First-Timers' Guide

If this is your first time visiting the Utah Shakespeare Festival, welcome! We hope this guide will answer your basic questions.


What is the Utah Shakespeare Festival?

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.

  • The Adams Shakespearean Theatre is an outdoor replica of the Globe Theatre.
  • The Randall L. Jones Theatre is an indoor modern theatre.
  • The Auditorium Theatre is an indoor theatre used mostly for matinees and a rain stage.

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What is the Festival Experience?

Many activities surround the on-stage performances and create a more festive, in-depth experience. These include Backstage Tours, Repertory Magic, and the New American Playwrights Project.

Also, free activities include Actor Seminars, Costume Seminars, Props Seminars, Literary Seminars, Play Orientations, and The Greenshow.

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How do I get tickets?

Tickets are available by phone (435-586-7878 or 800-PLAYTIX), online here, or at the Festival ticket offices located at the Randall L. Jones and Auditorium theatres.

Order tickets onine here.

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How do I plan my day?

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.

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What is "repertory" theatre?

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.

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Are discounts available?

The Festival makes various discounts available for seniors, AAA members, schools, and groups. For information, call the ticket office. Discounts are not available online.

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What about kids?

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.

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How can I know if a play is suitable for me or my child?

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.

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Where can I park?

Free parking is available near all the Festival theatres. Festival guests can park free in Southern Utah University parking lots. (See map.)

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What happens when it rains?

Weather does affect you in the outdoor Adams Theatre, please try to dress appropriately. With a light sprinkle, the show will go on. If the rain gets worse, comparable seating will be provided in the indoor Auditorium Theatre. Please keep your ticket so that guest services personnel can verify your rain stage seat number.

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What should I wear?

There is no dress code. Many choose to wear casual attire. Consider wearing layers in anticipation of the weather in the outdoor Adams Shakespearean Theatre. Also, the air conditioner of the Randall L. Jones Theatre could cause you to want a sweater.

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What happens if I am late?

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.

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Can I take food into the theatre?

We welcome non-disruptive food and non-alcoholic beverages in the Adams Shakespearean Theatre. In the Randall L. Jones and Auditorium theatres, only bottled water is permitted.

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What if I left my tickets at home?

Tickets may be reprinted at any ticket office with proof of identification. However, please arrive early to facilitate this process.

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Can I meet the actors?

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.

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Can I easily find lodging and dining?

Lodging: A number of hotels, motels, bed & breakfasts, and vacation rentals in the area support the Festival. We encourage you to support them in return. (See list.)

Dining: The Festival Sweet Shoppe offers refreshments and complete meals that you can enjoy under the huge tree in the Adams Theatre courtyard. Whet your appetite for the plays at one of the restaurants that support us. (See list.)

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Where can I find Festival souvenirs?

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 or in the Gift Shoppe located near the Adams Shakespearean Theatre.

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How do you accommodate people with special needs?

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.

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Other Facts

  • All times listed are Mountain Time.
  • Cedar City is located in the highest concentration of national parks in the world. For more area attractions, click here.

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