It is hot out there, and that can only mean one thing: it’s time for summer Shakespeare. We’ll bet there’s a great show happening at a park or in an air-conditioned theater near you. What plays are you looking forward to seeing this summer?
To get you started, we’ve rounded up some summertime offerings from our theater partners across the US. Find your region of the country and see what’s onstage near you.
O eastern star!– Antony and Cleopatra, 5.2.366
Catch the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Ellicott City, Maryland’s PFI Historic Park, amidst the picturesque reinforced ruins of the Patapsco Female Institute, a 19th-century girls school. The show runs from June 22 to July 29—but don’t miss preview performances on June 20 and 21 that will benefit Ellicott City, which experienced catastrophic flooding earlier this month.
But if it were at liberty, ’twould sure southward.– Coriolanus, 2.3.29
The Atlanta Shakespeare Company’s King John runs through July 1 at the Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse.
Now on Dardan plains
The fresh and yet unbruisèd Greeks do pitch
Their brave pavilions.– Troilus and Cressida, PRO.13 – 15
The American Players Theatre’s As You Like It runs through October 7.
At the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, there’s still time to catch Macbeth, which closes on June 24. It features the work of our old friends Teller, Aaron Posner, and Ian Merrill Peakes.
The west yet glimmers with some streaks of day.– Macbeth, 3.3.7
Hurry to the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, where Macbeth closes June 23.
The Oregon Shakespeare Festival adds three great productions to its marquee this month: Romeo and Juliet, Love’s Labor’s Lost, and Lauren Gunderson’s The Book of Will. Lauren Gunderson is among the United States’ most produced playwrights; if you listen to our podcast, Shakespeare Unlimited, you may remember our interview with her in 2017.
The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival’s free A Midsummer Night’s Dream runs from June 30 – September 23. Catch it at one of five locations across the city.
At The Old Globe, The Tempest is onstage until July 22.
The American Players Theatre, Arkansas Shakespeare Company, Atlanta Shakespeare Company, Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Nebraska Shakespeare Festival, The Old Globe, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare Dallas, Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis, and Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum are theater partners of the Folger Shakespeare Library.