"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. Three different shows are presented on alternating nights, themed to Laughter, Love, and Adventure. It is a bit of song, a bit of magic, and a lot of fun as our performers invite you to sit back, relax, and let the world transform around you.

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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 14 to September 9, 2017; and at 10:15 a.m. Thursdays and Saturdays from September 14 to October 21 (with the exception of September 30). 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 Wheeler Foundation.

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, July 14 to August 28, 2017, in the Randall L. Jones Theatre. See the calendar for details.

Tickets are regularly $8. Group and school rates are available.

Sponsored by The Betty McDonald Family.

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 30 to September 23, and the Frehner Rehearsal/Education Hall from September 24 to October 21. 

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

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

Sponsored by Larry and Tina Howard and the 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

Explore where all those props come from and how they are made. They begin at 11 a.m. most Mondays and Thursdays from July 13 to September 7 and most Wednesdays and Fridays from September 20 to October 21 in the Randall L. Jones Theatre. See the calendar for details.

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

Costume Seminars

See our amazing costumes up close and learn from costume designers and technicians how the costumes are designed, constructed, and cared for. Costume Seminars are at 11 a.m. each Tuesday and Friday from July 14 to September 1 in the Randall L. Jones Theatre or the Auditorium Theatre. See the calendar for details.

Sponsored by The Guild of the Utah Shakespeare Festival.

Actor Seminars

Get to know some of the actors at the Festival and ask them questions about their careers and roles. These seminars are at 11 a.m. each Wednesday and Saturday from July 5 to September 9 in the Balcony Bards Seminar Grove and each Thursday and Saturday from September 21 to October 21 in the Frehner Rehearsal/Education Hall. See the calendar for details.

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 in the Balcony Bards Seminar Grove from June 29 to October 21. Beginning on September 12 and running through October 21, evening orientations will begin at 7:15 p.m.

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

Bardway, Baby!

One Night Only: Broadway at the Festival! August 5, 2017 at 11:15 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 5, 2017 at approximately 11:15 p.m. in the Randall L. Jones Theatre. The concert this year will feature songs from current company members' dream roles. Those scheduled to perform include Brian Vaughn, Melinda Parrett, Alexandra Zorn, Quinn Mattfeld, Redge Palmer, The Greenshow cast, and many more. They will perform selections from Broadway hits such as The Sound of Music, Cabaret, Into the Woods, A Chorus Line, Hamilton, A Little Night Music, Beauty and the Beast, Sweeney Tood, Something Rotten, and Les Misérables.

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 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, and 28; and August 1, 3, 8 10, 15, 18, 22, 25, and 29. Tickets are $17.50 in advance and $20 at the door.

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 The Taming of the Shrew and Much Ado about Nothing, but productions of plays such as All's Well That Ends Well and Henry V 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
Scheduled for 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 in 2013 with King John and Richard II, Henry IV Part One in 2014, Henry IV Part Two in 2015, Henry V in 2016, and in the future Henry VI Part One, 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.

Top photo: A scene from Mary Poppins, 2016.