Casting for Romeo and Juliet and Shakespeare in Love

Casting for Romeo and Juliet and Shakespeare in Love

The Utah Shakespeare Festival recently announced many of the actors playing roles in Romeo and Juliet and Shakespeare in Love this summer. The two plays are complementary to each other (Shakespeare in Love imagines how the Bard may have written Romeo and Juliet), and many of the actors will play the same or similar roles in the two plays.

Shakespeare Cinema Celebration Scheduled

Shakespeare Cinema Celebration Scheduled

The Utah Shakespeare Festival Education Department and Southern Utah University’s Center for Shakespeare Studies are sponsoring the second annual Shakespeare Cinema Celebration on April 22 in the Eileen and Allen Anes Studio Theatre.

Shakespeare: The Man and the Myth

Shakespeare: The Man and the Myth

William Shakespeare is a name that conjures up a lot of thoughts. From Iago to Katherine, his plays have inspired us for hundreds of years. However, this influential artist is difficult to pinpoint historically. 

Ten Shakespeare Plays You Didn't Know You Knew

Ten Shakespeare Plays You Didn't Know You Knew

Whenever we gather in a theatre for a Shakespeare play and settle into our seats, we’re excited to get started and watch the show. But if you haven’t seen the play before, you may flip open the program and read the synopsis to get familiar with the story. The likelihood, though, is that you’ve already seen parts of these Shakespeare plays. 

Festival Announces More Casting for 2017

Festival Announces More Casting for 2017

The Utah Shakespeare Festival recently announced more actors and their roles for the 2017 season. Some of them will be familiar to Festival audiences, while others are new to Cedar City, but well known at other theatres across the country.

Festival's New Play Director Retires

Festival's New Play Director Retires

Charles Metten, a long-familiar face at the Utah Shakespeare has announced his retirement, effective March 31. He will be leaving his post as the Festival’s new plays director to spent more time with his family in Provo.

Where Elizabethan Meets Contemporary

Where Elizabethan Meets Contemporary

Looking at the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 2017 season, you may already know several of our titles, including Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. But there are two titles that might leave you wondering what it’s all about.

How to Play Craps

How to Play Craps

So you are planning on seeing Guys and Dolls at the Utah Shakespeare Festival and know that parts of the plot revolve around a floating the game of craps. You’ve seen people playing craps. You’ve heard about it from others. But how, exactly, do you play this game?

Festival Employee Recognized as Fellow

Festival Employee Recognized as Fellow

Long-time Utah Shakespeare Festival employee Judy Adamson was recently made a Fellow of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology at its conference in St. Louis.

Festival Announces First Round of Casting

Festival Announces First Round of Casting

The Utah Shakespeare Festival recently announced the casting of the first eight actors for the 2017 season. All are familiar faces, having appeared at the Festival in the past.

How Does Long John Silver Stack Up?

How Does Long John Silver Stack Up?

Long John Silver of Treasure Island fame may be the best-known pirate, real or mythical, of all time. But how does Robert Louis Stevenson’s character stack up when compared with real pirates?

Thanks to Our Volunteers

Thanks to Our Volunteers

The evening of March 20 was set aside at the Utah Shakespeare Festival to recognize our wonderful volunteers. Over 200 men and women put in countless hours each year hosting, ushering, preparing mailings, and completely numerous other tasks.

Nathan Detroits through Time

Nathan Detroits through Time

Guys and Dolls has been popular ever since it premiered on November 24, 1950. It has won dozens of awards throughout its runs and revivals, and, through time, there have been many faces for Nathan Detroit. From Bob Hoskins to Patrick Swayze, famously talented men have taken on the role in their own way.

Top Ten Shakespeare Plays in Pop Culture

Top Ten Shakespeare Plays in Pop Culture

There is no question that Shakespeare has influenced our language, our literature, and our way of looking at many things. But it may surprise you how much of the Bard’s plays have crept into our modern culture, not just words, but entire plots and characters in many cases.

Take a Hilarious Look at William Shakespeare's "Long Lost First Play"

Take a Hilarious Look at William Shakespeare's "Long Lost First Play"

“The show is a roller-coaster ride through the newly discovered first play that Shakespeare ever wrote and is not recommended for people with heart conditions, back problems, inner-ear disorder, or English degrees,” said Reed Martin, with his tongue firmly in his cheek. “The authors cannot be held responsible for expectant mothers.”

Festival Announces 2017 Words<sup>3</sup> Titles, Playwrights

Festival Announces 2017 Words3 Titles, Playwrights

The Utah Shakespeare Festival recently announced play titles and playwrights for its 2017 new plays program Words Cubed. Featured in the play readings in the Eileen and Allen Anes Studio Theatre will be Shrew! by Amy Freed and Pearl’s in the House by Art Manke.

Festival To Honor R. Scott Phillips on His Retirement

Festival To Honor R. Scott Phillips on His Retirement

The Utah Shakespeare Festival is celebrating the legacy of Executive Director R. Scott Phillips on Feb. 27 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Festival’s Livingood Artist Lounge. Phillips, who has worked at the Festival for forty years is retiring March 1.

R. Scott Phillips Honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award

R. Scott Phillips Honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award

R. Scott Phillips was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual Shakespeare Theatre Association (STA) Conference this January in Baltimore, Maryland. 

A Director's Vision

A Director's Vision

What attracted director Britannia Howe to A Midsummer Night’s Dream? This show was not only the first play Britannia ever read, but it is also a play she views as a touchstone for Shakespeare. She also thinks themes about parental disapproval, love triangles, and dreaming will resonate with younger audiences. 

Festival Celebrates Champions at 2017 Gala

Festival Celebrates Champions at 2017 Gala

At its annual gala in Salt Lake City, the Utah Shakespeare Festival will celebrate the people, foundations, and corporations which have helped make its dreams a reality. The Festival is honoring the Ashton Family Foundation, Rocky Mountain Power, and Roy and Elizabeth "Tibby" Simmons, as well as retiring Executive Director R. Scott Phillips. 

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