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Let's Go to the Movies with the
Heart of America Shakespeare Festival


Every year, ESU members gather together for an ESU Festival Group Night at the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival's production at Southmoreland Park. This year's HASF's production is Shakespeare in Love. This is the theatrical adaptation of the movie starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes, Ben Affleck, Colin Firth and Judy Dench. This delightfully romantic comedy won seven Academy Awards in 1998 including Best Picture, Best Actress, Gwyneth Paltrow; Best Supporting Actress, July Dench and Best Costume Design.

The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival has teamed up with the Alamo Drafthouse Movie Theatre in downtown Kansas City to show this outstanding movie before the Festival's own stage production opens this summer.

On Monday, April 15 the Alamo Drafthouse (for this event, referred to as Alamo House of Draft) and the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival will host a special showing of the movie Shakespeare in Love AND before the feature, the Festival's talented actors will perform an awesome scene from Romeo and Juliet complete with swords, daggers and opulent costumes! Do thyself a favor and grace us with thy presence!

There will be only one showing of this Academy Award-winning masterpiece. It is packed with beautiful people in beautiful costumes doing beautifully dramatic things. Honestly, it's tough to determine what's more stunning in this movie: Gwyneth Paltrow or Gwyneth Paltrow's dresses. The opulence of hotness continues with Joseph Fiennes, Rupert Everett and Colin Firth, whose handsomeness can't be hidden by his villainous character. And what period piece would be complete without Judi Dench, who deserves her Oscar just for successfully wearing that insanely massive royal costume.

All ESU members and friends are invited to attend this one-time showing of Shakespeare in Love. This will be a prelude to the Festival's stage production next summer and a chance to see the movie again. If you haven't seen the movie, you will be in for a real treat. Don't miss this one chance!

What: Shakespeare in Love (the movie) Rated R

Watch the trailer here

Plot: A young Shakespeare, out of ideas and short of cash, meets his ideal woman and is inspired to write one of his most famous plays.

When: Monday, April 15, 2019

Program begins: 7:30 pm

Where: Alamo House of Draft
             1400 Main St., Kansas City, MO

Tickets:$15.00 purchase online here 

Questions? Contact Jeff Schnabel at or (816) 878-1239

Since there is only one showing of this special program, we recommend purchasing your tickets online as soon as possible as this showing will likely sell out.

Watch for our announcement of the date for the ESU Festival Group Night for Heart of America Shakespeare Festival's stage production of Shakespeare in Love coming to Southmoreland Park this summer.


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