Arts at the Palace, Hamilton, has announced the line up for a Shakespeare-filled July, as the world celebrates his genius during the 400th anniversary year of his death.

On Friday, July 8 at 7 p.m., The Redhouse from Syracuse continues its Shakespeare in the Park tradition with a free, 1 hour, outdoor, family-friendly production of the classic Romeo & Juliet. Six actors armed only with their costume rack and trunk of props perform all the roles in the most famous play of all time. Complete with epic romance, a tragic ending and sword fights!

Beginning July 11th, Walk the Boards Productions will begin a two week intensive workshop exploring Shakespeare and the universality of the themes represented in his work and their relevance to the present day.

Each day, students will work with professional theatre artists Alessandro Trinca and Laura Vivio on specific scenes from a variety of Shakespeare’s classics. They will then be led through the process of writing and performing their own works influenced by these masterpieces with a contemporary and highly individual feel.

The workshop will culminate in a public performance at the Palace Theatre on Saturday, July 23 at 7 p.m. Pre registration is required for the workshop, with a maximum of 16 students accepted. Students must be 13 or older to participate.

Saturday, July 16 will feature a performance at 7 p.m. of Orson Welles/Shylock, a “docu-fantasy” radio play written and directed by Matt Chiorini. Welles, the internationally known actor and director, yearned his entire life for the chance to play one of Shakespeare’s most iconic characters – but it always eluded him. This production will come to the Palace Theatre directly from the Toronto Fringe Festival.

Both Romeo and Juliet and Orson Welles/Shylock are part of the NBT Mainstage Series at Arts at the Palace.

For more information and tickets for the performances on July 16 and 23 or to register for the Summer Shakespeare and Contemporary Acting-Writing Lab, visit Arts at the Palace’s website at www.artsatthepalace.org or call 315.824.1420.