Shakespeare comes to Tippet Rise

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Comedy in the Foothills of the Beartooth Mountains

Tippet Rise Art Center’s third music season ends with an autumn of Shakespeare with a screening of The Merry Wives of Windsor, 6 p.m., Friday, Oct. 12. 

According to Lexy Adams, publications administrator for Tippet Rise, watching the films, which are screened all the way from Shakespeare’s place of birth, Stratford-upon-Avon, in England’s West Midlands, is an extraordinary experience:

“You’re seeing a production beamed in from England - the same production that audiences in London or Stratford-upon-Avon watched, live, just hours or days before. With the filmmakers’ ability to zoom close-up to the actors’ faces, the films are a cinematic take on the theater experience. Yet, because the actors are clearly on a stage, the screenings inspire that wonderful feeling you experience watching a live performance. But not just on any stage watching just any live performance. The actors and directors involved in RSC are among the world’s best.”

Shakespeare’s biting comedy The Merry Wives of Windsor was written in 1602. Though nominally set in the reign of Henry IV, the play makes no pretense to exist outside contemporary Elizabethan era English middleclass life. It features the character Sir John Falstaff, the fat knight who had previously been featured in Henry IV, Part I, and Part II. 

Tickets to the films are $10 per seat (free to those 21 and under, but reservations are required). Montana Shakespeare in the Schools’ Julius Caesar is open to the public and tickets will be available on the website soon. 

Located on a working ranch outside of Fishtail, in Stillwater County, Tippet Rise Art Center is in its third season of hosting concerts by world-renowned musicians and offering tours of its sculptural structures. The center is open June 29, through September 8, on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Reservations are required to visit the art center. Visit for more information.