"As happy prologues to the swelling act."

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 Americana Night, British Isles Night, and Italian Night.

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 a 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. Tours are at 10:15 a.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from July 10 to September 8; and at 10:15 a.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays from September 12 to October 13 (with the exception of September 29). See the calendar for details. Backstage Tours meet and begin in the Zions Bank Courtyard, near the statue of Fred C. Adams. Tickets are regularly $8. 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. 

Repertory Magic is every Monday and Friday from July 13 to August 31. They begin in the Randall L. Jones Theatre lobby after all matinee shows that day end. See the calendar for details.

Tickets are regularly $8. 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 new 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 29 to September 22, and the Frehner Rehearsal/Education Hall from September 26 to October 20. See the calendar for details.

9 a.m. discussion of previous day performances in the Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre and the Anes Theatre. 

10 a.m. discussion of previous day performances in the Randall Theatre. 

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.

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

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

Prop Seminars

Learn how hundreds of props and special effects help create the Festival magic you see on stage. Prop Seminars begin at 11 a.m. most Mondays and Thursdays from July 9 to August 30 and most Wednesdays and Fridays from September 19 to October 13 in various locations. See the calendar for details.

Costume Seminars

Learn how the Festival's elaborate costumes are designed, fabricated, and maintained. Costume Seminars are at 11 a.m. each Tuesday and Friday from July 10 to September 7 and most Fridays from September 14 to October 12 in the Randall L. Jones Theatre. See the calendar for details.

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. These seminars are at 11 a.m. each Wednesday and Saturday from July 4 to September 8 and most Saturdays from September 15 to October 13. See the calendar for exact dates and locations.

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 28 to September 8. and at 1:15 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. from September 11 to October 13. 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

Bardway, Baby!

One Night Only: Broadway at the Festival! August 3, 2018 at 11:30 p.m.

Bardway, Baby! is a late-night concert event featuring classic Broadway show tunes. Performed by Festival actors, the show will be presented August 3, 2018 at approximately 11:15 p.m. in the Randall L. Jones Theatre. The fundraising concert supports the artistic initiative fund which was created to promote the Festival’s growth in artistic excellence.

Tickets are $25 for reserved seating and are available online or by calling the Festival Ticket Office at 1-800-PLAYTIX.

Curtain Call Luncheons

Presented by the Guild of the Utah Shakespeare Festival, Curtain Call Luncheons feature lunch and questions-and-answers with Festival actors and artists. Luncheons begin at 12 noon in the SUU Alumni House on July 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 27, and 31; and August 3, 10, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28. Tickets are $17.50 in advance and $20 at the door.

Sponsored by The Guild of the Utah Shakespeare Festival.


"Speak of one who loved not wisely, but too well."

JULY 7 – OCTOBER 13, 2018
Southern Utah Museum of Art

Race and class. Ambition and commitment. Justice and mercy. Perception and deception. Loyalty and betrayal.

Othello was probably written in 1603 (the same year as Hamlet) and was performed 1 November 1604, which places it within Shakespeare's early career. The characters, setting, and action in the play are not original. Like many writers of the time, Shakespeare borrowed heavily from existing work. This play is based directly on Un Capitano Moro (A Moorish Captain) published in 1565 by Italian writer Cinthio Garaldi. Shakespeare creates his title character as an honorable man, rather than Garaldi's angry, abusive figure and directly counter to common sentiments. 

Shakespeare's play was first published as a Quarto in 1622, the year before his death. It appeared in slightly longer form in the First Folio of 1632 and has since appeared in every collection of his works. The volumes on display at SUMA are borrowed from the Southern Utah University Matheson Special Collections and the University of Utah.

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 between 2012 and 2023. 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
By 2023: All's Well That Ends Well, Antony and Cleopatra, Coriolanus, Cymbeline, Henry VI Part Two, Henry VI Part Three, Henry VIII, Macbeth, Pericles, Richard III, 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, and in the future Henry VI Part Two, Henry VI Part Three, 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.