Enjoy pictures and slide shows from previous exciting Bards of Birmingham events!
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King Lear - May 2013
Descend into a Neo-Victorian Steampunk universe as an aging king divides his empire between his daughters . . . Manipulation and machinery, clockwork and conniving, madness and murder converge in one of Shakespeare's greatest masterworks.
All's Well That Ends Well - April 2013
Helena loves Bertram, who loves Diana, who doesn't love any man. The Queen is sick, the Countess has a plot, Parolles is whispering nasty insinuations into Bertram's ear, and the Duchess of Florence needs an army. All these circumstances combine to create a situation rife with comedy and intrigue.
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead! - January 2013
An absurdist, existentialist tragicomedy by Tom Stoppard. The play expands upon the exploits of two minor characters from Shakespeare's Hamlet, the courtiers Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. The action of Stoppard's play takes place mainly "in the wings" of Shakespeare's, with brief appearances of major characters from Hamlet who enact fragments of the original's scenes. Between these episodes the two protagonists voice their confusion at the progress of events of which—occurring onstage without them in Hamlet—they have no direct knowledge.
The Importance of Being Earnest - September 2012
The Importance of Being Earnest is a classic comedy of manners in which two flippant young men, in order to impress their respected beloveds, pretend that their names are “Ernest,” which both young ladies believe confers magical qualities on the possessor.
Young actors attended a summer workshop for understanding and performing Shakespearean text.
Prospera the sorceress sees an opportunity to settle the score when fate draws her enemies near the island on which she's been stranded with her daughter, Miranda. Revenge, love at first sight, drunken sailors, and powerful magic all combine to make this play one of Shakespeare's finest!
The year: 2012. The place: The heart of the city. And Richard, a young woman with a lust for power and no moral compass, is plotting a violent rise to power.
RENAISSANCE FEASTE, July 23, 2011
King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn presided over this luxurious 3-course meal, which included live entertainment from the members of the court and young Bards for the 30+ guests in attendance.
In the slideshow below, watch the entire feaste progress, from the massive cooking effort to performance.
SHAKESPEARE'S AS YOU LIKE IT, June 2011
The Bards of Birmingham's Senior Division, which includes actors ages 8-25, performed in this staging of one of Shakespeare's most popular comedies. Young thespians not only learned the Renaissance lines, but also dancing, fencing, stage combat, wrestling, and several songs which were performed live.
Enjoy the slideshow below, which shows some of the highlights of this production!
SHAKESPEARE'S A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, March 2011
Presented by the Bards junior division, which involved young actors between the ages of 6 and 14, this production brought our thespians into a world of wonder and magic as the mischievous fairy Puck entangled four young lovers in a catastrophic confusion of love potions and misplaced affections. Meanwhile, the "rude mechanicals" rehearsed the world's worst play to perform in honor of the Duke's wedding. Enjoy a slideshow of our promotional shots below.
Merry Wives of Windsor, 2010
Presented in Bards of Birmingham's former incarnation as the Cahaba Valley Players, this production of one of Shakespeare's most entertaining comedies featured a slender 16-year-old actor in a fat suit and whiskers as the aging, obese knight Falstaff,and two brilliant teenage girls as the Renaissance housewives who trick him into paying for his sins.
A Midsummer Night's Dream, 2009
This was the Bards' first foray into Shakespeare, as the Cahaba Valley Players. More than half of the cast members had no theater experience whatsoever, let alone in a Shakespeare production.