Livermore Shakespeare Festival Blog

June 15, 2012

Traveling Players

By Peggy Riley

The tradition of traveling players is almost as old as theater itself, encompassing performers from the pageant wagons of Medieval Europe to the roving bands and Commedia troupes of Renaissance Italy to the road shows and touring companies of our own time.  And now the traveling players come to Livermore Shakespeare Festival 2012: A troupe arrives at Concannon Vineyard to perform in Hamlet’s play-within-a-play, The Murder of Gonzago; while they’re here, the players present The Merry Wives in the vineyards outside the town surrounding the castle (in our case, the grand Ellen Roe Concannon house).