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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

MONTGOMERY, AL (April 3, 2014) You’re only 450 years old once, so in celebration of William Shakespeare’s landmark birthday, the Alabama Shakespeare Festival will honor the Bard on his big day in a big way with the world premiere of his Timon of Athens on Saturday, April 26 along with a host of associated Bardfest 450 events—many of them free.

Timon of Athens, a controversial Modern English translation of the play set in New York City during the Great Recession, will have its official world premiere opening on Saturday, April 26 at 7:30 p.m. As part of Bardfest 450, ASF will offer tours of its one million brick two-stage complex, entertaining lectures, costume displays in the lobby areas, and an opening night party with cake and champagne. ASF’s Black Swan Bar & Bistro will also be serving food and drink with an Elizabethan touch. Timon of Athens runs April 25 through May 24.

The Bardfest 450 celebration continues into ASF’s repertory season with its “Extreme Weekends” May 16-18 and 23-25. These weekends will allow theatregoers to see Timon of Athens in addition to the return of acclaimed ASF productions of The Great Gatsby, The Taming of the Shrew and Romeo and Juliet. They play on the following dates:

The Great Gatsby: May 18 @ 2 p.m., May 22 @ 7:30 p.m. and May 25 @ 2 p.m.
The Taming of the Shrew: May 16 @ 7:30 p.m., May 23 @ 7:30 p.m. & May 24 @ 7:30 p.m.
Romeo & Juliet: May 18 @ 2 P.M., May 22 @ 7:30 p.m. & May 25 2 p.m.
Timon of Athens: May 17 at 2 p.m. and May 24 @ 2 p.m.

ASF welcomes individuals, groups and travelers from near and far by offering travel packages with Montgomery’s Courtyard by Marriott and the Embassy Suites. Packages that include theatre tickets for two, dinner for two at ASF’s restaurant and overnight accommodations with breakfast start at $222. Groups of 10 or more receive ticket discounts of 10% and larger groups receive larger discounts. For more information on hotel packages or group tickets contact ASF group sales at 334.271.5330.

For those interested in further exploring the beautiful 250-acre Wynton Blount Cultural Park in which the Alabama Shakespeare Festival sits, the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts is open every day except Monday. Admission is free.

For more information on ASF and its Bardfest 450 activities, visit  or contact the box office at 800.841.4273. Box office hours are 12-5 p.m. on non-show days and through curtain on show nights.