Camden Shakespeare Festival will open its season with productions of “The Tempest” and “The Comedy of Errors.” The performances are presented in conjunction with the Camden Public Library, with the support of local businesses and volunteers.

“This year is the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death,” said director Stephen Legawiec, “and in honor of that, we have chosen to present a play from the beginning and end of his career.”

​“The Comedy of Errors,” Shakespeare’s first comedy, delivers non-stop humorous hijinks —madcap comedy, mistaken identity, seduction, slapstick, verbal sparring, vaudeville, two sets of twins and a family reunion beyond belief. This production is being presented indoors, at High Mountain Hall, Friday through Sunday, July 29 through 31; and Aug. 3, 6, 11 and 12. All performances begin at 7 p.m.

“The Tempest” is generally regarded as the Bard’s last play he authored by himself, and it offers his reflections upon the power of theater itself. This production will feature an abundance of song, as well as genuine illusions designed by a professional magician. “The Tempest” is being presented outdoors in the Camden Amphitheatre.​ Performances will be Tuesday through Thursday, July 26 through 28; and Aug. 4, 5, 7, 10, 13 and 14. All performances start at 6 p.m.

Tickets for both shows are available at; by calling 464-0008; or at the performance space one hour prior to each show, depending on availability. Regular ticket princes are $25; $20 for senior citizens and students; and $5 for children younger than 5.

Note: Advance tickets are on sale for a reduced price at Zoot Coffee, 31 Elm St. Tickets must be purchased in person at this location by Monday, July 25, to receive the special presale price.

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