“Doubt thou the stars are fire;
Doubt that the sun doth move;
Doubt truth to be a liar;
But never doubt I love.”
― William Shakespeare, Hamlet
Middleburg, VA has a fine arts community that is strong and growing. As the arts continue to blossom in Middleburg, theater should become a big part of our village culture.
Much Ado About Nothing is generally considered one of Shakespeare's best comedies.
Hamlet is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare at an uncertain date between 1599 and 1602.
Much Ado About Nothing, though interspersed with darker concerns, is a joyful comedy that ends with multiple marriages and no deaths.
Much Ado About Nothing is a comedic play by William Shakespeare thought to have been written in 1598 and 1599, as Shakespeare was approaching the middle of his career.
The wonderful hors d'oeuvres of Movie Night 2014
The wine-cup is the little silver well,
Where truth, if truth there be, doth dwell!
Patrick Earl as Hamlet in HAMLET. Photo by Michael Bailey.
The inside of the Middleburg Community Center, venue for the Shakespeare performances.
The 2014 Performance of the
Merry Wives Of Windsor
at Shakespeare in the Burg
HAMLET &MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHINGPerformed by the American Shakespeare CenterPlusONE-ACT PLAYWRITING COMPETITIONPERFORMANCE OF THE WINNING PLAY FROM OUR PLAYWRITING COMPETITIONMARCH 27-29, 2015MIDDLEBURG COMMUNITY CENTERMIDDLEBURG, VA PERFORMANCES BYTHE AMERICAN SHAKESPEARE CENTER & THE MIDDLEBURG PLAYERSSHAKESPEARE 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 CENTERwill 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.
MEET ACTORS FROM THE AMERICAN SHAKESPEARE CENTER DURING SHAKESPEARE IN THE ‘BURG 2015!MIDDLEBURG ARTS PROJECT GALLERYSATURDAY, MARCH 28, 2015 Become a Shakespeare in the ‘Burg 2015 sponsor for your invitation to join us for the cast party! This invitation only event will be hosted at the Middleburg Arts Project Gallery after the evening’s performance of Hamlet. Mingle with the incredible cast while you enjoy wine, after-theater snacks and fine art.The Middleburg Arts Project Gallery is located at 4 East Federal Street, Middleburg VA 20117.Sponsor levels start at $500 and will help us to expand Shakespeare in the ‘Burg to more audiences. Let’s keep the arts strong in Middleburg and Loudoun County!
JOIN US FOR A PERFORMANCE OF THE WINNING PLAY FROM OUR ONE-ACT PLAYWRITING COMPETITION AT THE MIDDLEBURG COMMUNITY CENTER!
MUSIC BY THE CROOKED ANGELSELEGANT GOURMET LUNCH BY THE HOME FARM STORE
SATURDAY, MARCH 28, 2015, NOON
Enjoy an elegant, gourmet lunch and music by The Crooked Angels before the one-act play performance.
"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.
"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
300 West Washington Street
Middleburg, VA 20117
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.