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The Montford Park Players

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Address: 92 Gay Street, Asheville, NC 28802
Phone Number: +1 828-254-5146
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Description: North Carolina's longest running Shakespeare Festival, the Montford Park...
North Carolina's longest running Shakespeare Festival, the Montford Park Players presents free classical theatre under the stars all summer long - donations are welcome. The Montford Park Players also presents a ticketed indoor season from October through April at Asheville's historic Masonic Temple downtown.
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What a beautiful evening and made the play Richard III so much better

It was our first ... won't be the last ! ... time - the actors were terrific great for volunteers or unbelievable. The Lead ... Richard III ... HE WAS SUPER ! Fantastic ! SICK... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

It was our first ... won't be the last ! ... time - the actors were terrific great for volunteers or unbelievable. The Lead ... Richard III ... HE WAS SUPER ! Fantastic ! SICK ! carried his part off so well - and the rest of cast were good as well. We met several persons and had a wonderful... More 

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Oak Park, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Outdoor seating, BYO food/wine, very nice staff, beautiful surroundings, Shakespeare under the stars - all good things. It would be great if the performance rated as highly as the effort. We so much wanted to love the production, but it just didn't measure up. The actors made a valiant effort, but the story was difficult to follow (even though I... More 

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John R, General Manager at The Montford Park Players, responded to this review

Rance, I'm truly sorry our production Sunday was not up to our usual standards, or to yours. Our Queen Elizabeth had an emergency appendectomy that day, and, although we had a great substitute, everyone was a little off that night from the pressure of working with an actress unfamiliar with the script. I do hope that you'll give us another... More 

Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

The Monford Park Players re-create several Shakespeare plays each summer, and each is a unique and superb production. This is an amateur group that clearly loves the stage. Each summer show is a free, evening performance in the Hazel Robinson Ampitheater, where the audience comes early to relax in their chairs, enjoy a light dinner with wine, and anticipate passionate... More 

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Tyler, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015 via mobile

I have no idea what Shakepeare plays are about, but watching this group perform them is as funny and entertaining as can be. Plus, the design of the amphitheater is so well planned that you can't help but enjoy a picnic dinner and performance. The players obviously have a tremendous amount of fun putting on these performances and the audience... More 

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san francisco, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Saw the production of Midsummer Nights Dream. What fun!!! The setting is beautiful under the trees in a park. The actors were young and full of energy. It was a hip hop version of the Bard. Sometimes it is tricky to pull off an updated interpretation of Shakespeare, but in this case it all worked. Suggestion: Take a comfortable folding... More 

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John R, General Manager at The Montford Park Players, responded to this review

We're so pleased you enjoyed our performance. Our 43-year mission is to make theatre available, affordable, entertaining and educational for all. More 

Chicago
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159 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

This was just plain, unadulterated fun! What a beautiful, permanent outdoor venue for summer performances with terraced benches into a hillside and plenty of room for chairs, kids, dogs, and coolers. Mid Summer's Night Dream was the perfect choice for a modern adaptation to rap music. I HATE rap music, but I must say, the dialogue was truly matched to... More 

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Watertown, New York, United States
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3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

Went to a show for the first time this past Friday as they did Shakespeare's MidSummer Nights Dream to hip-hop music...IT WAS AWESOME! And a great venue!!!

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

My high school mates helped start this troop 40 years ago. The productions were good then...on a limited budget during a slow time in Asheville. Now that my own home town is hot, I'm happy to say the productions are still excellent...and still free. Their 2011 updated "Julius Ceasar" ,set during modern war in Iraq/Afghanistan was just brilliant. You can... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

Superbly talented, energetic group of actors! This adaptation of Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream is so much fun! Asheville's free Shakespeare theater by The Montford Players is not to be missed!

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Black Mountain, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Treat yourselves to a wonderful night of entertainment. Culture is alive and well in Asheville. The price is right--it's free!! Contributions are appreciated though.

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