The Utah Shakespeare Festival invites you to enjoy its spectacular 63rd season, offering an enriching cultural experience that captivates audiences of all ages. Nestled in the scenic mountains of Cedar City, Utah, the Festival has become a cherished tradition for theatre lovers, families, and newcomers alike. Now is the time to purchase tickets for the 2024 season, which runs from June 17 through October 5. The play lineup in the Festival’s three theatres includes Shakespeare’s Henry VIII, The Winter’s Tale, The Taming of the Shrew, and Much Ado About Nothing, along with the hilarious The 39 Steps, the moving Silent Sky, and the inspirational The Mountaintop.

In addition, experience free family fun every evening Monday through Saturday at The Greenshow. This year’s Greenshow themes are Royals (before performances of Henry VIII), Folk Festival (before performances of The Winter’s Tale), and Commedia (before performances of The Taming of the Shrew). These dynamic family-friendly outdoor shows feature singing, dancing, stories, music, and audience participation. Bring a blanket and stretch out on the grass or cozy up on a bench for these lively 30-minute celebrations of art and life. Also this season, the Festival again welcomes the Paiute Tribe of Utah with special Greenshow performances on July 8 and 23, and August 7 and 29.

Elijah Alexander (left) as Timon, Nell Geisslinger as Apemantus, Gabrielle Francine Smith as A Jeweller, and Christopher Centinaro as A Merchant in the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s production of Timon of Athens. Photo by Karl Hugh.

What is known as the Festival Experience ensures that education extends beyond––and sometimes behind––the stage. An expansive array of seminars, orientations, Backstage Tours, Repertory Magic, youth camps, classes, and more aim to enhance patrons’ understanding of Shakespeare and other playwrights’ works and the process of repertory theatre. Among other things, these programs are thoughtfully designed to demystify the Bard’s language and themes, making his works accessible and enjoyable for all, regardless of prior exposure to Shakespeare.

For those interested in even more theatrical experiences, the Festival also hosts a new play reading series called Words Cubed during the month of August where audience and actors come together with playwrights to see a staged reading and then discuss their new works. Additionally, students from London’s renowned Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) will present a condensed touring production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream July 30-August 3.

Marco Antonio Vega (left) as Paris, Alex Keiper as Nurse, Max Gallagher as Peter, Naiya Vanessa McCalla as Juliet, and Evelyn Carol Case as Escalus, with others, in the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s production of Romeo and Juliet. Photo by Karl Hugh.

The Festival’s setting also contributes to its unique charm. Cedar City, known for its beautiful landscapes and welcoming community, provides the perfect backdrop for a family getaway. Combine the thrill of live theatre with the beauty of southern Utah for a summer vacation that enriches the mind and delights the senses.

We invite you to experience the magic of the Utah Shakespeare Festival this season. Whether you’re sharing the joy of Shakespeare with your family or friends for the first time or rediscovering his or other playwrights’ genius, the Festival offers a welcoming, engaging, and unforgettable experience for everyone. Deseret News readers can use code DesNews24 for $10 off per ticket. Reserve your discounted tickets today at bard.org or by calling 800-PLAYTIX.