Valley Shakespeare Festival lists shows

Valley Shakespeare Festival (VSF) has announced it will present three new productions this year — the first being Shakespeare’s controversial comedy, “The Merchant of Venice.”

“The Merchant of Venice” will be presented March 7 through 17, Thursdays through Saturdays, at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 1 p.m. All performances will be presented in the Conti Building, 415 Howe Ave., Shelton. Admission is $10 to $35.

VSF’s second production of the season will be the next in its “Shakespeare in the Bar” series, the Bard’s comedy “Two Gentlemen of Verona.” The company will present two performances of the play at Tavern 1757 in Seymour on the evenings of Wednesday, April 24, and Thursday, April 25. Tickets are priced at $15 to $30. Food and drink will be available for purchase.

This year’s free outdoor summer production will be “King Henry VIII.” This incendiary work ignites in Shelton’s Veterans Memorial/Riverwalk Park for four performances on Thursday, July 11, through Sunday, July 14.

Tickets for “The Merchant of Venice” and “Two Gentlemen of Verona” will be available for purchase through the website, www.vsfestival.org, beginning Jan. 21

Valley Shakespeare Festival is a nonprofit small professional theater company based in Shelton and dedicated to bringing free and low-cost theater to the communities of the lower Naugatuck Valley.