Shakespearean Theatre Companies

Editor Recommendations | Regional and Independents | Collected Links and Associations

The following links to theatrical companies specializing in Shakespearean productions are provided:

Editor Recommendations

Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Chicago Shakespeare Theater is Chicago's professional theater dedicated to the works of William Shakespeare.
Illinois Shakespeare Festival
The Illinois Shakespeare Festival is known nationally in the theatre community as one of the top Shakespeare Festivals. The Illinois Office of Tourism nominated the Illinois Shakespeare Festival as one of the top 120 attractions in the country.
Open Air Theatre
Since 1932, the Open Air Theatre at Regent's Park in London has become an established and much-loved highlight of Park life and of London's theatrical calendar.
Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Based in Ashland, Oregon, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival is the largest rotating repertory company in the US, operating since 1935.
Royal Shakespeare Company
The RSC is probably the most famous classical theatre company in the world. This site has all the latest information on current and future productions, ticket sales, merchandising as well as press and educational resources.
Shakespeare in Central Park
Founded by Joe Papp, the New York Shakespeare Festival's "Shakespeare in Central Park" season has been a premier summer theater since 1962.
Shakespeare's Globe Online
Founded by the pioneering American actor/director Sam Wanamaker, Shakespeare's Globe is a unique international resource dedicated to the exploration of Shakespeare's work, and the playhouse for which he wrote, through the connected means of education and performance.
The Shakespeare Theatre
Since its founding in 1986, The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, DC, has dedicated itself to becoming the nation's premier classic theatre.
The Stratford Festival of Canada
Stratford, Ontario is the home of the largest classical repertory theatre in North America. It draws audiences of more than 600,000 each year.
Utah Shakespeare Festival
The Utah Shakespearean Festival, which won the 2000 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre, presents nine plays each year from June through October.

