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Shakespeare Under the Stars: Only 4 more weeks

A scene from the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 2021 production of “Pericles.(Photo by Karl Hugh. Copyright Utah Shakespeare Festival 2021.)

The 2021 season of the Festival has been nothing short of a miracle so far. Being able to gather together safely in Cedar City as friends and family of the Festival, both indoor and out, has brought moments of magic, profound emotions, humor, healing, and memory-making to last a lifetime.

With eight shows in three theatres, rotating in repertory six days a week, there is something for everyone here. However, shows in our outdoor spaces—the Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre and the Ashton Family Greenshow Commons area, as well as one of the shows in our indoor Randall L. Jones Theatre—have only four more weeks of performances.

Plan now to catch these fantastic productions before their closings on September 9-11.

In the Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre

Playgoers have a chance to see the rarely performed “Pericles” until September 9, a tale of high adventure presented for only the third time in the Festival’s history. Pericles is searching for adventure, treasure, and family. But his loves die, his friends deceive him, and the gods seem to be against him. In the end, he finds the most important treasures of all come to him when least expected.

Sarah Suzuki (left) as Lady Anne and Aidan O’Reilly as Richard in the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 2021 production of “Richard III.(Photo by Karl Hugh. Copyright Utah Shakespeare Festival 2021.)

“Richard III” is the next installment in the Festival’s History Cycle, completing the story of the War of the Roses told in “Henry V,” and the three parts of “Henry VI.” Playing until September 10, “Richard III” features one of Shakespeare’s most charming and evil villains. Richard, the ambitious son of York, has taken the English throne by exploiting or murdering everyone in his path, but it isn’t clear that he can keep it in the twisted world he has created.

Andrew Plinio (left) as Dromio of Ephesus and Michael Doherty as Dromio of Syracuse in the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 2021 production of “The Comedy of Errors.” (Photo by Karl Hugh. Copyright Utah Shakespeare Festival 2021.)

“The Comedy of Errors,” one of Shakespeare’s funniest plays, plays through September 11. Featuring not just one, but two sets of bewildered twins, it’s double the laughter and twice the fun as confusion reigns supreme, set in “Mamma Mia”-inspired 1970s. You will laugh from beginning to end as these bewildered twins try to unravel the lunatic events swirling around them.

A scene from the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 2021 production of “Ragtime.(Photo by Karl Hugh. Copyright Utah Shakespeare Festival 2021.)

In the Randall L. Jones Theatre

Playing only until September 11, “Ragtime” is the story of a wealthy white couple, a Jewish immigrant father and daughter, and an African-American ragtime musician whose lives intertwine and sometimes collide as they seek the American dream at the volatile turn of the twentieth century. This stirring musical captures the beats of a nation: the conflict, the hope and despair, the search for justice, and—of course—ragtime.

A scene from the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 2021 production of “The Greenshow.” (Photo by Karl Hugh. Copyright Utah Shakespeare Festival 2021.)

In the Ashton Family Greenshow Commons area

Prepare for each evening’s plays with our free outdoor entertainment, “The Greenshow.” It’s a thirty-minute show of dance, music, and laughter providing you a light-hearted atmosphere and welcome. There are three different themes rotating on a nightly basis: Seafaring, England, and Celtic, each with their own set of songs, dances, stories, and costumes.

The additional productions—”The Pirates of Penzance” and “The Comedy of Terrors” in the Randall L. Jones Theatre, and “Cymbeline” and “Intimate Apparel” in the Anes Studio Theatre—play through October 9. For more information and to order tickets, visit bard.org or call 800-PLAYTIX.