2017 Season Sponsored by The George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation

2017 Plays

Shakespeare in Love

June 30 – September 8, 2017

Romeo and Juliet

July 1 – September 9, 2017

As You Like It

June 29 – September 7, 2017

Guys and Dolls

July 3 – September 1, 2017

A Midsummer Night's Dream

July 4 – October 21, 2017

Treasure Island

July 5 – September 2, 2017

The Tavern

September 19 – October 21, 2017

How to Fight Loneliness

August 25 – October 14, 2017

The Greenshow

June 29 – September 9

Upcoming Events

Diving into How to Fight Loneliness

As we get closer to the world premiere of How to Fight Loneliness, we get more and more excited. This is an opportunity for the Utah Shakespeare Festival to not only bring Neil LaBute, a major voice in American theatre, to the Festival, but to perform a major new work by him for the first time anywhere. In order to dive deeper into LaBute’s words, we sat down with director David Ivers to learn more about this engaging new play.

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The Tavern Set to Open in September

The last play to open this year at the Festival is our own adaptation of George M. Cohan's The Tavern, set in southern Utah. It is a mash-up of local and regional history, romantic melodrama, classic Western fiction and film, the physical comedy of silent film greats like Buster Keaton, with a little bit of Shakespeare's on top. It's a comic ride you won't want to miss.

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Our Next New Play: Pearl's in the House

What is it like to take an idea, research it, create a story with words on a page, then bring that story to life on the stage? It depends a bit on whether you are a playwright or an actor—but for either it is an exhilarating, but long, process. Just ask Art Manke, playwright, and Kim Staunton, actor.

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A Living, Breathing Young Shakespeare

Like many brilliant artists, prior to his greatest success Shakespeare was a twenty-something writer, performer, and entrepreneur, steadily rising to the top yet still struggling to fully harness his genius. Through the creativity and imagination of Shakespeare in Love, audiences have been privileged to witness a living, breathing young Shakespeare that had previously been lost to time. Shakespeare in Love embodies the Bard in those formative years that spawned a creative explosion unprecedented in the history of theatre.

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Q&A with Shakespeare in Love

Creating a stage play from a movie can be fraught with problems, most notably the inclination most of us have of comparing the different genres. When the Utah Shakespeare Festival first announced it was one of three theatres in the country granted the rights to produce Shakespeare in Love, the stage play adapted from a movie, our loyal patrons were excited, but had a number of questions. . . .

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