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 44th Anniversary outdoor season of free theatre!

Here’s a special “heads up” for our fans – our 2016  season will include:

May 13 – 28: The Asheville Shakesperience – the Best of Shakespeare at the Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre
June 3 – July 2: Much Ado About Nothing
July 8 – 30: Titus Andronicus
August 5 – 27: Measure for Measure
September 2 – 24: Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen – adapted for the stage by Gregory Roberts-Gassler.
October 28 – Nov. 12: Julius Caesar at the Masonic Temple
December 8 – 23: A Christmas Carol

We’re pleased to tell you that, beginning this season, 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 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