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

#FreeForAll

Kansas City , MISSOURI

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

#kcshakes

New Orleans, LOUISIANA

Tulane University Tulane University
July 11

#bardintheusa

Winedale, TEXAS

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

#bardintheusa

Cedar City, UTAH

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

#usf2014

Topanga, CALIFORNIA

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

#theatricumshakes

Ashland, OREGON

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

#bardintheusa

Bozeman, MONTANA

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

#msip2014

Bailey's Harbor, WISCONSIN

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

#bardintheusa

Chicago, ILLINOIS

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

#chitownbard

Harlem, NEW YORK

Hosack Hall1216 Fifth Avenue
August 11th

#HARLEMSHAKES13

Lenox, MASSACHUSETTS

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

#shakeandco

Stratford, ONTARIO

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

#stratfest

Nashville, TENNESSEE

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

#AYLI14

Staunton, VIRGINIA

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

#ASCRenSeason

Shakespeare on the Road

14 North American Festivals and Theatre Companies … one remarkable summer

‘Shakespeare on the Road’ is the story of Shakespeare in contemporary North America told through an epic road trip in the summer of 2014.

In July and August, our team visited a range of Shakespeare festivals across the length and breadth of the US (with one notable Canadian incursion). We touched down on the 4th July at the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival in Kansas City and ended in Washington DC in early September. Over 63 days, we traveled over 10,000 miles (mostly by road), saw 42 Shakespeare productions and interviewed hundreds of the people who – year in, year out – make Shakespeare happen across the continent. 

The material we gathered will be used for multiple outcomes: podcasts, radio and online documentaries, a co-authored book and solo-authored chapters and case studies. The road trip was mapped on this digital platform with roughly one hundred interviews, photos and short blogs to give a sense of the journey as it unfolded. Although we’re now back in the old world, the fun continues online as in the days and weeks ahead we will continue to upload interviews and impressions from the final weeks of the road trip.

The easiest way to get an overview of the website’s content is to click on ‘Shakespeare Festivals’ in the bottom right box below; on each company or festival’s page you will see hyperlinks to all the postings pertaining to the visit.

The project was managed by Dr Susan Brock (University of Warwick) and the traveling team consisted of: Dr Paul Edmondson (Head of Research and Knowledge at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Stratford-upon-Avon),  AJ Leon (Founder and Chief Maker of Trouble at Misfit), Melissa Leon (Chief of Staff at Misfit) and Dr Paul Prescott (Reader in English at the University of Warwick, UK), upon whose original idea the project is based.

“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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'In Shakespeare's Steps'

In posting this last poem from the Road, written while we were towards the...

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What would Shakespeare do?

In this interview with the Co-Founder of the American Shakespeare Center and its Artistic...

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Infectious Enthusiasm

The American Shakespeare Center has a flourishing education programme which is based at the...

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Actor-Centricity!

It was pleasure to meet with Glenn and Sara, Residential and Touring Troupe Managers...

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Actors’ Voices from the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre

Greg Vinkler on Falstaff’s self-awareness and on being visited by the fat knight in...

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Life at the Blackfriars

Our time with the last of our fourteen partners, The American Shakespeare Center at...

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Energetic, Connecting Shakespeare

Denice Hicks is the Artistic Director of the Nashville Shakespeare Festival. It was our...

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