Ohio Shakespeare Festival

Ohio Shakespeare Festival From Stan Hywet to Greystone, Ohio Shakes performs live professional theatre in Akron's richest cultural venues. The Ohio Shakespeare Festival regards the actors, the script, and the audience as the quintessential elements of the theatre.

As a professional theatre company, we are dedicated to articulating the inherently theatrical components of Shakespeare and his fellow playwrights throughout the ages in a manner that enables the collected imaginations of the artists to meet the collective imagination of the audience in a public celebration that transforms the world in which we live. Don't read Shakespeare--see Shakespeare LIVE.

Operating as usual

Rats! Lost last night's performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream to rain, but look how gorgeous tonight will be.If you n...
08/14/2021

Rats! Lost last night's performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream to rain, but look how gorgeous tonight will be.

If you need to reschedule rain tickets for free, just call us at 330-5-SHAKES and we can easily make that happen.

Rats! Lost last night's performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream to rain, but look how gorgeous tonight will be.

If you need to reschedule rain tickets for free, just call us at 330-5-SHAKES and we can easily make that happen.

08/11/2021
Praise for MIDSUMMER

Here is just a snapshot of the steady stream of praise from critics and audience members for A Midsummer Night's Dream. We hope you'll join us for our last two weekends under the stars and in-person.

ohioshakespeare.com/midsummer or 330-5-SHAKES

Audience member @nonsensesinger drew these excellent images of company member Hannah Storch in her Greenshow and A Midsu...
08/08/2021

Audience member @nonsensesinger drew these excellent images of company member Hannah Storch in her Greenshow and A Midsummer Night's Dream costumes. We love it!

One more performance tonight, and then only a couple weekends left to see the magic.

www.ohioshakespeare.com/midsummer or 330-5-SHAKES

#ohioshakesmidsummer

Audience member @nonsensesinger drew these excellent images of company member Hannah Storch in her Greenshow and A Midsummer Night's Dream costumes. We love it!

One more performance tonight, and then only a couple weekends left to see the magic.

www.ohioshakespeare.com/midsummer or 330-5-SHAKES

#ohioshakesmidsummer

SPARKNOTES is consistently one of the best pages we follow.Catch up on your sleep this weekend and be well rested for th...
08/06/2021

SPARKNOTES is consistently one of the best pages we follow.

Catch up on your sleep this weekend and be well rested for the show. Selling out!

www.ohioshakespeare.com/midsummer

SPARKNOTES is consistently one of the best pages we follow.

Catch up on your sleep this weekend and be well rested for the show. Selling out!

www.ohioshakespeare.com/midsummer

A Midsummer Night's Dream has three more weekends of performances. We start back up in our magical forest tonight!www.oh...
08/05/2021

A Midsummer Night's Dream has three more weekends of performances. We start back up in our magical forest tonight!

www.ohioshakespeare.com/midsummer or 330-5-SHAKES

A Midsummer Night's Dream has three more weekends of performances. We start back up in our magical forest tonight!

www.ohioshakespeare.com/midsummer or 330-5-SHAKES

08/04/2021

Just under an hour before Ryan and Buddy talk about absolutely nothing important!
FB Live 7pm

08/02/2021

I have it on good authority that Ryan & Buddy will be Just Chatting on Wednesday at 7p.
Come hang out! - AQ

He may be regal and vengeful, but we dare you not to laugh when he finds out that Titania "straightway loved an ass."A M...
08/01/2021

He may be regal and vengeful, but we dare you not to laugh when he finds out that Titania "straightway loved an ass."

A Midsummer Night's Dream plays tonight, and runs through August 22. But tickets are really selling--so get them now at www.ohioshakespeare.com/midsummer

He may be regal and vengeful, but we dare you not to laugh when he finds out that Titania "straightway loved an ass."

A Midsummer Night's Dream plays tonight, and runs through August 22. But tickets are really selling--so get them now at www.ohioshakespeare.com/midsummer

This pic taken from under the trap is just a taste of the content you'll get from Michelle Levinson, our Stage Manager f...
07/31/2021

This pic taken from under the trap is just a taste of the content you'll get from Michelle Levinson, our Stage Manager for A Midsummer Night's Dream.

She and her backstage crew are taking over the insta story all night! Be sure to follow @ohioshakes

Photo credit: Ashley Dyer

This pic taken from under the trap is just a taste of the content you'll get from Michelle Levinson, our Stage Manager for A Midsummer Night's Dream.

She and her backstage crew are taking over the insta story all night! Be sure to follow @ohioshakes

Photo credit: Ashley Dyer

There are THREE new dates on which you can see A Midsummer Night's Dream! August 19, 21, and 22.We've had more sold-out ...
07/30/2021

There are THREE new dates on which you can see A Midsummer Night's Dream! August 19, 21, and 22.

We've had more sold-out performances than not, so get those tickets soon!

