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CEDAR CITY — The Utah Shakespeare Festival has announced a new, extended season for 2020. The Tony Award-winning theater company will be producing nine plays from June 1 to Oct. 10, a season that is three weeks longer than this year. It is the longest season the festival has ever produced.
“It’s a season of love, laughter, romance, and revenge,” Brian Vaughn, artistic director for the festival, said in a press release. “Complete with identical twins, singing cowboys, dancing pirates, charming villains, and inspiring women, each of these plays celebrate the glory of life, the magnitude of love, and the laughter that lives in us all.”
As usual the plays will be performed in three world-class theaters, with a wide variety of musicals; Shakespeare comedies, tragedies and histories; and classic and modern theater.
“The Festival is breaking new ground by producing in June,” said Frank Mack, executive producer. “Changes to the calendar at Southern Utah University enable the Festival to fulfill a long-held ambition to start producing plays earlier in the summer than our traditional late June/early July start. This not only opens new programming opportunities, but provides audiences a chance to visit the Festival as early as June 1.”
The 2020 season will start with two shows running in rotating repertory in the Eileen and Allen Anes Studio Theatre: a musical and a Shakespeare play. A third production will be added to the Anes Theatre in August.
“Cymbeline,” William Shakespeare’s fantastical romance, will open the season on June 1 and run through Oct. 10. A wicked stepmother, a banished soulmate, villains, ghosts, long-lost princes and a lion-hearted heroine are all a part of this mythic tale based on the legends of ancient Celts and chock-full of deception, intrigue, innocence and jealousy.