"You shall be welcome."
—Love's Labour's Lost
If this is your first time visiting the Utah Shakespeare Festival, welcome! We hope this guide will answer your basic questions.
The Utah Shakespeare Festival is a Tony Award-winning, professional theatre located on the campus of Southern Utah University that presents Shakespeare and plays from other playwrights every June through October in three theatres. Beginning in the 2016 Season, we will be in our new location, the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts.
- The Englestad Shakespeare Theatre (NEW!) is an outdoor replica of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre.
- The Randall L. Jones Theatre is an indoor modern theatre.
- The Eileen and Allen Anes Studio Theatre is an indoor modern black box theatre.
Tickets are available by phone (435-586-7878 or 800-PLAYTIX), online here, or at our new centralized ticket office located at the Eileen and Allen Anes Studio Theatre.
There is so much happening at and around the Festival and you won't want to miss a thing. Check out these sample itineraries for schedule help and ideas.
We open six plays in six days and rotate them during the summer so that you can see all six in just three days. They won't always play on the same day of the week, so refer to our calendar for dates and times.
The Festival makes various discounts available for seniors, AAA members, schools, and groups. For information, call the ticket office. Discounts are not available online.
Children must be six years of age or older in order to attend Festival performances, but children of all ages love to see The Greenshow. Professional childcare is available during all Festival performances. The cost is $20 per child, and reservations may be made when you purchase your tickets.
Each play page of the website contains additional information about the play, including articles, photos, and study guides, to help you make an educated decision.
Free parking is available near all the Festival theatres. Festival guests can park free in designated Southern Utah University parking lots. (See map.)
Weather does affect you in the outdoor Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre, please try to dress appropriately. Performances will continue during inclement weather, possibly after short delays. We will make every effort to complete the performance, even if it is raining. Umbrellas are not allowed, but rain ponchos are appropriate. If a performance is cancelled before intermission, a credit will be issued to all guests in attendance at that performance. The Festival will not issue credits if the show is canceled after intermission.
There is no dress code. Many choose to wear casual attire. Consider wearing layers in anticipation of the weather in the outdoor Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre. Also, the air conditioner of the Randall L. Jones Theatre could cause you to want a sweater.
Seating assignments are valid only until the performance begins. Latecomers will be seated only during an appropriate break in the play's action, in available seats, as determined by management. Assigned seats will be accessible at intermission.
We welcome non-disruptive food and non-alcoholic beverages in the Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre. In the Randall L. Jones and Anes theatres, only bottled water is permitted. We offer concessions in all theatre lobbies before the play and during intermission, but they must be consumed outside the theatre proper.
Tickets may be reprinted at any ticket office with proof of identification. However, please arrive early at our ticket office in the Eileen and Allen Anes Studio Theatre to facilitate this process.
The Festival provides two activities where you can meet the actors.
Actor Seminar: Meet the Festival actors and ask questions about their roles, careers, and experiences. Information is available here.
Curtain Call Luncheons: Presented by the Guild of the Utah Shakespeare Festival, this activity features lunch and question-and-answers with Festival actors and artists. Information is available here.
Take home lasting souvenirs of your Festival experience by picking up cards, books, souvenir programs, jewelry, clothing, and many other items at the Randall Gift and Gallery in the lobby of the Randall L. Jones Theatre.
All Festival theatres are accessible to persons with disabilities and are equipped with hearing-enhancement headsets, available for no charge in the theatre lobbies. ASL-interpreted, audio-described, and captioned performances are scheduled for each production. Check the calendar for dates. Please inform the Ticket Office when you purchase tickets if you need these services. Other accommodations should be requested at least seven working days prior to attendance.
- All times listed are Mountain Time.
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Top photo: Nikolas Mikkelsen (left) as ensemble, Natasha Harris, Brett Gardner, and Samuel Clein as musicians in The Two Gentlemen of Verona, 2015.