Glitter and be gay: Candide, the musical, comes to D.C.!

The Shakespeare Theatre Company unveiled its line-up for the 2010-2011 season and the highlight, for once, will not be a Shakespeare play! Instead, the most anticipated production will be the musical adaptation of Voltaire’s classic satire Candide. The rarely produced operetta by Leonard Bernstein will become the first musical ever staged in Sidney Harman Hall. It will  be directed by Tony Award winner Mary Zimmerman and will run from November 30 to January 2 at Sidney Harman Hall.

The 2010-2011 season will kick off at the end of the summer on a more traditional note with a revival of the wildly popular Twelfth Night, which will mark the second year of Free For All at Sidney Harman Hall. And I hope I can get in this time! I got so close last year! It will be followed by two more Shakespeare productions: All’s Well That Ends Well (September 7-October 24 at the Lansburgh) and Cymbeline (January 18-March 6 also at the Lansburgh). The last play by Sir William will be The Merchant of Venice (March 8-April 12 at Sidney Harman Hall) which will run in conjunction with the National Gallery of Art‘s exhibit Views of Venice: Canaletto and His Rivals. The exhibit should be worth marking on your calendars already! It’s been making the rounds and will be arriving in D.C. after a stint at London’s The National Gallery. The last two productions of the 2010-2011 season will be Enrico IV (May 17-July 3, 2011 in the Lansburgh) and Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband (June 21-July 24, 2011 in Harman Hall).

Looking forward to the upcoming Shakespeare Theatre Company season? Oui! But there’s still plenty of good stuff to see this year including one more French classic: Corneille’s joyous farce The Liar which opens on April 6th.

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