The Utah Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City, Utah begins on June 29, this year and it goes through October 21, 2017. Cedar City is about 54 miles north of St. George on I-15. The Utah Shakespeare Festival is a Tony Award-winning, professional theatre located on the Southern Utah University Campus that presents plays from Shakespeare and other playwrights every summer/fall in three theatres at the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts.
The website offers information for first-timers who want to attend. It tells how to get tickets, how to plan your day, where you can park, what happens if it rains, what you should wear and other really good information for anyone who is new to the festival. It also provides lodging information if you want to stay the night in Cedar City.
Plays that are being offered this year include:
Shakespeare in Love
Romeo and Juliet
As You Like It
Guys and Dolls
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged)
How to Fight Loneliness
Pricing for the plays varies in each of the three theatres where the plays are performed: Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre, Randall L. Jones Theatre and Eileen and Allen Anes Studio Theatre. The Englestad Shakespeare Theatre is an outdoor replica of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. The other two theatres are both modern and indoor. If it rains and you have tickets for a performance in the open air theatre the play will continue even during inclement weather, so dress appropriately because umbrellas are not allowed. On occasion you will be issued a credit if the performance needs to be cancelled before intermission due to lightning. You can get tickets in the gallery or balcony for $20-32. Premier tickets during the week run $71 and on the weekends for $75.
It has been several years since I attended the Utah Shakespeare Festival, but I am planning to attend this year. The lineup of plays seems to offer something for everyone!