THE ARDEN SHAKESPEARE GILD continues a 100-year tradition of community Shakespeare in the historic village of Arden, Delaware. A member organization of the Arden Club, the gild is dedicated to including everyone with an interest in Shakespeare, both as audience and as participant. The gild produces one of Shakespeare’s plays each summer in the open-air Frank Stephens Memorial Theater in Arden. Each winter our members direct a Young Actors Workshop for kids from age 6 through high school. The gild also sponsors lectures, readings and social activities throughout the year.
MONTHLY MEETINGS. The Arden Shakespeare Gild meets in the Gild Hall on the first Wednesday of each month (except June). Our business meeting at 7:30 is followed around 8pm by informal scenes. Newcomers are always welcome. The Gild Hall is located just south of Harvey Road at Orleans Road; our address is 2126 The Highway, Arden, Delaware 19810.
“…the spring, the summer,
The chilling autumn, angry winter, change
Their wonted liveries; and the mazed world
By their increase, now knows not which is which.”
— A Midsummer Night’s Dream
OPENS JUNE 12: 2015 SUMMER PRODUCTION: King Lear directed by Mary Catherine Kelley. Performance dates are June 12-13 at 7:30pm • June 14 at 5pm • June 18-20, 26-27 at 7:30pm.
RESERVATIONS are now open by phone at (302) 475-3126/mailbox #4 or by email: Ardenshakespearetix@gmail.com. See details and ticket prices on the RESERVATIONS PAGE .
Join the fun. Join the CREW. Volunteers are needed for the production staff, including refreshments, parking, help with costumes & props. Please contact Linda Kimmelman at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in helping behind the scenes.
STAGES IN THE ARDENS
There are three stages in Arden, two of which are owned and managed by the Arden Club:
- The Gild Hall Stage is the rain location for Shakespeare Gild productions. It is available for rental as part of upper Gild Hall. Seating for 250 indoors. Details.
- The Moonlight Theater, adjacent to the Gild Hall, is a lovely venue for occasional Shakespeare events, concerts, and weddings. Seating for 100 outdoors in a grass-lined amphitheater. Rental Details.
- The Field Theater is the outdoor site for Shakespeare Gild productions and is available for rental by calling the Village of Arden Secretary at (302) 475-3516. A typical fee for a wedding is $100. CLICK HERE for more detailed information about The Field Theater. The Field Theater was one of the first things “built” in Arden when it was founded in 1900. Even before building their houses, early Arden residents laid out this stage with a huge granite boulder as a backdrop so they could do Shakespeare. The stage and Shakespeare are still very much a part of everyday life in Arden!