‘Lo you, here she comes!’; Utah Shakespeare Festival unveils newest statue in character garden

L-R: State Bank of Southern Utah representatives Tyler Brown, director of marketing; board member Linda Wilson; and Eric Schmutz, president and CEO, pose with Lady Macbeth, the newest addition to the Pedersen Shakespeare Character Garden, Cedar City, Utah, Aug. 21, 2018 | Photo courtesy of the Utah Shakespeare Festival, St. George News / Cedar City News

CEDAR CITY — A life-size statue of Lady Macbeth has joined eight other Shakespearean characters at the Utah Shakespeare Festival.

The latest installment in the Pedersen Shakespeare Character Garden – located between the Randall L. Jones and the Engelstad Shakespeare Theatres on the festival grounds – was unveiled Aug. 21.

Sculpted by Stanley J. Watts, the bronze statue captures Lady Macbeth holding a candle and wandering the corridors of the castle, stricken by her role in the murder of King Duncan. A plaque at the base of the statue quotes a gentlewoman who sees the forlorn lady wracked with guilt: “Lo you, here she comes! This is her very guise.”

The statue was made possible by contributions from State Bank of Southern Utah. The unveiling included a short program featuring Utah Shakespeare Festival executive producer Frank Mack and artistic director Brian Vaughn, as well as remarks from festival founder Fred C. Adams and SBSU president and CEO Eric Schmutz. Special presentations were made by Adams and Donn Jersey, Festival development director. Officials from SBSU performed the unveiling.

Other statues in the character garden include William Shakespeare, Juliet, Sir John Falstaff, King Lear, Hamlet, Henry V, Cleopatra and Titania.

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