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WHENMARCH 27-29, 2015WHEREMIDDLEBURG COMMUNITY CENTERMIDDLEBURG, VAWHOPERFORMANCES BYTHE AMERICAN SHAKESPEARE CENTER & THE MIDDLEBURG PLAYERSWHATONE-ACT PLAYWRITING COMPETITIONFRIDAY MOVIE NIGHTWORKSHOPS IN STAGECRAFT & ACTINGShakespeare in the 'Burg is an annual festival in Middleburg, Virginia with performances of Shakespeare by the American Shakespeare Center actors. In addition, the festival will host workshops in stagecraft and acting, and a One Act Playwriting Competition, with the first prize being a public reading or performance of the winning script! During the festival, there will be  special menus at local restaurants, wine-tasting, a movie night with hors d' oeuvres, and more!THE AMERICAN SHAKESPEARE CENTER will present Hamlet and Much Ado About Nothing at the 2015 festival. Much Ado About Nothing is Shakespeare at his most charming--and most mischievous. Hamlet is a masterpiece of storytelling, intense, dramatic and compelling. The two plays chosen for 2015 are among the bard's most popular and are a true showcase of the master's skills. 


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"The play's the thing

Wherein I'll catch the conscience of the King." -- II.ii

Hamlet is a philosopher's gold mine; but it's also a ghost story, a comedy, a thriller, and a seven-murder tale of revenge.  For four-hundred years, audiences of all ages (and both sexes) have been able to identify with this brilliant, troubled Prince as he copes with the loss of his father, his mother's re-marriage, and life's biggest questions.  Something is rotten in the state of Denmark, and Hamlet, who seeks to uncover the source of the stench, struggles to discover what is real and what is illusion in his world turned upside down.



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"I do love nothing in this world so well as you -- is not that strange?" IV.i


In Much Ado about Nothing Shakespeare gives us the glittering wit of Beatrice and Benedick and the heroic blunders of Dogberry and company.  He gives us the joy of love won and the ache of love lost.  As the villain Don John devises a scheme to shatter the wedding of young lovers Claudio and Hero, the friends of Beatrice and Benedick conspire to trick them into admitting their much-denied love for one another.  In this powerful comedy, Shakespeare makes you laugh, but also breaks your heart – and magically puts it back together again.




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Our 2014 Performances

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The Merry Wives Of Windsor


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Henry IV - Part I

The Middleburg Community Center

Our Venue For The Shakespeare Performances

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300 West Washington Street

Middleburg, VA 20117

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With the help of the generous citizens of Middleburg, The Middleburg Community Center opened in January 1948 to the public.


With a grand ball room, bowling alley and swimming pool as the main attractions the Middleburg Community Center hosted nearly 500 events including picnics, balls, bowling, swimming, movies, and tractor shows during its first full year of operation.


With more than two million people participating in the events over the years The Middleburg Community Center remains the community supported social hub it was intended to be, hosting a myriad of special private events, educational classes, meetings, fundraisers and community events. Next time you pass 300 W. Washington Street take a moment to reflect on how this building is not a landmark, but a member of the community.


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Annual Shakespeare Festival in Middleburg VA
Starts: 03/27/2015
Ends: 03/29/2015
300 West Washington St
Middleburg, Virginia
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