blackfriars Theatre for three fun-filled weekends! For over 15 years they've been wowing audiences across the country. Performing 9/10 - 9/25. https://barelybalanced.com/
NEW this season! Beale Street Puppets is a professional touring puppet company that has been performing across the United States and internationally since 1988. Every Beale Street Puppet is handcrafted - built and designed by their professional puppeteers. As special guests for Children’s Weekend, Beale Street Puppets will present Fairy Caravan, a fantasy land of gnomes, fairies, wizards, and elves! August 27th & 28th only at the Gatehouse Stage.
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! 1pm at Reveler’s Bower https://www.facebook.com/CakesandAles/
Take a rollicking romp through alcohols of the age as Ale Connor Arnold and Alewife Cecily explain their finer and not so fine points. Join Arnold and Cecily as they discuss ale, cider, mead, wine, brandy, gin rum, and specialty drinks through story and song. Each weekend will focus on one of the alcohols to provide an in-depth look at the boozy options of the sixteenth century. 4:15pm at Reveler's Bower.
All goodly young gentles can be knighted by the King! This brief general knighting ceremony takes place at 3:45pm at the Cottage Stage. Immediately following the knighting, individuals can get their photos taken with the King. Please note: The king doth keep a busy schedule and must away by 4:10pm
Wee lads and lasses are invited to join an interactive kid's sing-along at the Cottage Stage with vagabonds Moll Firth (Julia Link), Mal Rose (Holly Gibbs) and Nan Rash (Katie Rey Bogdan). Directed by Stephanie Phelan. Daily at 2:45pm at the Cottage Stage. Aimed for children ages 2 - 6 accompanied by their caring adult.
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. October 8th - 23rd at Blackfriar's Theatre. www.thedangercommittee.com
DeBracey Productions returns to the jousting arena, where they will present exciting shows featuring amazing trick riding, thrilling combat, and jousting! Don't miss them at 12pm, 3pm, & 6pm! http://www.debraceyproductions.com/
Digger Plotts, gravedigger and Sin Eater, will be in Revel Grove from August 27th to September 25th. Digger is always available for a chat. You can find him in the pathways of the village. https://www.oddots.com/
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/
New! Don Quixote, reimagined, combines the world-famous elements of Cervantes’ classic novel with an upbeat comic twist. Positive, energetic, and kid-accessible; he patrols the lanes protecting patrons from giants, dragons, and monsters. Don't be surprised if he enlists your help to serenade a lady, attack a monster disguised as a rock or tree, or perform a noble deed in the honor of Lady Dulcinea! Actor Sean Costas plays Don Quixote. 10/1 – 10/23 only.
Join famed opera singer turned sword master Julie d’Aubigny and author of The Paradoxes of Defense, George Silver as they settle their differences the only way two sword masters can, in a duel to the death. Quick wit and nimble sword fighting abound while these two fight to determine who is the greatest sword fighter in the world. This show is perfect for anyone who loves clever word play, flashing steel and historically inspired comedy. At the Fortune Stage 10/1-10/23
NEW play this season! The Acting Company performs this rarely produced city comedy by Ben Jonson, John Marston & George Chapman at 1:30pm at the Gatehouse Stage.
Eastward Ho! and Westward Ho! were the cries of the waterman on the Thames telling prospective customers which directing they were headed. You had to go eastward on the Thames to get to the ocean and then across to the New World!
This comedy is a satire on London life, focusing on Master Touchstone (played by Fred Nelson, aka King Henry VIII), a goldsmith who utters one of the first theatrical catch phrases, "Work upon that now!", his two daughters and two apprentices. One daughter is a silly social climber. One is modest and proper. One apprentice is a rogue, one an upstanding young man. Add additional characters including neighborhood gossips, a moneylender, and a knight with castles in the air - and you have a fast-paced, engaging comedy.
PRODUCTION TEAM: Steven Kirkpatrick, director. Edited, adapted, and with original material by Carolyn Spedden. Dramaturg: Mike Field. Stage Manager: Lauren Engler. Asst. Stage Manager: Sarah McCarthy. Music Director: Edie MacKay. Choreography: Randy Snight.
CAST: Touchstone: Fred Nelson; Mistress Touchstone: Charles Boyington; Gertrude: Marissa Chaffee; Mildred: Anabel Milton; Quicksilver: Matthew Crawford; Golding: Reed Sigmon; Sir Petronel Flash: Alexander Kafarakis; Sidnefy: Emily Gilson; Mistress Fond: Amy Heller; Mistress Gazer: Julia Williams; Security: Matt Leyendecker; Wolf: Steven Hoochuk; Poldavy: Randy Snight; Hamlet: Marshall Bailey; Seagull: Brian Gilbert; Drawer: Lloyd Ekpe; Scapethrift: Camilo Eraso; Spendall: Randy Snight.
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!" 10:45am daily at Reveler's Bower. https://www.facebook.com/LiesOfBrian/
Matthew Pauli, Nicole Skelly. Returning Festival regulars Captain Nobeard and Gwendolyn team up for a completely new, utterly ridiculous, and randomly dynamic show, featuring the ostentatious pretension of Shakespeare, the chaotic thrill of sword fighting, and the over-acted anguish of death. It's Shakespeare as you've never seen it before. Find out why! Twice daily at the Globe Theatre. https://www.facebook.com/GwendolynShow
Fight Corps, directed by Tom Plott. Fight Choreographers: James Frank, Tom Plott, Geoff Thompson. Fight Corps members are actors/stage combatants who play members of the village militia. Discover more about the weapons, bow making, and leather working at their Militia tent by the joust field. Fight demonstrations: Near the Chapel and axe throw game: 12:30pm: Pike Drill & quarterstaff. 1:30pm: Sword and shield.
