Camden Shakespeare Festival’s 2017 season opens Wednesday, July 26, with “Romeo and Juliet”; and Sunday, July 30, with “Much Ado About Nothing.” The performances are presented in conjunction with the Camden Public Library, with the support of local businesses and volunteers.

​“Romeo and Juliet” is given a contemporary, exciting production as the ultimate young lovers try to love in the midst of a world of hate. The play, presented in the Camden Amphitheatre — with the exception of Saturday, July 29, in the parish hall of St. Thomas Episcopal Church — is the perfect way to spend a summer night. Shows start at 6 p.m.

“Much Ado About Nothing” is set at the end of the First World War — the war may be over, but the battle of the sexes is just beginning. Romance, insults and mistaken identity are all part of Shakespeare’ most scintillating comedy, presented at High Mountain Hall. Shows start at 7 p.m.

“Romeo and Juliet” performances dates are Wednesday through Friday, July 26 through 28; and Aug. 3, 4, 6, 9, 12 and 13. “Much Ado About Nothing” performances dates are Sunday, July 30; and Aug. 1, 2, 5, 10 and 11. Opening nights are pay-what-you-can. Prior to July 26, discounted tickets can be purchased at Zoot Coffee, 31 Elm St./Route 1.

Regular tickets for both shows are $25; $20 for senior citizens, students; and $5 younger than 5. For advance tickets, call 464-0008; visit brownpapertickets.com; or stop by Zoot Coffee. They also are sold on-site an hour before show, as available. For more information, visit camdenshakespeare.org. Media sponsor is The Camden Herald/VillageSoup.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.