What's Playing

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San Francisco Shakespeare Festival is best known for our summer Free Shakespeare in the Park production, and we have other performances year-round, including our professional tour, student performances, staged readings, and special guest presentations.

Twelfth Night

Shakespeare’s heartfelt comedy Twelfth Night follows the journeys of castaway twins who are separated in an unfamiliar land. One of Shakespeare's greatest heroines, Viola, makes profound discoveries about the nature of love, loss and identity. SF Shakes Education Director, Carl Holvick stages this 55-minute show, performed in Shakespeare’s original text. Touring from October 2016-April 2017 - see a public performance near you.


In 2017, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival celebrates 35 years as the Bay Area’s acclaimed provider of free and accessible Shakespeare performances and education programs. For this historic year, SF Shakes will present Hamlet for the first time at Free Shakespeare in the Park. The play, about the questionable succession of King Claudius to the throne of Denmark over his nephew Prince Hamlet, speaks strongly about disenfranchisement, frustration, and the need for action during troubled times. Directed by Stephen Muterspaugh and featuring Davern Wright as Hamlet.

35 Famous Speeches in 35 Famous Places

In 2017, SF Shakes will present a series of free, short, site-specific performances celebrating the Festival’s 35-year history in San Francisco. From February to August 2017, culminating in the opening performances of Hamlet in San Francisco, SF Shakes artists will perform familiar and beloved speeches from Shakespeare’s plays in venues throughout the city. There will be a kick-off event on February 16 at 6 pm at the Presidio Officers’ Club, sharing the first five speeches and a look back at 35 years of performing Shakespeare free in the parks.

The Little Princess

Sara Crewe comes from India to Miss Minchin's boarding school in London. In this faithful adaptation of the classic story by Frances Hodgson Burnett, Sara has to deal with mean girls, harsh teachers, tragedy and misery. Fortunately, Sara is a gifted storyteller who can make the best of her situation. A co-production with the City of Los Altos. Directed by Anne Yumi Kobori. Performances March 10-26 at the Bus Barn Theatre, 97 Hillview Ave in Los Altos.


For the first time, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival is joining with the City of Cupertino to present a youth production of Ramayana. Children aged 8-18 will join professional theatre artists to tell the epic story of Prince Rama, who joins forces with Hanuman the flying monkey to rescue his love Princess Sita from the evil Demon King Ravana. Based on the classic Hindu legend. Directed by Rebecca J. Ennals. Auditions March 14, 2017, performances May 19-21 at the Quinlan Center.