What better place for Shakespeare than Agecroft Hall, a 500-year-old Tudor estate home relocated from England to Richmond in the 1920′s? Richmond Shakespeare brings the Bard’s Antony and Cleopatra to the courtyard until August 1. Performances begin at 8 PM Thursdays through Sundays; gates open at 6:30 Pm in July and the Festival Young Company entertains on the grounds. Box office opens at 7 PM nightly and seating begins at 7:30 PM. Antony and Cleopatra is rated for all audiences with some scenes of violence, treachery and death – along with a few bawdy jokes. Tickets are $13 – $27.
Agecroft Hall, located at 4305 Sulgrave Road, Richmond, Virginia 23221, is worth a visit in its own right. On the rolling banks of the James River stands a remarkable Tudor estate. And by Tudor, it is not simply a reference to an architectural style. This manor house was actually built in Lancashire, England in the late 15th Century. At the end of the 19th century, however, Agecroft fell into disrepair, and in 1925 it was sold at auction. Hearing of this tremendous opportunity, Richmonder Thomas C. Williams, Jr. purchased the structure, and had it dismantled, crated, and shipped across the Atlantic, and then painstakingly reassembled in a Richmond neighborhood known as Windsor Farms. Today, Agecroft Hall stands beautifully re-created, in a setting reminiscent of its original site on Lancashire’s Irwell River.
Choose your room at our historic Fan District bed and breakfast, just a few miles from Agecroft in Richmond’s Windsor Farms neighborhood and check out Shakespeare under the stars.