From our Managing Director

JohnRussell006a-smOn behalf of the board of directors and the members of The Montford Park Players, I want to welcome you to our 45th Anniversary season of free theatre!

Here’s a special “heads up” for our fans – our 2017  season will include:

March 10 – 26: The Merchant of Venice at the BeBe Theatre, 20 Commerce Street in downtown Asheville

Summer Season at the Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre:
May 12 – 27 – Timon of Athens
June 2 – July 1 – The Taming of the Shrew
July 7 – 29 – Troilus and Cressida
August 4 – Sept. 2 –  Peter Pan, by J. M. Barrie
Sept. 8 – 23 – Complete Works of Wm. Shakespeare (abridged)
Nov. 2 – 19 – Othello ( a collaborative project with Different Strokes Performing Arts Collective) at the BeBe Theatre
December 2 – 17 – A Christmas Carol and A Day with Dickens at the Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre

We’re pleased to tell you that, continuing a policy set by our board in 2016, ALL of our shows, both outdoor and indoor, will be FREE!  We want everyone to have the opportunity to experience great theatre, and having a set ticket price can detract from the experience.  So, reserve a free ticket, and “Pay What You Think We’re Worth!” – all the time!

In 1997, our 25th season, the City of Asheville christened our permanent home the “Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre,” in honor of our late founder. Now we’re in the midst of a capital campaign to upgrade our amphitheatre for the 21st century.  We now, more than ever, need your support! You may make a designated gift by check or credit card, or online at Please see the display at the concessions area for a look at a display of our upgraded campus facilities and purchase an engraved brick for the Amphitheatre entrance!  While we are still going through the permitting process, we anticipate that the first phase of construction will be happening this summer, although we promise to keep our construction dust to a minimum.  We want you to fully enjoy your experience with us!  Bring a picnic and your favorite beverage, or purchase food, wine and local beer from our tavern and concessionaires.  Feel free to bring your four-legged companion – we are one of the most dog-friendly spots in Asheville and there will be treats for all our canine friends from Three Dog Bakery!

We are most grateful to our donors, who have contributed at many levels of sponsorship, to our advertisers, who stuck with us in a difficult economic climate, and to you, our faithful audience, without whom we could not exist. Here’s an opportunity to add YOUR name to our long list of donors and to patronize our advertisers as well!

Now sit back, relax, and be ready to laugh, to cry, and to be entertained as the curtain rises on another great production by The Montford Park Players, North Carolina’s Longest Running Shakespeare Festival.

John Russell

Managing Director