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Put a little drama in your travels

"Go travel for a while," Shakespeare wrote in "Pericles, Prince of Tyre." So, take his advice; go travel somewhere and see some Shakespeare
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Meryl Streep, left, grabs Kevin Klein in the Shakespeare in the Park production of “Mother Courage and Her Children” during a dress rehearsal at Central Park's Delacorte Theater in New York earlier this summer.Michal Daniel / AP file
/ Source: The Associated Press

“Go travel for a while,” Shakespeare wrote in “Pericles, Prince of Tyre.” So, take his advice; go travel somewhere and see some Shakespeare.

You can enjoy the Bard's works seemingly anywhere these days, thanks to Shakespeare festivals in cities big and small in almost every state. And most of them have Web sites.

Going to the Grand Ole Opry? Yes, even in the land of country music, “Macbeth” is on the calendar for Aug. 10-Sept. 10 at the — and it's being staged with Chinese choreography. This troupe is in its 19th season.

Or maybe you're heading to New York City for a little summer shopping, sightseeing and the museums. The Public Theater's uses Central Park for its outdoor venue in the heart of Manhattan. “Macbeth” is over for this season, but you can take in the company's “Mother Courage and Her Children” by Bertolt Brecht, Aug. 8-Sept. 3, and keep it in mind for next summer's travels.

There's another Shakespeare in the Park, put on by the which is celebrating its 35th season. Their schedule shows “Much Ado About Nothing” on stage at the Samuell-Grand Amphitheatre and in Addison Circle Park in October.

Looking for a reason to visit the nation's capital? Along with the recently reopened National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Art Museum, you can take in although you'll have to wait until after the first of the year. In this case, it really is a festival, with a wide variety of organizations putting on events in theater, music, dance and film. Participants include the Royal Shakespeare Company, which usually performs in London and Shakespeare's own Stratford-upon-Avon.

Wrong coast? South of the San Francisco Bay area, you could visit where some plays are staged at the Festival Glen, set among redwood trees. “King Lear” is on the menu through August into early September. Across the Bay in Berkeley and Orinda, is presenting “The Merchant of Venice” in August, followed by “As You Like It” through Oct. 15. In the City by the Bay itself and in towns in the surrounding area, check the to see if your travel plans match their schedules.

If you're taking the kids to the Grand Canyon on summer vacation, follow the scenic route from Phoenix through the Mile-High City of Prescott, where you could stop to see the .It's advertising “Julius Caesar” and “Taming of the Shrew” through the middle of August.

Heading north? The in Boise is celebrating its 30th anniversary with plays including “Love's Labor's Lost” and “Romeo and Juliet.” And the presents “The Winter's Tale” from Oct. 26 through Nov. 19.

Or, you could always go to Stratford — no, not that one — for the — and its extensive calendar, including “Much Ado About Nothing,” through Oct. 22.

There are plenty more if you're looking for one to fit your travel plans. The and have links to many of them.