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

2019 Plays

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

June 27 – October 12, 2019

Macbeth

June 27 – September 6, 2019

Hamlet

June 28 – October 12, 2019

The Book of Will

June 28 – September 5, 2019

Twelfth Night

June 29 – September 7, 2019

Every Brilliant Thing

July 11 – October 12, 2019

The Price

September 12 – October 12, 2019

The Greenshow

June 27 – September 7, 2019

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Speaking the Speech: The Greatest Hamlets

Of all the great characters out there, there’s no role so highly coveted as Hamlet, Shakespeare’s Prince of Denmark. His complex psyche and his beautiful language make him the Holy Grail of acting careers. And from the time Shakespeare set down his pen all the way to today, some of the world’s finest men and women have stepped into Hamlet’s shoes.

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Is This Noble Mind O’erthrown?

One of the questions that audiences have been asking themselves since the play premiered in 1609 is about the Prince of Denmark himself. Thousands of scholars have answered the question, and thousands of others have disagreed. There’s a lot of evidence for both sides of the debate, and in my opinion it’s one of the most intriguing questions in all of Shakespeare’s canon. It’s a simple question, really, without a simple answer: Is Hamlet playacting, or is he actually crazy?

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Stop the Presses! Playmakers to Perform Newsies

Stop the presses! The Utah Shakespeare Festival Playmakers performing company is making headlines by presenting the high-energy musical Newsies! Public performances are on March 15 and 18 at 7:30 p.m. and March 16 at 2 p.m. in the Randall L. Jones Theatre. Inspired by the true story of the 1899 New York City newsboy strike, Newsies! The Musical is a rousing tale of a courageous group of newsboys who become unlikely heroes when they team up to fight an unscrupulous newspaper tycoon.

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In Memoriam: Ace G. Pilkington

Ace G. Pilkington, teacher, playwright, prolific writer, and literary seminar director at the Utah Shakespeare Festival for over thirty years, passed away on February 20, 2019. Ace was a fixture in the Seminar Grove as he led interesting and lively discussions of the Festival’s plays. He was admired and loved by many who made it a priority to be at the seminars early in the morning.

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The Amazing Story of an Amazing Dreamcoat

There are filmed versions, community theatre productions, and high school showcases of the musical Bible story, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. You’d be hard-pressed to find someone—especially in Utah and Nevada—who hasn’t seen the show, or at least come in contact with it in some way. But even with all this mania over the musical, most people don’t know the fascinating story of how it came to be.

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