WINONA, Minn. – The run-up to the 17th Great River Shakespeare Festival has been cancelled. Too many of the cast and crew have contracted CoVid, the festival said in a message to patrons. As a result, these initial performances have been cancelled:

> “Twelfth Night”: Saturday, June 18 and Wednesday, June 22.

> “The African Company Presents Richard III”:  Sunday, June 19.

Rain checks or refunds would be arranged for ticket-holders. Earlier the festival cancelled the whole run of “Taming of the Shrew” because of artistic disagreements.

Earlier: Staging tiff explodes: Shakespeare’s “Taming” scuttled

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The Great River Shakespeare Festival has been a valued fixture in Winona arts since 2004. An exception was 2020 when the festival was furloughed because of the CoVid pandemic.