Shakespeare Festival Presents ‘Love’s Labour’s Lost,’ ‘Romeo & Juliet’

With summer just around the corner and the weather quickly warming up, that means more opportunities to get outside and experience new things. The New Mexico Shakespeare Festival is kicking off June 7th with 15 free evening performances at the New Mexico Veteran’s Memorial.



2018 Shakespeare on the Plaza


One of the most influential playwrights in history, William Shakespeare’s plays are still performed to this day around the world. The City of Albuquerque has been part of this tradition in association with the Vortex Theater, and will be moving this year’s professional-caliber performances from Civic Plaza to the New Mexico Veteran’s Memorial Park. The move brings classical theater to a beautiful outdoor setting with plenty of free of parking and a covered canopy with green lawns.



2018 Shakespeare on the Plaza


The two plays featured are the classics “Love’s Labor Lost” and “Romeo and Juliet.”

Love’s Labour’s Lost, directed by Shepard Sobel, follows the efforts of the King of Navarre and his lords to woo the Princess of France and her ladies, while under an oath of scholarship and denial of female companionship. Sobel founded The Pearl Theatre Company, a professional resident acting company that produced a classical repertory in New York City. As artistic director from 1984 through 2009, he was responsible for the nature and quality of all performances and programs.

Shakespeare’s most highly recognized tragedy, Romeo & Juliet, focuses on young lovers who cannot surmount their family’s long-time enmity. Directed by Peter Shea Kierst, Artistic Director of the Festival. He has been an acclaimed actor, director, and practitioner of theater for many year


So what’s unique about the festival moving to the New Mexico Veteran’s Memorial? “I hear all the time that the NM Veterans Memorial is Albuquerque’s “Best Kept Secret” – we don’t want it to be a secret! We are working a number of programs to familiarize the community and state with the Memorial – having the festival at the Memorial will bring about 3,000 folks to the park who might not have ever come…you simply cannot pay for advertising like that!” says Bernie Lambe, president of the NM Veteran’s Memorial Foundation.


All shows start at 7:30pm. Find more information here.

Friday, June 7 – Romeo & Juliet
Saturday, June 8 – Love’s Labour’s Lost
Sunday, June 9 – Romeo & Juliet

Thursday, June 13 – Romeo & Juliet
Friday, June 14 – Love’s Labour’s Lost
Saturday, June 15 – Romeo & Juliet
Sunday, June 16 – Love’s Labour’s Lost

Thursday, June 20 – Love’s Labour’s Lost
Friday, June 21 – Romeo & Juliet
Saturday, June 22 – Love’s Labour’s Lost
Sunday, June 23 – Romeo & Juliet

Thursday, June 27 – Romeo & Juliet
Friday, June 28 – Love’s Labour’s Lost
Saturday, June 29 – Romeo & Juliet
Sunday, June 30 – Love’s Labour’s Lost

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