Shakespeare Tavern Presents Pericles: Prince of Tyre

Matt Felten, Mary Russell, Drew Reeves. Photo by Jeff Watkins

Matt Felten, Mary Russell, Drew Reeves.
Photo by Jeff Watkins

The Atlanta Shakespeare Company at The New American Shakespeare Tavern presents Pericles: Prince of Tyre.

Pericles, Prince of Tyre

$15 General Admission Preview September 11 $20 General Admission Preview September 12
Performances September 13-October 5, 2014
Directed by Jeff Watkins
Featuring Award-winning American Storyteller Andy Offutt Irwin as Gower (Chorus)

A dark and troubling riddle starts the heroic adventure of one man’s lifetime, a story of love gained, lost and gained again. Shakespeare woos us with his most epic theatrical journey. Join us as we follow the noble Pericles over continents and decades, goddesses and pirates, jousts and tempests.

Join the cast and crew members for a lively Question and Answer session on Sunday September 21 after the show! A part of The Shakespeare Evolution Series: The Romances


Young Pericles, Mytilene Sailor – Matt Felten
Old Pericles, Antiochus, 2nd Fisherman, 2nd Knight, 1st Sailor – Drew Reeves*
Gower, 1st Fisherman, 1st Pirate, 4th Knight, Tyrian Sailor – Andy Offut Irwin
Marina, Servant, 1st Knight’s Page, 3rd Knight’s Page, 5th Knight’s Page – Hayley Platt
Thaisa – Mary Russell
Thaliard, Simonides, 2nd Gentleman, Leonine, 1st Servant, Ephesian – J. Tony Brown*
Helecanus, 1st Gentleman, Bolt, S Lord – Andrew Houchins*
5th Knight, Escanes, 1st Gentleman, 2nd Servant, Ephesian – Chris Shulz
Dionyza, Virgin – Kati Grace Brown
Cleon, Antioch Lord 2, Storm-beaten Man, 3rd Fisherman, 3rdKnight – Troy Willis*
1st Knight, Cerimon, Antoch Lord 1, Cleon follower 1, Pander, and 2nd Sailor – Nick Faircloth
Lychordia, 4th Knight’s Page, Bawd – Mary Ruth Ralston
P 1st Lord, S Lord 3/Marshall, 2nd Gentleman, 3rd Pirate – Stephen Ruffin
P 2nd Lord, S Lord 2, 3rd Sailor, Philemon, Lysimachus – Kevin Roost
Messenger, Cleon Follower 2, 2nd Knight, 4th Sailor, 1st Pirate, Mytilene Sailor – Trey York
Antiochus’ Daughter, Cleon’s Lord, 2nd Knight’s Page, Young Lady, Diana – Miranda Wilson

Synopsis Synopsis for Pericles, Prince of Tyre

John Gower, the mediaeval poet, acts as Chorus throughout. His Confessio Amantis (1385-93), in which he retells the story of Apollonius of Tyre, was one of Shakespeare’s main sources.

Pericles solves the riddle propounded by Antiochus, King of Antioch, to his daughter’s suitors. The answer, which no one has found (death is the penalty of failure), is that father and daughter have had an incestuous relationship. When Pericles shows that he knows the meaning and Antiochus is suspiciously hospitable, the young Prince realizes that he must escape; back in Tyre he leaves Helicanus to govern in his absence and sets off for Tarsus where he relieves the famine-stricken city.

Still pursued by a minion of Antiochus, he puts again to sea, only to be wrecked on the shores of Pentapolis; there the King is celebrating with a tournament the birthday of his daughter Thaisa. Pericles wins, and he and Thaisa are betrothed. They expect ultimately to go to Tyre (where Pericles will now be safe), but in the great sea-storm Thaisa, after giving birth to a daughter, Marina, is thought to be dead and is thrown overboard in a waterproof chest, with a letter. When it comes to land in Ephesus the noble Cerimon revives Thaisa who, believing herself to be the only survivor, becomes a priestess of Diana’s temple. Pericles, meantime, returns to Tyre, entrusting the infant Marina to the care of Cleon, Governor of Tarsus and his wife Dionyza.

