We’re happy to announce our 2016 summer tour, with a few new communities added!
Follow the link for each production to view cast list and more info.


Adapted and directed by Doug Farren

Friday, June 17: PEACE Park, Coventry Neighborhood, Cleveland Heights
Saturday, June 18: Tri-C West Campus, Parma Heights
Sunday, June 19: Penitentiary Glen Nature Center, Kirtland

Friday, June 24: Community Colonnade, Shaker Heights
Saturday, June 25: Lakewood Park, Lakewood
Sunday, June 26: Stocker Arts Center, Lorain County Community College, Elyria

Friday, July 1:  Notre Dame College, South Euclid
Saturday, July 2: James A. Garfield Historic Site, Mentor
Sunday, July 3: Lincoln Park, Cleveland


Adapted and directed by Allan Byrne
Click a venue to open in Google Maps:

Friday, July 22: PEACE Park, Coventry Neighborhood, Cleveland Heights
Saturday, July 23: Grove Amphitheater, Mayfield Village
Sunday, July 24: Bedford Public Square, Bedford

Friday, July 29: Tri-C West Campus, Parma Heights
Saturday, July 30: Lakewood Park, Lakewood
Sunday, July 31: Sims Park, Euclid

Friday, August 5: Cahoon Park West, Bay Village
Saturday, August 6: Lincoln Park, Cleveland
Sunday, August 7: Lincoln Park, Cleveland

All performances begin at 7pm and are presented FREE OF CHARGE
Bring a blanket or low-slung chair

Open Mic Shakespeare – July 2nd & 30th – CYMBELINE

Last month, we followed the Bard to a mysterious island in the Mediterranean! This month, we land in the United Kingdom—BEFORE it was united. In “Cymbeline”, Shakespeare weaves a tale of two lands, Rome and Britain, who’s respective people are questioning the relative meaning of “love and honor”.

Due to the play’s length, we’ll be reading the first half of it this month and the second half of it next month.

Open Mic Shakespeare is an ongoing play-reading series brought to you by The Cleveland Shakespeare Festival. One day each month, we invite anyone and everyone to stop in and read a Shakespeare play with us, at a cool spot in the Greater Cleveland area.

This month, we’ll be meeting twice, Saturday July 2nd and Saturday July 30th, 2-4:30pm, at the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Lee Rd. Public Library, Meeting Room B. Like our classic summer performance season, entry to Open Mic Shakespeare is absolutely free, now and forever.

Open Mic Shakespeare is BYOB (Bring Your Own Bard) – we’ll have some copies available, but if you have a copy please bring it!

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

July 22-24:
Chance of rain is currently 20% or below each night. However, in case of rain:

Friday: alternate rain space is Ensemble Theatre (2843 Washington Blvd)
Saturday: we will perform at the Grove rain or shine
Sunday: alternate rain space is the Community Hall (Old Baptist Church) immediately adjacent to the Commons.

Listen to WCLV interview with TIMON OF ATHENS director David Hansen and lead actor Luke Brett

WCLV 104.9 FM afternoon host Mark Satola interviewed David and Luke about THE LIFE OF TIMON OF ATHENS and CSF.  Have a listen!

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!