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Things To Do

Things To Do

"As happy prologues to the swelling act."
—Macbeth

The Greenshow

Join the fun each night before the play begins. The Greenshow is lighthearted and free for the entire family.

Leave the noise and stress of the world behind as you prepare for the evening’s play with our free outdoor entertainment: The Greenshow. Dance, music, and laughter provide a light-hearted atmosphere for our guests and serve as our greeting and welcome. It is a bit of history, a bit of fun, and a bit of magic as our performers invite you to lean in, engage, and let the world transform around you.

The Greenshow is, in fact, three shows alternating nightly. You will want to come back often and enjoy all three.

We hope the songs and dances remind you of what you love about coming to the Festival and leave you humming or singing when you leave. It’s a joyous celebration of life on the green, and you’re invited!

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Sponsored by The Marriner S. Eccles Foundation and The Spectrum


Backstage Tour

Props, costumes, scenery, and lights are all part of these tours backstage at the Festival.

Peek behind the scenery and into the Festival’s various production areas to see how all the enchantment comes together. See the calendar for dates, times, and locations. Tickets are regularly $10. Group and school rates are available.

Participants must negotiate stairs.

Sponsored by The Utah Office of Tourism.


Repertory Magic

Witness the fascinating and well choreographed scene change process between a matinee and an evening show, and ask questions as it happens.

One of the most magical (and difficult) aspects of repertory theatre is the twice-a-day changeover. Lighting, scenery, props, costume, and sound technicians must hurry to change everything from the matinee show to the evening show. It is a fascinating and well choreographed process. You can witness the scene change and ask questions as it is happening. 

 See the calendar for dates, times, and locations.

Tickets are regularly $10. Group and school rates are available.

Sponsored by The S. J. and Jessie E. Quinney Foundation and The Ray, Quinney and Nebeker Foundation.


Play Seminars

You won't want to miss these invigorating morning discussions in the Balcony Bards Seminar Grove.

Nancy Melich, conducts a Literary Seminar.

Nancy Melich, conducts a Literary Seminar.

If you have ever wanted to share your views about Festival plays, their interpretation, and subtle nuances (or to hear the views of others), the Play Seminar is for you. Theatre scholars (with play directors and actors joining in at times) lead the discussions, allowing audience members to engage in a lively give-and-take where everyone learns. Located in the Balcony Bards Seminar Grove from June 1 to September 19, and the Frehner Rehearsal/Education Hall from September 21 to October 10. See the calendar for details.

9 a.m. discussion of previous day’s evening performances. 

10 a.m. discussion of previous day matinee performances. 

This event is made possible through a grant from Utah Humanities


Production Seminars

Props, costumes, and actors: you can get to know all of them better at these free daily seminars.

Prop Seminars

Ben Hohman, Festival props director, conducts a props seminar.

Ben Hohman, Festival props director, conducts a props seminar.

Learn how hundreds of props and special effects help create the Festival magic you see on stage. See the calendar for dates, times, and locations.

Costume Seminars

Learn how the Festival's elaborate costumes are designed, fabricated, and maintained. See the calendar for dates, times, and locations.

Sponsored by The Guild of the Utah Shakespeare Festival.

Actor Seminars

Engage with the Festival actors and ask questions about their roles, careers, and experiences—and what it is like working in repertory theatre at the Festival. See the calendar for dates, times, and locations, as well as which actors will be featured each day.

Sponsored by Bryan and Diana Watabe.


Play Orientations

Prepare for the play with these short and informative orientations conducted by theatre experts.

Heighten your experience by learning about the play before you see it, as well as asking questions about the Festival and Cedar City.

Orientations begin at 1:15 p.m. before matinees and at 6:45 p.m. before evening performances from June 1 to September 5. and at 1:15 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. from September 8 to October 10. Orientations are usually in the Balcony Bards Seminar Grove, but check the calendar for some exceptions.

Sponsored by The J. R. and Lorna S. Broadbent Family.


Shakespeare Character Garden

Enjoy a little time in this beautiful garden, surrounded by statues of Shakespeare and some of his most memorable characters.

The Pedersen Shakespeare Character Garden, featuring some of Shakespeare’s most famous lovers, warriors, kings, and scoundrels, is a quiet place for contemplation, reading, and leaving the cares of the world behind. The garden includes several benches, various flowers and shrubs, as well as nearly twenty varieties of trees. It is located between the Engelstad Shakespeare and Randall L. Jones Theatres. Click for more photos and more details.

Sponsored by Catherine and Robert Pedersen


Curtain Call Luncheons

Presented by the Guild of the Utah Shakespeare Festival, Curtain Call Luncheons feature lunch and questions-and-answers with Festival actors. Luncheons begin at 12 noon and last about an hour. They are located in either the Southern Utah Museum of Art (SUMA) or the Southern Utah University Alumni House (Alumni). Tickets are $17.50 in advance and $20 at the door.

Curtain Call Luncheons have concluded for 2019. Watch this space next spring and summer for details about 2020.

Sponsored by The Guild of the Utah Shakespeare Festival.


Complete-the-Canon Project

The Utah Shakespeare Festival has embarked on an exciting new initiative to produce the entire canon of Shakespeare’s thirty-eight plays. During these years, you may have more than one opportunity to see such plays as Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night's Dream, but productions of some other plays will definitely be more rare. So start planning now; you don’t want to miss a single experience.

Progress Thus Far

2012: Hamlet, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Titus Andronicus
2013: King John, Love's Labour's Lost, Richard II, The Tempest
2014: Henry IV Part One, Measure for Measure, The Comedy of Errors, Twelfth Night
2015: The Taming of the Shrew, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Henry IV Part Two, King Lear
2016: Henry V, Julius Caesar, Much Ado about Nothing
2017: A Midsummer Night's Dream, As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet
2018: Henry VI Part One, Othello, The Merchant of Venice, The Merry Wives of Windsor
2019: The Conclusion of Henry VI: Parts Two and Three, Macbeth
2020: Cymbeline, Pericles, Richard III
Still to Come: All's Well That Ends Well, Antony and Cleopatra, Coriolanus, Henry VIII, The Two Noble Kinsmen, The Winter's Tale, Timon of Athens, Troilus and Cressida


History Cycle

As part of the Complete-the-Canon Project, the Festival is producing all ten of Shakespeare’s history plays in chronological order, beginning with King John and Richard II in 2013, Henry IV Part One in 2014, Henry IV Part Two in 2015, Henry V in 2016, Henry VI Part One in 2018, The Conclusion of Henry VI: Parts Two and Three in 2019, and in the future Richard III and Henry VIII. One of the goals of the History Cycle is to give a cohesiveness to these plays that will be engaging and dramatic for our audiences.


Top photo: A scene from Mary Poppins, 2016.