Some 14 years pass. Pericles is in Tyre; Marina has grown up in Tarsus. Dionyza, jealous of a girl who overshadows her own daughter, is about to have her murdered when pirates kidnap Marina and take her to a brothel in Mytilene. When Dionyza and Cleon tell Pericles his daughter is dead, he vows (says Gower) “Never to wash his face or cut his hairs.” In Mytilene Marina, whose purity bewilders her employers and startles the Governor, Lysimachus, manages to leave the brothel and work in an “honest house.” Pericles, in utter dejection, chances to visit the city; Lysimachus sends for Marina to comfort the stranger, and there, in his anchored ship, Pericles realizes that this is his daughter. In a dream Diana urges him to go to her temple at Ephesus, where presently he relates his tale to the priestess. She is Thaisa; and all griefs are over. Marina and Lysimachus (to whom she is now betrothed) will rule in Tyre, and Pericles and Thaisa spend the rest of their lives in Pentapolis.

-The Pocket Companion to Shakespeare’s Plays by J C Trewin

Performance days & times: Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM, and Sundays at 6:30 PM.

Ticket Prices: Seating areas: Main Floor Seats, Box Seats (on floor) and Balcony Seats

Regular Ticket Prices:

Thurs night:

All regular (non-preview) Thursday shows are $20 for adults and $15 for students

Friday night

Main: $32

Box: $26

Balcony: $22


Saturday night

Main: $36

Box: $30

Balcony: $24


Sunday night:

Main: $28

Box: $22

Balcony: $15

An 8% sales tax is added on top of all purchases made at The Shakespeare Tavern.

Discount Ticket Options: $15 for Previews (unless otherwise noted);.

Student/Educator prices: $5 off per price level per night except in the Balcony on Thursdays.

Not valid on Saturday nights.

$14 for 10am matinees.

$3 off for Military, Seniors, Groups of 10 or more, except in the Balcony on Thursdays. Promotional discount offers are not valid closing weekend of a performance.

Purchase Tickets Online for most performances at

For information on:

The Shakespeare Club Program and Flex Pass: call or email The Tavern Box Office at 404.874.5299 or or visit our website at

Education Programs and Workshops: call or email Laura Cole, Education Director at 404-874-5299, X58 or

Volunteer Opportunities: call or email Suzanne Mercer, Volunteer Coordinator at 404-874-5299, X59 or

Accessibility and The Shakespeare Tavern: The Shakespeare Tavern is handicapped accessible. Please let the box office know if you have any special needs that we should be aware of in order to make your Shakespeare Tavern experience the very best we can. Our handicapped entrance ramp/parking is located directly behind our building. Once you turn onto Renaissance Parkway from Peachtree Street, you will turn right onto Courtland Street. The Tavern’s back entrance will be immediately on your right once you clear the building on the corner and the traffic poles. The turn comes up quickly, so please drive slowly. Handicapped parking is directly in front of the ramp, behind our building.

Location: The New American Shakespeare Tavern is located at 499 Peachtree Street, NE, just four blocks south of The Fox Theater and directly across the street from Emory University Hospital Midtown.

Parking: In the evening, we recommend parking in the Emory University Hospital Midtown Parking Deck located directly across the street from the front doors of The Shakespeare Tavern on Peachtree Street. Regular parking price is $5.

DO NOT park on Pine Street or in the empty parking lots on Pine Street. Your car might be booted if you park in these lots.

Food and Beverage Service: The Tavern opens one hour and fifteen minutes before the performance for food and beverage service. Chef for a Night provides a British-pub-style menu for dinner. The Tavern has a beer, wine, coffee, tea, and soft drink bar that serves Bass and Guinness on tap.

Seating and Box Office: Seating is done on a “first come, first served” basis within each designated section. Table seating is limited however all seats can accommodate food and beverages. For reservations or more information, call or email The Tavern Box Office at 404.874.5299 or or order tickets on-line at

The Shakespeare Tavern is a registered 501 ( C ) 3 non-profit organization and is a member of The Actor’s Equity Association, the professional union of actors and stage managers.

Comments are closed.