Tickets at www.ohioshakespeare.com/midsummer or 330-5-SHAKES

There are THREE new dates on which you can see A Midsummer Night's Dream! August 19, 21, and 22.

We've had more sold-out performances than not, so get those tickets soon!

Tickets at www.ohioshakespeare.com/midsummer or 330-5-SHAKES

A little behind-the-scenes press from Akron Beacon Journal for Ohio Shakespeare Festival's newest (and littlest) company...
07/29/2021

A little behind-the-scenes press from Akron Beacon Journal for Ohio Shakespeare Festival's newest (and littlest) company member: Zelda Zarecki.

"Pandemic babies bring new life to Akron theater couples... Zelda Zarecki was born March 21 at Akron City Hospital, when Burgler was 37 weeks along in her pregnancy...the name means 'Battle Maiden'..."

Full Article Here: https://bit.ly/3j48epg

P.S. Zelda highly recommends the Greenshow at 7:30 each night before A Midsummer Night's Dream

Photo credit: Akron Beacon Journal

A little behind-the-scenes press from Akron Beacon Journal for Ohio Shakespeare Festival's newest (and littlest) company member: Zelda Zarecki.

"Pandemic babies bring new life to Akron theater couples... Zelda Zarecki was born March 21 at Akron City Hospital, when Burgler was 37 weeks along in her pregnancy...the name means 'Battle Maiden'..."

Full Article Here: https://bit.ly/3j48epg

P.S. Zelda highly recommends the Greenshow at 7:30 each night before A Midsummer Night's Dream

Photo credit: Akron Beacon Journal

**EDIT: These events are now SOLD OUT! Huzzah!**Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens is hosting a Shakespearean dinner party before...
07/25/2021

**EDIT: These events are now SOLD OUT! Huzzah!**

Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens is hosting a Shakespearean dinner party before two performances of A Midsummer Night's Dream! Round out your magical evening with a feast before the festivities.

Details and reservations here: https://www.stanhywet.org/events/shakespeare-dinner

**EDIT: These events are now SOLD OUT! Huzzah!**

Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens is hosting a Shakespearean dinner party before two performances of A Midsummer Night's Dream! Round out your magical evening with a feast before the festivities.

Details and reservations here: https://www.stanhywet.org/events/shakespeare-dinner

A Midsummer Night's Dream last night sold out; fewer than 10 tickets available for tomorrow; lots of other nights fillin...
07/23/2021

A Midsummer Night's Dream last night sold out; fewer than 10 tickets available for tomorrow; lots of other nights filling up, too.

Don't miss this funny, accessible show!

ohioshakespeare.com/midsummer or 330-5-SHAKES

A Midsummer Night's Dream last night sold out; fewer than 10 tickets available for tomorrow; lots of other nights filling up, too.

Don't miss this funny, accessible show!

ohioshakespeare.com/midsummer or 330-5-SHAKES

Another excellent review for A Midsummer Night's Dream.Sold out tonight--get your tickets for future nights soon.Full ar...
07/22/2021

Another excellent review for A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Sold out tonight--get your tickets for future nights soon.

Full article: https://www.beaconjournal.com/story/entertainment/arts/2021/07/21/broad-comedy-soars-midsummer-nights-dream-after-wet-start-stan-hywet/8023211002/

Another excellent review for A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Sold out tonight--get your tickets for future nights soon.

Full article: https://www.beaconjournal.com/story/entertainment/arts/2021/07/21/broad-comedy-soars-midsummer-nights-dream-after-wet-start-stan-hywet/8023211002/

Read the entire article by clicking the link below, and get your tickets soon--Thursday night is already sold out, and s...
07/21/2021

Read the entire article by clicking the link below, and get your tickets soon--Thursday night is already sold out, and several other nights are on its heels!

https://www.news-herald.com/2021/07/20/ohio-shakespeare-festivals-a-midsummer-nights-dream-at-late-summer-vision-in-akron-theater-review/

Tickets: ohioshakespeare.com/midsummer or 330-5-SHAKES

Read the entire article by clicking the link below, and get your tickets soon--Thursday night is already sold out, and several other nights are on its heels!

https://www.news-herald.com/2021/07/20/ohio-shakespeare-festivals-a-midsummer-nights-dream-at-late-summer-vision-in-akron-theater-review/

Tickets: ohioshakespeare.com/midsummer or 330-5-SHAKES

Two sold out (minus social distance seats) last weekend, and several more sell out dates coming up. Get those tickets to...
07/19/2021

Two sold out (minus social distance seats) last weekend, and several more sell out dates coming up.

Get those tickets to A Midsummer Night's Dream ASAP.

ohioshakespeare.com/midsummer or 330-5-SHAKES

Photo credit: Patron on Preview Night!

Two sold out (minus social distance seats) last weekend, and several more sell out dates coming up.

