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Theater: Shakespeare under the stars

Shakespeare Northwest’s “The Two Noble Kinsmen” is July 17-Aug 15 at Rexville-Blackrock Amphitheatre.
Shakespeare Northwest’s “The Two Noble Kinsmen” is July 17-Aug 15 at Rexville-Blackrock Amphitheatre. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

Shakespeare Northwest presents the Skagit River Shakespeare Festival, July 17 through Aug. 15 at Rexville-Blackrock Amphitheatre, located between Conway and La Conner. The natural outdoor theater is perfect for enjoying Shakespeare under the sky.

The 2015 season features “Romeo and Juliet,” directed by Bjorn Whitney, and “The Two Noble Kinsmen,” directed by Trey Hatch.

Shakespeare’s classic love story is reset in an Old West boomtown, where the nearby mine is almost dry and money is scarce. Thus the Montagues and Capulets have gone to war with each other and their children become tragically caught in the crossfire.

“The Two Noble Kinsmen” is the story of two cousins who vie for the affection of the same maiden and hide out from the king who has marked them for death. Throw in some Morris dancing and a baboon and you have a hilarious take on Chaucer’s “A Knight’s Tale” from “The Canterbury Tales.”

Tickets are $12 general, $10 students, $35 families (two adults and two children).

Shakespeare Northwest also presents “Iron Man” on Aug. 1: a full day of the Bard with “The Two Noble Kinsmen” at 1 p.m., “Shakespeare in Wonderland” at 4 p.m. and “Romeo and Juliet” at 7 p.m. The $30 ticket includes all three shows plus an “Iron Man” T-shirt.

Picnics, lawn chairs and blankets are welcome but, sorry, no dogs. Details: shakesnw.org, on Facebook and 206-317-3023.

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