Critic's Choice

Critic's Choice

September 08, 2006|By J. Wynn Rousuck

Shakespeare in Washington

Move over, Stratford-Upon-Avon, England. Make way, Stratford, Ontario. Washington will be the international Shakespeare hub for the first six months of 2007. That's when the city hosts "Shakespeare in Washington," a multidisciplinary festival featuring plays, films, operas, concerts and exhibits by almost 50 organizations ranging from Russia's Kirov Ballet to New York's Tiny Ninja Theater and Washington's National Building Museum.

Among the theatrical highlights will be: King Lear (Jan. 11-Feb. 18) at the Folger Theatre, co-produced with the Classical Theatre of Harlem and starring native Baltimorean Andre de Shields; Titus Andronicus (April 3-May 20), the Shakespeare Theatre's first-ever staging of the early tragedy; and Coriolanus (April 14-May 6), the final production in the Royal Shakespeare Company's five-year residency at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Shakespeare in Washington runs January through June at venues around Washington. Information: kennedy-center.org/programs/festivals/06 -07/shakespeare/.

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