“Was ever woman in this humour wooed? Was ever woman in this humour won?” This summer, the Hipp is excited to shake up Shakespeare’s words by filtering them through a female lens.

For the first time ever, the Hippodrome is proud to host the Summer Shakes theatre festival and its adapted, all-female production of Shakespeare’s Richard III. There will be performances on July 24 and 25 at 7 p.m. in the Hipp Basement. Admission is $10.

The festival will emphasize the importance of female acting, directing and producing by reimagining Shakespeare through messages of empowerment and femininity in productions traditionally performed by men. This is the inaugural year for Summer Shakes, and organizers intend to put together summer theatre productions annually.

Support local female artists as they master one of Shakespeare’s most celebrated works as the fierce, boss ladies they are. Tickets can be purchased at the Hippodrome Box Office at (352)375-4477.