To be, or not to be…
at the Shakespeare Festival!
Do you remember back in English class where you had to read over and interpret the work of Shakespeare? Some may say that was a bit of snooze fest. Shakespeare’s work is meant to be SEEN not read, and there’s a whole festival dedicated to the Bard himself to get you inspired by his work. William Shakespeare can be considered a literary genius. The language is rich, the characters are complex and many of his basic themes – love, treachery, honor, bravery and political intrigue – still resonate today
The Shakespeare Festival
Take a trip back to the Renaissance period and join Cedar City for the annual Shakespeare festival! With their 2017 season, this Tony-award winning Utah Shakespeare Festival celebrates its 56th year. The season includes nine productions running June 29 – October 21. With 97,000 copies of the playbill to be distributed to patrons at over 200 performances. It is one of the oldest and largest Shakespearean festivals in North America!
Held in Cedar City, Utah, a community of approximately 28,000 people in addition to being within a day’s drive of seven national parks and numerous national and state forests, monuments, and recreation areas. Via Interstate-15, it is two and a half hours northeast of Las Vegas, Nevada and three and a half hours south of Salt Lake City, Utah.
The Festival is located on and around the Southern Utah University campus.
Plays are staged in the Engelstad Theater, Anes Theater, or the Randall L. Jones Theater, which are all close to one another. Engelstad Theater has no roof, so patrons see Shakespeare under the stars as theater-goers in Shakespeare’s time would have done. Randall Theater is an elegant indoor theater where most of the contemporary productions are staged. Both theaters have about 800 seats and are intimate enough that nearly all the seats are good. With 9 different plays to choose from, let us know which was your favorite!
If you can’t manage to snag a ticket to one of the shows, feel free to stop by the Green Show!
The Green Show is held before the plays every evening at a small stage at the Ashton Family Greenshow Commons. Three different shows are presented on alternating nights, themed to Laughter, Love, and Adventure. A bit of song, a bit of magic, and a lot of fun as our performers invite you to sit back, relax, and let the world transform around you.
The Greenshow is free. Each night, young performers entertain patrons with high-energy Shakespearean-era songs, dances and comedy. Bring cash if you would like to purchase a tart, beverage, or other treat from a wandering vendor in period clothing. The berry tarts and buttery Humbug hard candies are crowd facorites. Beginning at 7:00 pm Monday through Saturday from June 29 – September 9, its popularity attracts both tourists and locals, so go early if you want a good seat on the lawn and bring a blanket or cushion if you want to sit on something other than grass.
Tours & Seminars
Backstage Tour is an opportunity to step behind the scenes to learn the inner workings of the Festival and visit various production areas, including costume, makeup, and scene shops. Patrons can also attend one the Literary Seminars and participate in lively give-and-take discussion between the play directors and audience members (sometimes actors will be present). Participants are encouraged to voice honest reactions to various aspects of the play. Seminars take place in the Seminar Grove, Tuesday through Sunday.
Curtain Call lunches give visitors a chance to enjoy a delicious meal and intimate discussion with a Festival actor or other artist. Get up close and personal while listening to an actor, designer, director or other Festival luminary over lunch. Learn what goes into the production of a play from those close to the process – and ask questions you have being dying to ask. Curtain Call lunches are at 12 noon each Friday in July and August. Tickets can be purchased prior to lunch.
Getting Around : festival grounds
Free parking is available near all of the theaters. You may also park on the northwest corner of 300 West and Center Street- festival guests may park there without a permit.
1- Festival Ticket Office
2- Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre
3- Randall L. Jones Theatre
4- Eileen and Allen Anes Studio Theatre
5- Southern Utah Museum of Art
6- Balcony Bards Seminar Grove
7- Ashton Family Greenshow and Commons
8- Festival Administration Offices
9- Festival Child Care
10- Gift Shop
Come One, Come All!
You will find something for everyone – comedy, drama, musicals, an outdoor pre-performance of dancing, and music appropriate to the theme. Each year the performances get better, the costumes, sets, and acting are all are top-notch! Rival to Broadway, the setting is charming, and you don’t having to pay outrageous prices for tickets and lodging.
Whether you are a die hard William Shakespeare fan or building your appreciation of theater and the arts, come see why people are saying this festival is a can’t miss event!
Utah Shakespeare Festival presents life-affirming classic and contemporary plays in repertory, with Shakespeare as our cornerstone. These plays are enhanced by interactive festival experiences which entertain, enrich, and educate.
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Prices range from $26 to $70 per ticket. Tickets for popular shows will usually sell out and it is recommended to buy tickets in advance. However, if you are in the area and do not already have tickets a worthwhile option is to check the box office for availability up until the play begins. There are typically four plays performed each day – two matinees and two evening performances – so there is a good chance of getting tickets to one of them.
Without Further Ado…
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