With Hey, Ho, The Wind And The Rain: Weather News

July 20: PEACE PARK.  10-15% chance of precipitation.  In case of rain or poor ground conditions, the performance will be held inside Ensemble Theater (2843 Washington Blvd – immediately adjacent the park)

July 21: Cahoon Park: Isolated thunderstorms predicted.   In case of rain, our alternate location is Bay United Methodist Church at 29931 Lake Road
Bay Village, Ohio, 44140

July 22: Grove Amphitheater:  In case of rain, our alternate location is Reserve Hall at Mayfield Civic Center (6622 Wilson Mills Rd)

2018 Summer Touring Schedule

All performances begin at 7pm.  Please bring a blanket or low-slung chair.

Adapted and Directed by David Hansen
June 15 – July 1

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Friday, June 15: PEACE Park, Cleveland Hts
Saturday, June 16: Lakewood Park
Sunday, June 17: Bedford Public Square, Bedford
Friday, June 22: Toby’s Plaza (next to MOCA), University Circle
Saturday, June 23: Grove Amphitheater, Mayfield Village
Sunday, June 24: Sims Park, Euclid
Friday, June 29: Lincoln Park, Tremont
Saturday, June 30: Garfield Historic Site, Mentor
Sunday, July 1: Public Square, Downtown Cleveland


Adapted and Directed by Anne McEvoy
July 20 – August 5

Friday, July 20: PEACE Park, Cleveland Hts
Saturday, July 21: Cahoon Park, Bay Village
Sunday, July 22: Grove Amphitheater, Mayfield Village
Friday, July 27:  Sims Park, Euclid
Saturday, July 28: Lakewood Park
Sunday, July 29: City of Mentor Amphitheater
Friday, August 3: Public Square, Downtown Cleveland
Saturday, August 4: Bedford Public Square, Bedford
Sunday, August 5: Lincoln Park, Tremont

PLAY ON! A benefit for CleveShakes!

20 years ago, a group of CWRU students noticed Northeast Ohio’s lack of “Shakespeare in the Park”, and so decided to do it themselves! Since those early days performing on the campus of Case, to today’s traveling Festival which plays in public spaces all over Northeast Ohio, CSF has performed for over 40,000 audience members and been named one of the summer’s best art events by both The Plain Dealer and Cleveland Scene.

While our productions are FREE to attend, they are NOT free to produce. Costs include: truck rentals, rehearsal and office space, insurance, stipends paid to our performers and production staff, set and costume construction, and much more. We are fortunate to receive support grants from foundations and agencies, but the bulk of our support comes from our audience – whether through after-performance donations or by coming out to our annual fundraiser.

This year’s fundraiser, PLAY ON! will be held Sunday, May 20 from 5-8 p.m. at Speakeasy at Bier Market (1948 W. 25th St in Cleveland). Tickets are $25 per person, and include various apps and gourmet pizza provided by the Speakeasy. There will also be a cash-bar, auction and raffle items, and the chance to hob-nob with your pals from CSF.

Tickets will be available at the door or online

If you cannot attend, but wish to support our season, please click here to make a donation.

Lost and Found

Found at Lakewood Park: a set of keys.
Call 440-794-1273 or email info@cleveshakes.org to identify them

Scene Magazine names CSF “Best Outdoor Arts Experience” for 2015

We’re very grateful to the kind folks at Scene Magazine, Cleveland’s free weekly newspaper, for including us as the “Best Outdoor Arts Experience” in their “Best of 2015” issue.

The Cleveland Shakespeare Festival is an exciting event series in Cleveland, but it’s still somewhat under-the-radar, particularly among those who aren’t totally plugged into the region’s theater scene. Often enough, passersby out for a gentle walk — through, say, Lakewood Park — have stumbled upon a performance of, say, ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream.’ This year, take the time to look up the group’s schedule and make an evening of it. Pack a picnic, bring your friends. Shakespeare is timeless stuff, and Cleveland is lucky to have such a wellspring of talent to deliver the good bard’s finest works each summer.


CSF recognized by BBC America blog as one of “10 British Things about Cleveland”


The editor notes that the Open Mic Shakespeare reading series sounds ‘utterly intriguing’.  Consider yourself invited, BBC America!