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Classical theater joins the urban cityscape of Albuquerque as the City of Albuquerque and The Vortex Theatre present The New Mexico Shakespeare Festival with 15 free evening performances at the NM Veterans Memorial on south Louisiana, beginning June 5.

William Shakespeare's tragedy Hamlet and comedy Twelfth Night will include theatrical lighting and sound during the fully-costumed productions.  The shows begin at 7:30 pm Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

In the well-known tragedy, Hamlet, the ghost of the King of Denmark tells his son Hamlet to avenge his murder by killing the new king, Hamlet's uncle. Hamlet feigns madness, contemplates life and death, and seeks revenge. His uncle, fearing for his life, also devises plots to kill Hamlet. Directed by Peter Shea Kierst, Artistic Director of the Festival. He has been an acclaimed actor, director, and practitioner of theater for many years.

Twelfth Night is a comedy about a cross-dressing, ship-wreck surviving, poetry-loving girl who finds herself at the center of a not-so-average love triangle. Anna Maria Campoy joins us from Seattle to direct this delightful bilingual production, which will be performed in English and Spanish. She has also created bilingual adaptations The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet, and Macbeth.

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  • Sunday, June 28 -

All performances begin at 7:30p.m.