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Utah Shakespeare Festival announces 2018 season

CEDAR CITY — The Utah Shakespeare Festival announced its 2018 season from the stage of the Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre July 7 before the opening night performance of “Shakespeare in Love.”

The 2018 season will be the festival’s 57th and will include eight plays in three theaters.

“Among other themes, our 2018 season provides a unique examination of intolerance and the adverse impact it can have on our collective humanity,” said artistic director Brian Vaughn in a news release.

The lineup continues the festival’s Complete-the-Canon and History Cycle initiatives, with the goal to produce all of Shakespeare’s plays between 2012 and 2023, including all 10 of the history plays in chronological order.

In the open-air Engelstad Theatre will be three of the Bard’s works: “Henry VI Part One,” “The Merry Wives of Windsor” and “The Merchant of Venice.”

In the indoor Randall L. Jones Theatre will be “Big River,” a musical adaptation of Mark Twain's "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn"; a “hilarious French farce newly translated into English” called “The Liar”; and the comedy “The Foreigner,” according to the news release.

And in the Eileen and Allen Anes Studio Theatre will be Shakespeare’s “Othello” and the world premiere of “Pearl’s in the House,” which the news release indicates is being workshopped at this year’s festival as part of the Words Cubed program.

“With four diverse Shakespeare offerings (including the next in our History Cycle), a world-premiere musical centered around one of the world’s most iconic figures, two delightful classic and contemporary comedies, and a Tony Award-winning musical based on one of the most controversial novels of our time, this season promises to resonate on all levels,” Vaughn said.

The 2018 season will run from June 28-Oct. 20, and tickets go on sale starting July 15 online at, by phone at 435-586-7878 and in person at the USF ticket offices.