Cymbeline is out and The Turn of the Screw is in for Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s 2010-2011 season. I suspect budget constraints led the theater to put off Cymbeline until the 2011-2012 season: It has the couple of dozen characters common to Shakespeare, and The Turn of the Screw (assuming this is Jeffrey Hatcher’s adaptation) has a cast of two. (Mad Cow produced that adaptation in 1998-99.)
Here’s the theater’s description of what’s going on:
The Orlando Shakespeare Theater has postponed a planned fall production of Cymbeline, until the 2011-12 Season. In its place for 2010 will be a gripping adaptation of Henry James’ classic The Turn of the Screw, a chilling tale of ghosts and governesses! All dates will remain the same as Cymbeline. Subscribers do not have to take any action, as their tickets will simply switch from Cymbeline to The Turn of the Screw.
OST is also changing the previously planned Restoration Sunday night free reading series to Cross-Dressed Shakespeare! This will remain free of charge.
• Julius Caesar – Sep. 26 7pm. All Female cast. A bold new way to look at honor, womanhood, and the pursuit of power.
• 12th Night – Nov. 14 7pm. All Male Cast. Performed as Shakespeare’s plays were originally performed. A man playing a woman disguised as a man loved by a woman loved by another man.
• Romeo and Juliet – Mar. 13, 2011. Senior/Junior Cast. All lovers – 45 and up, all parents – 40 and below. See Shakespeare’s love story through a pair of older eyes, with their children desperately trying to control them.
For Shakespeare’s birthday on Saturday, April 23, 2011 OST will present its 2nd annual Free Shakespeare Movie Night in Loch Haven Park . Also, The Young Company (TYC) will be performing The Tempest this summer on the weekend of July 10 and 11, 2010.