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Even more Shakespear­e

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“The Playhouse” (see Page 11) isn’t the only place where you can become lost in the world of Shakespear­e this weekend. Here are three places to enjoy the Bard in the great outdoors:

Free Summer Shakespear­e returns to Olney Theatre Center’s Root Family Stage on Friday and Saturday, with a pair of evening performanc­es of “Much Ado About Nothing.” Tickets are pay-what-you-can, with seating on a firstcome, first-served basis beginning 30 minutes before the performanc­e. Bring picnic blankets and chairs, though the theater has bleachers and seats available. The production moves inside in case of rain. (Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., olneytheat­re.org.)

The Prince George’s Shakespear­e in the Parks series wraps up its touring production of “Macbeth” this weekend with free performanc­es at Meadowside Nature Center in Rockville and the Prince George’s Publick Playhouse in Hyattsvill­e. The rollicking, 90-minute adaptation riffs on Martin Scorsese’s film “Gangs of New York.” Sunday’s performanc­e will be inside. (Friday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m. arts.pgparks.com.)

Chesapeake Shakespear­e Company’s summer production­s are staged in the ruins of the 19th-century Patapsco Female Institute in Ellicott City, which provide a dramatic, atmospheri­c setting. The audience watches “Much Ado About Nothing” — reimagined in the French countrysid­e after World War II — from chairs, blankets and picnic tables. (Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 6 p.m. $24-$54; two children age 18 and under admitted free with each adult ticket. chesapeake­shakespear­e.com.)

 ?? ZACHARY GROSS ?? “Much Ado About Nothing” is coming to Olney Theatre’s Root Family Stage on Friday and Saturday.
ZACHARY GROSS “Much Ado About Nothing” is coming to Olney Theatre’s Root Family Stage on Friday and Saturday.

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