Get those tickets to A Midsummer Night's Dream ASAP.

ohioshakespeare.com/midsummer or 330-5-SHAKES

Photo credit: Patron on Preview Night!

Fun fact about this year's Greenshow: it's entirely made up of never-before-heard original music by our very own Scott M...
07/18/2021

Fun fact about this year's Greenshow: it's entirely made up of never-before-heard original music by our very own Scott McKenna Campbell (aka Puck). It's not to be missed--7:30 before MIDSUMMER begins.

www.ohioshakespeare.com/midsummer

Photos by Scott Custer

Boo rain on opening night! Yay for tonight's forecast! Call 330-5-SHAKES if you had tix last night for a free reschedule...
07/17/2021

Boo rain on opening night! Yay for tonight's forecast!

Call 330-5-SHAKES if you had tix last night for a free reschedule.

Boo rain on opening night! Yay for tonight's forecast!

Call 330-5-SHAKES if you had tix last night for a free reschedule.

Photos from Ohio Shakespeare Festival's post
07/16/2021

Photos from Ohio Shakespeare Festival's post

07/14/2021
A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream opens Friday, under the stars in the enchanted forest of Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens.

Enjoy the beautiful trailer by Flat Egg Productions and get tickets soon--they are selling fast! www.ohioshakespeare.com/midsummer or 330-5-SHAKES

07/07/2021
Fairyland at Stan Hywet Hall...

How lucky are we to have our own fairyland at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens? We can't think of a better place to produce A Midsummer Night's Dream.

We open on the 15th.

ohioshakespeare.com/midsummer or 330-5-SHAKES

More merch teasers! Get yours at A Midsummer Night's Dream. And don't wait to get those tickets--selling quickly!And fin...
07/06/2021

More merch teasers! Get yours at A Midsummer Night's Dream. And don't wait to get those tickets--selling quickly!

And find more incredible Shakespeare-themed art at True Edge Art (www.trueedgeart.com)

For our 20th anniversary, and to celebrate the rebirth of live theatre all across the world, we decided some seriously c...
07/01/2021

For our 20th anniversary, and to celebrate the rebirth of live theatre all across the world, we decided some seriously cool merch was in order for summer 2021.

True Edge Art created a custom image for our A Midsummer Night's Dream. Notice a familiar stage? That fuzzy donkey ear? All the flowers mentioned in Titania's bower? (And even those darn Canada geese who p**p on our stage every afternoon?)

Look for this image on hoodies, tees, and tanks at the show this year. Huzzah!

For our 20th anniversary, and to celebrate the rebirth of live theatre all across the world, we decided some seriously cool merch was in order for summer 2021.

True Edge Art created a custom image for our A Midsummer Night's Dream. Notice a familiar stage? That fuzzy donkey ear? All the flowers mentioned in Titania's bower? (And even those darn Canada geese who p**p on our stage every afternoon?)

Look for this image on hoodies, tees, and tanks at the show this year. Huzzah!

Happy Juneteenth. How will you celebrate?
06/19/2021

Happy Juneteenth. How will you celebrate?

06/10/2021

Ryan and Buddy have to beg off of Just Chatting tonight. We are both mentally swamped trying to get things ready for the summer and Buddy trying to wrap a few things up before he travels.

A little sneak peek at the creation of some A Midsummer Night's Dream faeries by our resident magician Marty LaconteJuly...
06/08/2021

A little sneak peek at the creation of some A Midsummer Night's Dream faeries by our resident magician Marty Laconte

July 15-August 15
www.ohioshakespeare.com/midsummer
or
330-5-SHAKES

06/01/2021

Chatting with Ryan and Buddy moved to
June 10 at 7pm!

This NYT comic hits home hard this year. Can’t wait to be back outdoors doing Shakespeare.MIDSUMMER tix on sale in one w...
05/25/2021

This NYT comic hits home hard this year. Can’t wait to be back outdoors doing Shakespeare.

MIDSUMMER tix on sale in one week.

330-5-SHAKES or www.ohioshakespeare.com/midsummer

This NYT comic hits home hard this year. Can’t wait to be back outdoors doing Shakespeare.

MIDSUMMER tix on sale in one week.

330-5-SHAKES or www.ohioshakespeare.com/midsummer

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The Ohio Shakespeare Festival regards the actors, the script, and the audience as the quintessential elements of the theatre. As a professional theatre company, we are dedicated to articulating the inherently theatrical components of Shakespeare and his fellow playwrights throughout the ages in a manner that enables the collected imaginations of the artists to meet the collective imagination of the audience in a public celebration that transforms the world in which we live.

For 17 years, Ohio Shakes has performed professional, accessible, and exciting Shakespeare outdoors at historic Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens. In 2016, we added an indoor stage at beautiful Greystone Hall in the heart of Downtown Akron. Between our indoor and outdoor stages, we bring to life Shakespeare, his contemporaries, and classic musicals year-round in Akron, Ohio.

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