Shakespeare comes the Keystone Theatre Nov. 21

TOWANDA – The 2013-2014 Nightlife on the Susquehanna Series, Schooltime Youth Series and National Theatre Live Series all will continue in November in the Dunn Center for the Performing Arts at the Keystone Theatre with productions of various plays by William Shakespeare.

The Schooltime Youth Series will kick off the Shakespearean experiences with a performance of “Macbeth” by the National Players at noon Nov. 21.

For an ambitious couple gripped with murderous thoughts, reality proves to be elastic. Witches, floating daggers, moving forests and blood that refuses to wash away – who can tell what is real and what is imagined? Shakespeare’s twisted tale examines the brutal consequences of unchecked ambition. The performance is appropriate for students in grades 5-12, and a study guide for teachers is available online at The performance is open to the public. Curriculum area connections include language arts, music, literature, leadership, social relationships and pressures, communication skills, government (historical) justice and theater arts.

National Players will continue their Shakespeare run in the Dunn Center for the Performing Arts at the Keystone Theatre with the Nightlife on the Susquehanna Series performance of “Comedy of Errors” at 7:30 p.m.

“Comedy of Errors,” the shortest of Shakespeare’s plays, is a raucous tale of mistaken identity and twins separated at birth. Add a second set of twins as their servants, throw them all into the same town for a single day and confusion abounds and hilarity ensues. Directed by Jason King Jones, the ninety-minute slapstick romp is ideal for families and audiences of all ages.

Tickets for “Comedy of Errors” are available at

“Macbeth” will return to the Keystone at 1 p.m. Nov. 23 and 12:30 p.m. Nov. 27 with a broadcast of London’s National Theatre Live. Starring Kenneth Branagh (“My Week With Marilyn,” “Hamlet”) as Macbeth and Alex Kingston (“Doctor Who,” “ER”) as Lady Macbeth. Directed by Rob Ashford and Kenneth Branagh, this electrifying new production of Shakespeare’s darkest and most powerful tragedy unfolds within the walls of an intimate deconsecrated Manchester church.

National Theatre Live is the London National Theatre’s groundbreaking project to broadcast the best of British theatre live from the London stage to cinemas across the United Kingdom and around the world.