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2017 Summer Touring Schedule

Adapted and Directed by Lisa Ortenzi

Friday, June 16: PEACE Park, Cleveland Hts
Saturday, June 17: Notre Dame College, South Euclid
Sunday, June 18: Bedford Commons, Bedford
Friday, June 23: Salvation Army Community Center, East Cleveland
Saturday, June 24: Lakewood Park
Sunday, June 25: Public Square, Downtown Cleveland
Friday, June 30: Tri-C Western Campus, Parma
Saturday, July 1: Garfield Historic Site, Mentor
Sunday, July 2: Lincoln Park, Tremont

Adapted and Directed by Tyson Douglas Rand

Friday, July 21: PEACE Park, Cleveland Hts
Saturday, July 22: TBA
Sunday, July 23: Grove Amphitheater, Mayfield Village
Friday, July 28: Notre Dame College, South Euclid
Saturday, July 29: Lakewood Park
Sunday, July 30: Wildwood Cultural Center, Mentor
Friday, August 4: Sims Park, Euclid
Saturday, August 5: Cahoon Park, Bay Village
Sunday, August 6: Lincoln Park, Tremont

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

Sweet and Twenty – A Benefit for CleveShakes!

“Then come kiss me, sweet and twenty.
Youth’s a stuff will not endure” – Twelfth Night

Please join us on Sunday, May 21 from 5-8pm to enjoy a few delectables, reminisce and celebrate 20 years of FREE OUTDOOR SHAKESPEARE in Cleveland!

Speakeasy at Bier Markt
1948 W 25th St
Sunday May 21 5-8pm

$25 per person

If you can’t attend, please consider making a donation to help make our 20th Anniversary season a success!

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!


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

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

We make every effort to perform outdoors, but if weather intervenes, we do have alternate locations.

Friday, August 5: Cahoon Park West, Bay Village
Alternate indoor space is Bay United Methodist Church at 29931 Lake Rd.

Saturday, August 6 & Sunday, August 7: Lincoln Park, Tremont
Alternate indoor space is Pilgrim Congregational Church, 2592 W 14th

Check back to this page around 6pm on the performance night for updates.

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!