Madeline Calais from the cast of A Midsummer Night's Dream

One of Shakespeare’s most popular plays is coming to Longwood this month for a free performance open to the public as part of the university’s longstanding relationship with the American Shakespeare Center.

The touring cast will perform A Midsummer Night’s Dream—one of the bard’s most raucous and beloved plays—on Sept. 19 in Jarman Auditorium. The show is free and open to the public, and will begin at 7 p.m. with a special pre-show at 6:30.

This is the seventh year the ASC has presented a free performance at Longwood. Some of Shakespeare’s most beloved plays have been performed by the troupe, including Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet and Taming of the Shrew.

The Staunton-based company is known for a unique performance style that blends traditional stagecraft with modern sensibility. Shakespeare-era staging conditions include universal lighting, minimal sets, doubling, cross-gender casting and music.

The ASC’s mission is to recover the joys and accessibility of Shakespeare’s theater, language and humanity by exploring the English Renaissance stage and its practices through performance and education. The company’s plays have been called “shamelessly entertaining” and “bursting with energy.”

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