The 2014 Davis Shakespeare Festival will feature Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” and “She Loves Me,” with the book by Joe Masteroff, music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick.
The festival runs from June 26 to Aug. 3 at the Veterans’ Memorial Theatre, 203 E. 14th St. Performances are 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Previews are June 24-25, with seats for $5.
“Much Ado About Nothing” features the face-off between Shakespeare’s most fiery couple: Benedick and Beatrice. Inspired by California wine country in the 1940s, this version features wine, romance and swing (with a live band).
“She Loves Me,” with music and lyrics by the same team as “Fiddler on the Roof,” follows another unlikely pair falling in love. Amalia and Georg work side by side in a parfumerie and detest one another. They both pine after anonymous pen pals whose identities may not be so secret after all.
Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for students and seniors and $15 for children 12 and under. For more information, visit www.shakespearedavis.org.