North Carolina’s Longest Running Shakespeare Festival

Join Us for Live Shakespeare and Other Great Classics
Completely FREE To Attend
Friday, Saturday and Sunday Evenings at 7:30 pm All Summer Long!

We have a fantastic 2018 season lined up for you (and your friends and your family). The run of plays you’ll enjoy (completely free!) over the months ahead is enough to make any fan of live theater swoon. The nights you spend before the stage lights and under the stars with us will captivate, enchant, and thrill — making this a year you will never forget.

  • The Importance of Being Earnest   (directed by John P. Mendenhall)
    May 4-26, 2018
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream   (directed by Mandy Bean)
    June 1st – 30th
  • Robin Hood   (directed by Michael Lilly)
    July 6th – August 4th
  • James & The Giant Peach   (directed by Art Moore)
    August 10th – September 1st
  • The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark   (directed by Melon Wedick)
    September 7th – 30th
  • A Christmas Carol   (featuring the Montford Moppets)
    The Montford Moppets, our youth theatre division, will be performing an original adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, Dec. 14, 16, 21, 22 & 23 at 7:30 pm at Land of the Sky UCC, 15 Overbrook Pl, Asheville, NC 28805. As always, our productions are free. Tickets are now available on our website. And because seating is limited, advance reservations are highly recommended.
  • NOTE: Although all our productions of A Christmas Carol are SOLD OUT, very often guests holding tickets may not show up, so we’ll start a waiting list at 7:00 pm each night at the box office. Please come anyway and you may get a chance to see this wonderful show!

Be sure to visit us regularly on FACEBOOK so you can spot the show dates and be on the lookout for audition notices! We have an absolutely amazing season of live theater ahead. You’re going to love it!

“Seeing Shakespeare performed live is truly an experience like no other. And the Montford Park Players make live theater an absolute delight. The charm, the humor, the breathtaking excitement and passion of it all — this troupe knows how to leave its audiences utterly captivated, spellbound.” – Sebastian Michaels

“The caliber of a Montford Park Player performance can fool you into thinking these are paid, professional actors and not volunteers. The production team, the actors, the directors and designers and stage managers, all push through the material to find the truth that connects with today’s audience. It’s that dedication that elevates much of what Montford Park Players has accomplished in the past and will continue to achieve in the future.” – Adam Arthur

“There is something special about this long-standing Asheville tradition of free outdoor theater that the Montford Park Players provide. Picnics, bottles of wine, pints of local brews and a setting sun combine for a perfect atmosphere. In the world of local theater, these are the official signs that summer is on its way.” – Mountain Xpress

This project receives support from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Dept of Cultural Resources,
with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, through the Asheville Area Arts Council.