Austin Shakespeare’s free “Macbeth” runs all May

For 32 years, April showers bring Austin free Shakespeare in the park for the month of May.

And so Austin Shakespeare continues the decades-long tradition of presenting a show in Zilker Park.

A new production of “Macbeth” has a modern military look — along with plenty of sword fights, ghosts and eerie aparitions and odd, creepy witches.

The show features two of Austin’s most regarded classical actors: Marc Pouhé reprises his acclaimed 2008 portrayal of Macbeth and Helen Merino stars as Lady Macbeth.

Marc Pouhé and Helen Merino 1 Austin Shakespeare's Macbeth Photo by Bret Brookshire
Marc Pouhé and Helen Merino star in Austin Shakespeare’s “Macbeth.” Photo by Bret Brookshire

Shows are 8 p.m. Thursday-Sunday through May 29.

Picnics are welcome and bring a blanket to sit on. Dogs must be kept on a leash. Glass containers are not allowed and smoking is definitely not allowed in the park.

The Beverly S. Sheffield Zilker Hillside Theatre is directly across the drive from Barton Springs Pool in Zilker Park. Free. Go to austinshakespeare.org for more info.

 

 

Ghostly apparitions in "Macbeth."
Ghostly apparitions in “Macbeth.” Photo by Bret Brookshire.

 

Witches - Hannah Rose Barfoot, Crystal Bird Caviel, Jessica Hughes Austin Shakespeare's Macbeth Photo by Bret Brookshire
Hannah Rose Barfoot, Crystal Bird Caviel and Jessica Hughes play the witches in Austin Shakespeare’s “Macbeth.” Photo by Bret Brookshire

Author: Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin is the arts critic for the Austin American-Statesman. She writes about visual art, theater, dance, music, performance, public art, architecture and just about any combination thereof.

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