The Montford Park Players

Belve Marks as Benedick and Mickey Hanley as Beatrice in the Montford Park Players’ 2007 production of Much Ado About Nothing

The Montford Park Players is North Carolina’s longest running Shakespeare festival. It has grown for the past 36 years due to its entertaining and educational quality productions of Shakespeare and other great playwrights, its delightful outdoor setting, and because it has kept its productions free. This year’s summer season still has much to offer with Shakespeare’s comedy As You Like It, a return of The Asheville Shakesperience and Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus. And for the first time, the Montford Park Players will present, as a fund-raiser, the parody The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) in October.

Managing Director John Russell says, “Over 200 volunteers work year-round to make this theatrical magic happen. The actors you see on stage are only the visible part of our volunteers … [There are also volunteers] who labor away behind the scenes to create spectacular sets and stunning costumes, and who create the lighting effects, sell concessions, and serve on the board and various committees.”

The free performances are held at the Hazel Robinson Amphitheater in Montford starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the fund-raiser in October will be on sale beginning mid-August and at the gate. For a complete schedule of performances or more info: or 254-5146.

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