Summer in Kilgore

Texas Shakespeare Festival

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july, 2022

10jul2:00 pm4:00 pmTexas Shakespeare Festival presents Nell GwynnTexas Shakespeare Festival Presents Nell Gwynn

Event Details

Nell Gwynn
By Jessica Swale

Directed by Sasha Hildebrand

Rising from her roots in the London slums, Nell Gwynn became the seventeenth century’s most celebrated actress by singing and acting her way into the heart of fellow-actor Charles Hart as well as King Charles II. However, her rapid rise to fame comes with its own dangers. With her family and friends at risk, Nell must decide where her future lies….on the stage or in the palace. Commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company and based on the true life of Nell Gwynn, this unbelievable story is not to be missed.


(Sunday) 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Van Cliburn Auditorium

1000-1198 Brook Dr


Texas Shakespeare FestivalIn April 1984, the idea for the Texas Shakespeare Festival at Kilgore College was developed: to establish a professional summer theatre for East Texas based in Kilgore that would be housed in the Van Cliburn Auditorium; to create a company with a name that would have broad appeal to professional theatre artists, employing high caliber actors, designers and directors from throughout the nation; to offer professional actors and theatre students the luxury of working on plays from the world’s storehouse of dramatic literary masterpieces; and to create a regional play about the East Texas oilfield discovery to be produced as a cultural historical memento of our unique and colorful heritage. ​ Two years later, in June 1986, the Texas Shakespeare Festival opened its inaugural season as Kilgore College’s contribution to the Texas Sesquicentennial celebration with performances of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and The Daisy Bradford 3 by Gifford Wingate. Each of the fifteen performances played to capacity houses, and the college assured the community that there would be a second season. ​ The 1987 Festival again performed to sold out houses. In 1988, the Festival added a fourth production and changed to a revolving repertory performance format making it more convenient for patrons to see all of the productions. The 1989 season followed the same repertory format and included three performances of Charlotte’s Web for children, and just as in all three previous years, the attendance grew. In 1993, to answer the need for more performances, the Festival season expanded its performance schedule from three to four 1200 Henderson Boulevard Kilgore, TX 75662

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