Shakespeare To The Masses

The National Endowment for the Arts’ Shakespeare tour is the largest tour of Shakespeare in American history. Since September, seven professional companies have been presenting five plays around the county, and will have been seen by audiences in 100 cities and towns, as well as on 16 military bases. “Later this month, the NEA will announce the addition of 21 professional nonprofit theater companies to the tour as part of Phase II. They will do a range of the Bard’s plays. By the time both phases are complete, at the end of next year, ‘We hope to have introduced 1 million children to Shakespeare’.”