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Utah Shakespeare Festival

Starts: June 29

Utah Shakespeare Festival logo onto of a photo of the Randall Theater building
  • With their 2017 season, the Utah Shakespeare Festival celebrates its 56th year. The 2017 season includes nine productions running June 29 – October 21, 97,000 copies of the playbill will be distributed to patrons at over 200 performances, with a readership of over 130,000 ticket holders.

    AS YOU LIKE IT

    JUNE 29 – SEPTEMBER 1, 2017
    ENGELSTAD SHAKESPEARE THEATRE

    Rosalind has a problem. Disguised as a boy to help her father, she has also fooled her beloved Orlando, who now asks this “boy” to help him woo the woman of his dreams—none other than Rosalind herself! What’s a girl (or boy) to do? Find out in this rollicking frolic of confused courtship, beautiful poetry, and unsurpassed wit.

    GUYS AND DOLLS

    JULY 3 – SEPTEMBER 1, 2017
    RANDALL L. JONES THEATRE

    Take a high-rolling gambler and pair him with a puritanical missionary. Then throw in a showgirl dreaming of the straight-and-narrow and a crap game manager who is anything but straight or narrow. Mix it up with the brassy music of Frank Loesser (including “A Bushel and a Peck” and “Luck Be a Lady”), and you have what many consider the perfect musical comedy.

    WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE’S LONG LOST FIRST PLAY (ABRIDGED)

    JULY 28 – OCTOBER 21, 2017
    EILEEN AND ALLEN ANES STUDIO THEATRE

    Brought to you by the same guys responsible for The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), this Intermountain West premiere tells the not-quite-factual (well, not at all factual) story of an ancient manuscript purported to be the first play by William Shakespeare. Using questionable scholarship and street-performer smarts, a trio of comic actors will throw themselves into a fast, funny, and frenzied festival of pure hilarity.

    SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE

    JUNE 30 – SEPTEMBER 2, 2017
    ENGELSTAD SHAKESPEARE THEATRE

    Adapted for the stage from the movie, Shakespeare in Love tells of a young Shakespeare who is facing writer’s block and is short on cash and inspiration. To his rescue comes Viola, whom he quickly falls in love with and who inspires him to write his most famous love story, Romeo and Juliet.

    A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM

    JULY 4 – OCTOBER 21, 2017
    RANDALL L. JONES THEATRE

    This luxurious tale of fairies, dreams, and moonlight is Shakespeare’s most popular comedy. “The course of true love never did run smooth,” but when the feuding king and queen of the fairies interfere in the couplings of mortals, the result is pure bedlam, from the roguish Puck to the rustic would-be actors, from the impish fairies to the young lovers.

    HOW TO FIGHT LONELINESS

    AUGUST 25 – OCTOBER 14, 2017
    EILEEN AND ALLEN ANES STUDIO THEATRE

    This play is for mature audiences and contains explicit language and mature themes.

    Modern-day husband and wife Brad and Jodie are at a life-changing crossroads and struggling to make a monumental decision about their life and love.

    First workshopped at the Festival in 2016, this full production will be an Intermountain West premiere by one of America’s most honored current playwrights.

    ROMEO AND JULIET

    JULY 1 – AUGUST 31, 2017
    ENGELSTAD SHAKESPEARE THEATRE

    A classic tale of“star-cross’d lovers” and forbidden love, Romeo and Juliet is the perfect complement to Shakespeare in Love which depicts how Shakespeare may have written the famous play. The two, playing in repertory, will share cast and scenery, and this added synergy will provide a new dimension to what may be the most famous love story in the world.

    TREASURE ISLAND

    JULY 5 – SEPTEMBER 2, 2017
    RANDALL L. JONES THEATRE

    This epic tale with music will thrill the entire family with tales of buried treasure, cutthroat pirates, the larger-than-life Long John Silver, and the courageous young cabin boy Jim Hawkins.

    The Festival is the first theatre after a joint premiere at Lookingglass Theatre in Chicago and Berkeley Rep in Berkeley, California, to produce this critically-acclaimed adaptation, filled with adventure and song.

    THE TAVERN

    SEPTEMBER 19 – OCTOBER 21, 2017
    RANDALL L. JONES THEATRE

    On a dark and stormy night, a wild wind blows all sorts of oddball characters into a remote Utah tavern—a mysterious vagabond, a damsel in distress, a politician, his daughter, and her fiancé. A thief is on the loose, suspicions abound, and no one is who they seem! Everyone tries to solve the crime, which only multiplies the laughter as this melodramatic farce rolls to its madcap ending.
    A world-premiere adaptation, this satirical comedy shifts the action and plot to locations and characters in Utah that just might feel familiar.

    Venue

    Utah Shakespeare Festival
    s 300 w Cedar CIty, UT 84720 United States
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    Phone:
    435-586-7880
    Website:
    http://www.bard.org/about/theatres.html#.UmrNwZR4YrU