William Shakespeare turns 449 years old on April 23rd and the theatre named in his honor, the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, will celebrate with a special performance of his comedy Twelfth Night in the Shakespeare Garden. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. There will be food as well as drink for purchase and a piece of cake is free for ticketholders. Preshow entertainment will also be provided. The special outdoor performance will take place at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets for this special event are $30 for adults and $15 for young people 16 and under. They can be obtained by calling 800.841.4273, visiting on line at www.asf.net or at the ASF Box Office. The theatre is located at 1 Festival Drive in the heart of Montgomery's beautiful Blount Cultural Park.
Proceeds will go to support ASF's professional intern company and the company's new touring vehicle.
Twelfth Night follows the comic adventures of a shipwrecked young woman, Viola, who uses the twist of fate to change her identity to that of a young man. But when she falls for a handsome duke and the duke's girlfriend falls for the guy version of Viola, a perfect storm of comical confusion results.
Twelfth Night has toured the state of Alabama as well as stops in Florida, Mississippi and Georgia.
The Alabama Shakespeare Festival is among the largest Shakespeare theatres in the world. Designated as The State Theatre of Alabama, ASF has been located in Montgomery since 1985 when it moved from Anniston as a result of Mr. and Mrs. Wynton M. Blount's gift of a performing arts complex set in the 250-acre Wynton M. Blount Cultural Park. This program/project has been made possible by grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.