Regional and Independents

Aesthetic Realism Theatre Company
The Aesthetic Realism Theatre Company presents talks by Eli Siegel, founder of the philosophy Aesthetic Realism, on Shakespearean and other literary works.
African-American Shakespeare Company
Based in San Francisco, the African-American Shakespeare Company's mission is to present European classical works within an African-American cultural context.
Alabama Shakespeare Festival
The Alabama Shakespeare Festival, located in Montgomery—Alabama's state capital—is a fully professional regional theatre that produces around ten productions each season. Productions of Shakespeare are at the artistic core of the company.
American Shakespeare Center
Originally the Shenandoah Shakespeare Express, the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, Virginia seeks to make Shakespeare, the joys of theatre and language, and the communal experience of the Renaissance stage accessible to all.
Annapolis Shakespeare Company
The Annapolis Shakespeare Company has quickly become a standard bearer for an exceptional theatre experience while continuing to offer an outstanding educational program for students of all ages.
Arizona Classical Theatre
Founded in Prescott, Arizona in 1998, and home to the Arizona Shakespeare Festival.
Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre
Based in Conway, The Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre produces vibrant, engaging, lively and provocative performances for all Arkansans.
Bath Shakespeare Festival
The Bath Shakespeare Festival in Maine is a professional, non-profit theatre committed to producing Shakespeare's plays at the highest artistic level, using professional actors.
California Shakespeare Theater
Established in the Siesta Valley in 1973, the California Shakespeare Theater produces classical works set against a beautiful backdrop of rolling East Bay hills and summer sky.
Chesapeake Shakespeare Company
Chesapeake Shakespeare Company is known for engaging and entertaining audiences in unique and intimate performance environments, and for making opportunities for conversations among audiences, artists and the wider community.
Colorado Shakespeare Festival
The Colorado Shakespeare Festival is a professional theatre company in association with the University of Colorado Boulder. Since 1958 the festival has celebrated and explored Shakespeare and his continuing influence and vitality through productions of superior artistic quality, education and community engagement.
Commonwealth Shakespeare Company
Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (CSC) is dedicated to performing the works of William Shakespeare in vital and contemporary productions that are presented free of charge to Boston's diverse communities, and to educating Boston's youth.
Connecticut Free Shakespeare
Founded in 2000, Connecticut Free Shakespeare is a professional non-profit theater company that produces free public performances of classical theater with a 21st-century sensibility.
Dead Playwrights Repertory
This classical repertory company in Haddonfield, New Jersey, is dedicated to reviving the works of dead playwrights and breathing new life into them.
Delaware Shakespeare Festival
The Delaware Shakespeare Festival creates professional theatre and educational programs for residents and friends of the State of Delaware. DSF is proud to be in residence at historic Rockwood Park in Wilmington, Delaware.
Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre
Starting with a performance alongside the Chena River in downtown Fairbanks, Alaska in 1992, the Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre has grown into a year-round producing and international-touring theatre company.
Flint Hills Shakespeare Festival
The premiere outdoor Shakespeare Festival of the Flint Hills in Kansas.
Garfield Shakespeare Company
This Indianapolis-based non-profit theatre is the proud provider of the long-loved "Shakespeare in Garfield Park."
Georgia Shakespeare
A not-for-profit repertory theatre in Atlanta dedicated to producing the works of William Shakespeare and other enduring authors.
Shakespeare in the Park in Seattle. GreenStage presents classic plays in a manner accessible to all.
Harborside Shakespeare Company
The Harborside Shakespeare Company (HSC) seeks to keep the works of William Shakespeare and other classical playwrights relevant and accessible to contemporary audiences throughout Downeast Maine.
Hawaii Shakespeare Festival
The Hawaii Shakespeare Festival was founded in 2002 and performs every summer at the Paliku Theatre at Windward Community College.
Heart of America Shakespeare Festival
Heart of America Shakespeare Festival presents free professional productions in Southmoreland Park.
Hip to Hip Theatre Company
Primarily serving New York City’s Queens County, Hip to Hip Theatre Company's mission is to stimulate and develop interest in the theatre arts by presenting free, family-friendly, professional productions of popular classics in public spaces.
Hudson Shakespeare Company
Established in 1992, the Hudson Shakespeare Company produces a yearly summer in the parks touring program of Shakespeare plays and other classical titles hitting locations in northern New Jersey and Stratford, Connecticut.
Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival
The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival in Garrison, New York, produces critically acclaimed shows that challenge, inspire and demystify the great works of William Shakespeare.
Idaho Shakespeare Festival
Idaho's premier professional repertory theatre company performs Shakespeare in a world-class, outdoor amphitheatre beside the Boise River.
Iowa Shakespeare Experience
Central Iowa's only professional Shakespeare company, producing a year-round schedule that features a free summer festival.
Kentucky Shakespeare Festival
Founded in 1949, the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival is the oldest free festival in the U.S.
MaineStage Shakespeare
MaineStage Shakespeare is an outdoor summer repertory theater on the Maine coast that breathes new life into the classics.
Manhattan Shakespeare Project
Manhattan Shakespeare Project is Columbia University's newest all-female Shakespeare company.
Marin Shakespeare Company
Marin Shakespeare Company offers professional summer Shakespearean theatre performances from July through September and year-round education and outreach programs.
Michigan Shakespeare Festival
The Michigan Shakespeare Festival has been presenting the timeless themes and glorious language of William Shakespeare since 1995, growing each year into a premier regional event.
Montford Park Players
Since 1973, The Montford Park Players' purpose is to bring Shakespeare and other classic plays to the mountains of Western North Carolina, free of charge.
Mountain Shakespeare Festival
The Mountain Shakespeare Festival is a theater company at the top of the Grapevine in Frazier Park, California that strives to offer the finest of entertainment in the midst of the mountains.
The New American Shakespeare Tavern
America's only Shakespeare Tavern®: An Original Practice Playhouse® with a British-Pub menu available before each performance.
New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane
The New Orleans Shakespeare Festival is a professional theatre company housed at Tulane University, one of the south's most prestigious academic institutions.
A Noise Within
ANW's mission is to perform and educate the public on great works of world drama in rotating repertory using a company of professional, classically trained actors.
North Carolina Shakespeare Festival
Designated by The North Carolina State Legislature as The State Shakespeare Festival, NCSF has been producing the world's great classics, particularly the works of William Shakespeare, since 1977.
Orlando Shakespeare Theater
The Orlando Shakespeare Theater produces bold professional theater, develops new plays, and provides innovative educational experiences that enrich our community.
Richmond Shakespeare Festival
The Richmond Shakespeare Festival's mission is to produce and promote a high-quality annual Shakespeare festival, including theatrical performances and educational opportunities, based in Richmond, Indiana.
Shakespeare & Company
Minnesota's longest-running outdoor classical repertory theatre, performing Shakespeare and other classical plays in an informal picnic atmosphere.
The Shakespeare Project of Chicago
The Shakespeare Project of Chicago is the only free Shakespeare company in Chicago using all members of the Actors Equity Association.
The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey
The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey is the state's only professional theatre company dedicated to the presentation of Shakespeare's canon and other classic dramatic entertainments for the cultural enrichment of the community.
The Wales Millennium Centre
The Wales Millennium Centre Arts centre housing theatres for musicals, opera, ballet and dance, as well as cafes and arts organisations. Includes information about the building, organisations based there, news and what's on.
Wichita Shakespeare Company
Wichita Shakespeare Company presents the Shakespeare in the Park series each summer, free of charge, in parks in the Wichita area.
Woman's Will Theater Collective
Woman's Will, the Bay Area's all-female Shakespeare company, exists to provide opportunities for women and girls to work together in a supportive yet challenging environment, to entertain and educate through high quality classes and performances, and to expand the boundaries in which audiences and artists see themselves.

Collected Links and Associations

Curtain Rising!—Shakespeare Festivals
Curtain Rising! is the best organized collection of live theatre links on the web.
League of Resident Theatres
LORT is the largest professional theatre association of its kind in the United States, with 74 member Theatres located in every major market in the U.S., including 29 states and the District of Columbia.
NEA: Shakespeare in American Communities
The National Endowment for the Arts maintains a list of exemplary, professional, not-for-profit groups with substantial performing experience as part of its Shakespeare for a New Generation program.
Shakespeare Theatre Association of America
The STAA was established to provide a forum for the artistic and managerial leadership of theatres whose central activity is the production of Shakespeare’s plays. Their membership directory provides links to a multitude of regional Shakespearean theatres.
Southeastern Theatre Conference
The Southeastern Theatre Conference is a dynamic membership organization, serving a diverse constituency and reaching out across 10 states in the southeast region of the United States and beyond.
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