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Alabama Shakespeare Festival 2019-2020

One of the world's largest festivals dedicated to the "Bard of Avon"

One of top 10 largest Shakespeare festivals on the planet based on attendance, Alabama Shakespeare Festival runs from September to early May at Carolyn Blount Theatre in Montgomery, Alabama. The festival offers about ten productions every year, including plays of William Shakespeare alongside other classical or modern playwrights.

Producing Artistic Director of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Geoffrey Sherman, reading Shakespeare's Sonnet 71 "No longer mourn for me when I am dead" on the 447th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth. The event was held in the Shakespare Garden at the ASF 2019
Producing Artistic Director of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Geoffrey Sherman, reading Shakespeare's Sonnet 71 "No longer mourn for me when I am dead" on the 447th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth. The event was held in the Shakespare Garden at the ASF

Sometimes the festival takes on plays by Southern authors. It attracts over 300,000 attendees from over 60 countries every year. Thanks to ASF's revolving repertory season, attendees can see several plays over one weekend.

Alabama Shakespeare Festival presents over 400 performances each season. It also provides education programs to over a million students. The festival holds the largest professional theatre troupe in Alabama. Alabama Shakespeare Festival was first held in a high school auditorium in Anniston in 1972. Due to its success and innovative approach, in 1987 the ASF moved to a new magnificent performing arts center in Montgomery—Carolyn Blount Theatre—that hosts of the 792-seat Festival Stage and the 225-seat Octagon Theatre with rehearsal halls and administrative offices.

Carolyn Blount Theatre 2019
Carolyn Blount Theatre

Alabama Shakespeare Festival contributes greatly to a local economy, being responsible for about 1,000 jobs in the area. ASF actors, directors, and designers are professionals from Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles. Each play involves artisans to create handmade costumes and decorations that adds an artistic value to the Festival.