IMPORTANT SUMMER ANNOUNCEMENT FROM QUILL THEATRE & AGECROFT HALL
To Our Valued Richmond Shakespeare Festival Patrons,
The health and safety of our patrons and artists are paramount, so it is with a heavy heart that we must announce the cancellation of the 2020 Richmond Shakespeare Festival. While we are disappointed, we believe that this decision is in the best interests of both our organizations and the community based on the guidance of the CDC and the Virginia Department of Health.
Looking ahead, our spirits are buoyed by the realization that Shakespeare himself survived several outbreaks of the plague in his lifetime. Each time the theaters were shut down, Shakespeare retreated to his desk and penned many of the plays that we know and love today. Plays like King Lear, Macbeth, Antony & Cleopatra, and Coriolanus were all results of the Bard’s quarantined mind. And once the outbreaks had run their course, audiences flocked back to the theater to see his new production. We will use this time similarly to breathe new life into our mission and to plan for a Festival next summer with renewed energy and dynamic entertainment.
In the meantime, Quill is crafting exciting online programming for the fall, and Agecroft has reopened its doors for self-guided tours and new programs, both online and in the gardens. We hope you will take advantage of these new offerings and that you will mark your calendars for the triumphant return of the Richmond Shakespeare Festival in Summer 2021.
We look forward to celebrating the magic of Shakespeare with you one day soon!
James Ricks Anne Kenny-Urban
Artistic Director Executive Director
Quill Theatre Agecroft Hall & Gardens