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Shakespeare in the Schools Tour

What's On

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Silent Sky

July 12 - October 5, 2024

Eileen and Allen Anes Studio Theatre

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The 39 Steps

June 22 - October 5, 2024

Randall L. Jones Theatre

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RADA 2024 Production

July 30-August 3, 2024

Eileen and Allen Anes Studio Theatre

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Henry VIII

June 17 - September 5, 2024

Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre

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Much Ado About Nothing

June 21 - October 5, 2024

Randall L. Jones Theatre

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The Winter's Tale

June 18 - September 6, 2024

Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre

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The Taming of the Shrew

June 19 - September 7, 2024

Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre

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The Mountaintop

July 13 - October 5, 2024

Eileen and Allen Anes Studio Theatre

Shakespeare in the Schools Tour

Since 1993, the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s education touring program – Shakespeare in the Schools – has brought professional theatre performances to schools and communities across the state of Utah and the Intermountain West. Our mission is to meet students where they are, and provide everyone with the opportunity to access and create theatre.

The tour is offered FREE to all Utah public and public charter schools thanks to funding from the State of Utah. At-cost and discounted rates are available for private schools, public venues, and out-of-state locations. The tour offers either a 75-minute fully produced performance of one of Shakespeare’s plays, or an interactive 45-minute assembly designed for elementary audiences that explores elements of theatre and Shakespeare. Included in the experience are post-performance talkbacks and educational workshops.

In 2025:

Henry IV

In 2024:

Hamlet

“This above all else…To thine own self be true”

Our touring company of nine professional theatre artists and educators returned to schools this winter to bring one of the world’s most recognized plays to K-12 students across the Intermountain West!

Hamlet toured February 1st - April 20th, 2024. 

This production of Hamlet highlighted themes of authenticity and reality under the ever-scrutinizing eye of the media and societal expectations. Hamlet’s ongoing search for truth and his enduring question––To be, or not to be?––offered extraordinary relevance for today’s young people: How do we know what is true, or whom to trust? Upon what sources can we rely? Do we choose to be the person society expects of us––the avenging son, the dutiful daughter, the good student, etc.––or not to be that which is expected, and to instead chart our own path? Maintaining Shakespeare’s text (in a shortened version) invited students of all ages to explore these questions through the eloquence and possibility of heightened language. And there were sword fights!

The 2024 tour has ended. To request information or if you have any questions regarding the 2025 tour, please reach out to us at:

Email: USFEducation@bard.org

Phone: 435-865-8333

Study Guide & Teacher Toolkit

Check out the Study Guide linked below for added context, resources, discussion questions, and interactive classroom lesson plans to extend learning beyond the tour’s one day in your school!

Hamlet Study Guide

Artists

The 2024 touring company consisted of a tour manager, a stage manager, and seven actors.

Meet the Artists

Program

If you’d like to take a look a program for our production, click below!

Program

Photos

Enjoy photos of the 2024 Shakespeare in the School tour!

Photos
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