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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.

Romeo and Juliet

This classic tale is as relevant today as it was in Shakespeare’s time. The action of the story is easily understood and provides an excellent introduction to both Shakespeare and drama that will be appreciated on a variety of levels. Its swash-buckling action scenes and poetic language will engage audiences of all ages! SF Shakes Resident Artist Carla Pantoja, directs this exciting and poignant tale of star-crossed romance, performed in Shakespeare’s original text. Touring from October 2017-April 2018. 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 Nathaniel Andalis 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.


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. Enrollment deadline is August 7th; performances are October 13-15 at the Quinlan Community Center, 10185 N. Stelling Road, Cupertino.