It was The Bard of Avon’s birthday, and the perfect opportunity for Halifax’s Shakespeare by the Sea to unveil details about its 2008 summer theatre season.

“We were going to have a cake, but the fire marshal wouldn’t let us put 444 candles on the cake,” said artistic director Elizabeth Murphy as she welcomed a small group of supporters to yesterday’s launch.

For its 14th season, the Point Pleasant Park-based company is performing two of Shakespeare’s popular works; A Midsummer Night’s Dream starting on July 10, and Othello beginning Aug. 1.

The playbill will also feature a production of Cinderelly: The Wild West Fairy Tale Musical — a country and western version of the glass slipper story. It will kick-off the season on July 1.

Also announced yesterday were a number of improvements to the outdoor theatre site at Cambridge Battery. This includes 200 new chairs and 800 square feet of sun canopy.

“We find during the matinee shows, people get too hot, so people will be able to sit in the shade instead of the sun, where they sweat to death and go crazy,” she said.

For more information on the season and ticket prices, visit

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