The Utah Shakespeare Festival: What's On
Starting June 21, the Utah Shakespeare Festival will offer over three months of enchanting productions. Running Monday-Saturday and offering four different shows daily on most days, along with a free nightly Greenshow, there’s ample opportunity to believe in the power of theatre and attend this season.
In the Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre:
Seating over 900 patrons in a lovely outdoor space, our Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre is the ultimate place to enjoy a night of theatre. The classic Elizabethan-inspired architecture offers an unforgettable experience of watching Shakespeare under the stars––literally. We can’t wait for you to see our very own replica, boasting impressive similarity to Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream is Shakespeare’s luxurious tale of fairies, dreams, and finding love. This popular comedy features actors Topher Embrey as Bottom and Cassandra Bissell as Hippolyta/Titania.
Romeo and Juliet is Shakespeare’s most popular and tragic tale of “star-cross’d lovers" featuring Ty Fanning as Romeo and Naiya McCalla as Juliet.
In The Randall L. Jones Theatre:
The Randall is an indoor modern theatre, offering a comfortable theatrical experience––no matter the weather. Built to expand the Festival’s productions to musicals and more, the theatre was dedicated in 1989 and is named after a Cedar City native, known as the father of tourism in the area.
Jane Austen’s Emma The Musical is a charming and enduring love story featuring Allie Babich as the vivacious Emma and Rhett Guter as Mr. George Knightley.
The Play That Goes Wrong is a hilarious, chaotic, and ill-fated play-within-a-play featuring Chris Mixon as Dennis and Melinda Parrett as Annie.
A Raisin in the Sun is a theatrical masterpiece that breaks down racial barriers and addresses hope and the American dream, featuring Corey Jones as Walter Lee Younger and Kayland Jordan as Ruth Younger.
The Eileen and Allen Anes Studio Theatre:
This intimate theatre was designed to produce smaller-scaled shows for the Festival and is home for our new plays program, highlighting the “Shakespeares of tomorrow.” Seating approximately 200 guests, the theatre is designed as a flexible space, with audience members this season surrounding three sides of the stage to ensure there isn’t a bad seat in the house.
Shakespeare’s Timon of Athens explores wealth, friendship, and the foibles of a materialistic society. The Festival has only produced this play once before, thirty years ago. It features Elijah Alexander as Timon and Jasmine Bracey as Lucullus.
Coriolanus is one of Shakespeare’s rarely-produced plays that focuses on themes of ambition, family, love, and power. James Ryen will play the hot-headed Coriolanus, with Sheila Tousey as Volumnia.
For more information or to purchase tickets for the 2023 season, visit bard.org or call 800-PLAYTIX.
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