Mark Jaster- A Fool named "O", Sabrina Mandell-La!La! Family-friendly physical antics and classic knock-about comedy. A Fool Named "O" has endeared himself to Festival audiences for over 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.comphoto by Lisa Julia
Paul Hudert, also known as Paolo Garbanzo, has performed for crowds all over the US and Europe. He's been a member The Flying Karamazov Brothers, earned the Lifetime Achievement Award by the International Juggling Association, and performs his shows in three languages. In 2007 he won the International Jester Competition, making him an official Jester of Muncaster Castle in England, and the first American in history to be an official Jester of an English castle. Don't miss his show at the Royal Fox Theatre!
Ginger Whimsy is a multi-talented actress, visual artist, performer, professional artist model, and living statue who’s experience spans over 3 decades. She visited Revel Grove for a limited run last year. This year she is performing for the full season!
NEW this season! Celtic Magic combines magic, theatrical storytelling, quick-witted comedy, and a few death-defying feats with the beauty of Irish culture to create a unique theatrical experience. Starring illusionists Daniel GreenWolf & Bella GreenWolf. Special guest performers for Myth & Magic Weekend. See them on the Fortune Stage on September 24th & 25th only! https://www.celticmagicshow.com/
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! 11:30am and 5:30pm at the Lyric Stage and in the pathways. https://www.facebook.com/GwendolynShow/
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. Attendance is expected from August 27th to September 25th at the Lyric Stage. Times: 11am, 1pm, 2pm, 3:30pm.
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. This season see Hilby at the Blackfriars Theatre in October! https://www.hilby.net/
Special stories for young lads and lasses on some very special weekends at the Cottage Stage! Presented by Page After Page.
Children’s Weekend, 11:30 and 12:00 (25 minutes each) Saturday (Aug 27th), Katie Lewis of Discoveries: The Library at the Mall, Anne Arundel County Public Library. Sunday (Aug 28th), Gina Post of Discoveries: The Library at the Mall, Anne Arundel County Public Library. All ye Lords and Ladies can join us in Revel Grove at the Cottage Stage for stories, singing, and merriment! Two sessions will be presented each day, 11:30am & 12:00pm. For Ages 2-6 years old with caring adult. https://www.aacpl.net/event/storytyme-grove-maryland-renaissance-festival
Artistic Director: Carolyn Spedden. Managing Director: Erin Riley. Scene directors: Charles Boyington, Erin Branigan, Keegan Cassady, Randy Dalmas, Kaitlyn Fowler, Emma Hooks, Mary Ann Jung, Emily Karol, Steven Kirkpatrick, Tony Korol-Evans, Dan O'Driscoll, Erin Riley, Michele G. Schultz, Randy Snight, Stephanie Phelan, Tom Plott.
All the world’s a stage, and that is true in Revel Grove. The popular STREETspeare program is back presenting new scenes from Shakespeare and writers going back Seneca and moving ahead to Moliere. Scenes will be performed on the stages and pathways of the village!
Brevity is the soul of wit, so these scenes are all between 4 – 15 minutes in length. Stop by Guest Services (near the front gate) to get the listing of the time and location of the scenes. Theatre fans can even get a game card which will be stamped when you see a scene to prove you are a sophisticated smarty-pants! It's a wonderful way to visit with favorite characters and scenes, or a great introduction to comic or dramatic plays you may not yet know! Note: viewing all scenes can only be done over 2 days.
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. Performing September 10th to October 23rd.
Step right up and see the NEW one-woman extravaganza that's wowing audiences across the shire!
With charm and sparkle to spare, this award-winning, pint-sized powerhouse packs a punch. She twists her body into ridiculous positions, then adds a whip, a unicycle, knife juggling, and a bow & arrow held between her (pedicured) toes. Don’t miss Stahr Power’s crazy combination of circus skills that will leave you laughing on the edge of your seat! October 22nd & 23rd only!
Tricorn Tales with Compass Rose is an interactive pirate adventure full of tunes and tales of the high seas! After forming a pirate crew, sail through a dark and stormy night, meet a navigating seagull, and wash up on a desert island where a treasure is sure to be found. Perfect for junior pirates and seasoned sea dogs alike. 2:45pm at the Cottage Stage (near the Wee Ones' Play Area.) Photo by Kevin Hedgecock.
I have heard (but not believ'd) the spirits of the dead May walk again..."
Join the Hunters of the Unruly Dead (Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa and his assistant Thomas Bodley) as they explore the Tudor theology of ghosts, the creepy signs of ghostly presence, the proper response to a spectre's visitation, as well as tales of a few famous Tudor-era hauntings. You may also get to play a ghost yourself in an interactive scene. Be warned. Actors: Charles Boyington, Steven Kirkpatrick.
The Vixens En Garde explore Shakespeare’s iconic male roles with a cheeky, anachronistic, narrative style that revels in the fact that they are smart, powerful, sexy performers who love to fight! The Vixens change the narrative around both Shakespeare and femininity through comical story-telling and powerful swordplay. Performing at the Market Stage all weekends EXCEPT 9/10,11 & 10/22,23.