60 days. 14 festivals. 10,000 miles. 38 productions. Hundreds of Interviews discovering
why Shakespeare matters to the people of North America.

Washington DC,

Sidney Harman Hall610 F Street NW, Washington, DC


Kansas City , MISSOURI

Southmoreland Park Southmoreland Park, Kansas City
July 5th & 6th at 8pm


New Orleans, LOUISIANA

Tulane University Tulane University
July 11


Winedale, TEXAS

The University of Texas in Austin208 W 21st Street Austin, Texas 78712
July 13


Cedar City, UTAH

Randall L. Jones Theatre351 W. Center Street Cedar City, UT 84720
July 17th



Theatricum Botanicum1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd. Topanga, CA 90290
July 26th


Ashland, OREGON

Allen Elizabethan Theatre15 S. Pioneer Street Ashland, OR 97520
July 29


Bozeman, MONTANA

Lindley Park, Bozeman 424 E Main St, Bozeman, MT 59715
August 3


Bailey's Harbor, WISCONSIN

Door Shakespeare7590 Boynton Ln Baileys Harbor, WI 54202
August 6th



Chicago Shakespeare Theater800 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
August 8th


Harlem, NEW YORK

Hosack Hall1216 Fifth Avenue
August 11th



Tina Packer Playhouse70 Kemble Street, Lenox MA, 01240
August 17th


Stratford, ONTARIO

Festival Theatre55 Queen St. Stratford, ON N5A 4M9
August 20th


Nashville, TENNESSEE

NPT Arts Center161 Rains Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203
August 23rd


Staunton, VIRGINIA

The Blackfriars Playhouse10 S. Market Street Staunton, VA 24401
August 27th


Shakespeare on the Road

14 North American Festivals … one remarkable summer

Fasten your seatbelts and join us as we celebrate William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday on a road trip to 14 Shakespeare festivals all around North America in one remarkable summer. We will be taking the pulse of Shakespeare in the communities that – year in, year out – give him fresh life.

In July and August, our team will visit a range of Shakespeare festivals across the length and breadth of the US (with one notable Canadian incursion). We touch down on the 4th July at the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival in Kansas City and end in Washington DC in early September. Over 60 days, we’ll travel roughly 10,000 miles, see dozens of Shakespeare productions and meet hundreds of the people who – year in, year out – make Shakespeare happen across the continent.

As we travel, we will be gathering material for a book, podcasts and a radio programme. The road trip will be mapped on here with interviews, photos and short blogs to give a sense of the journey as it unfolds.

“I’m thrilled to hear of your undertaking the strenuous and brilliant idea of Shakespeare on the Road. I’ve spent the past three years reflecting on Shakespeare in America and one of the things I learned in the course of my research is that the Shakespeare festivals that stretch across my homeland are, and for many decades have been, at the heart of Shakespeare in America. Yet their story remains untold and for the most part unknown. Your project will not only be a boon to scholars, but also a major contribution to public awareness, on both sides of the Atlantic. You have my thanks and support in pursuing this wonderful story.”

James Shapiro

James Shapiro
Larry Miller Professor of English
Columbia University

Photo Recaps

Visual Recaps of the Journey on the Road

Notes from the Road

Anecdotes and Updates from the Journey

Expert Podcasts

Insights into the relationship between Shakespeare and American culture

Actor Insights

Actors tell us why one of the lines they’ll be speaking this summer means so much to them.

Thought for the Day

Reflections on the rich relationship between America and Shakespeare

Shakespeare Festivals

Updates and Interviews with our Partner Festivals

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Expert Podcasts

'Shakespeare is the best of us'

Our visit to the Stratford Festival could not be complete without interviewing Antoni. He...

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Actor Insights

Living the Dream

We’d just left a truly ebullient and exuberant production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream...

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Notes from the Road

Festive Education

Pat Quigley was Director of Education for the Stratford Festival for thirty years and...

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Lenox Rose

This Rose trips softly through our deepest night, Whispering her truths from Shakespeare’s day;...

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Tonight theatre in Canada has changed forever!

Laura Pogson recalls how her parents had ‘theatre guests’ staying in their home in...


Follow our journey across North America in search of Shakespeare