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The Michigan Shakespeare Festival


The Michigan Shakespeare Festival is the premier regional event for those who revel in the elaborate language and bawdy humor of the Great Bard. This festival brings high-quality theatrical productions to Michigan year after year, drawing respected actors and theatre patrons from across the nation to the Baughman Theater in the George E. Potter Center on the campus of Jackson College.

Click here to purchase tickets at the Potter Center Box Office or call (517) 796-8600.

In 2003, Governor Jennifer Granholm designated the Michigan Shakespeare Festival as “The Official Shakespeare Festival of the State of Michigan.”

The Festival features members of Actors Equity Association. 

2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 Best of the Bard Winners - Encore Michigan Wilde Awards

In 2012, Oscar, Tony, and multiple Olivier award winning actress Dame Judi Dench gave her support to the Michigan Shakespeare Festival mission, saying "I’m delighted to help spread the word any way I can,” said Dame Judi Dench, “Especially now, when arts institutions are facing so much peril."

In 2013, award winning actor Stacy Keach championed the festival, “…The Michigan Shakespeare Festival is smart enough to know it’s not about them, but about the community that comes together…”

In 2014, Olivia Hussey Juliet in Franco Zeffirelli's Romeo & Juliet said, "To be a working actor is a privilege - to be able to do Shakespeare is an honor! Congratulations on your twentieth anniversary!!  Keep up the great work!"

The Michigan Shakespeare Festival began in 1995 as a Shakespeare in the Park at Ella Sharp Park.

For more information about the upcoming season visit MichiganShakespeareFestival.com

2015 performances will be: 

  • A Midsummer Nights Dream
  • Henry IV
  • Richard Brinsley Sheridan's: The Rivals

Henry IV

"Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown."

A powerful, commanding father despairs of his errant, unruly eldest son; an heir questions his own fitness for the rank he's been groomed to inherit. Both men question their allegiances, their character, and their life purposes as England falls into civil war. Henry IV is a King troubled by rebellion: of his nobles and his own successor. 

Henry IV parts 1 & 2 are being combined by Artistic Director Janice L Blixt into one epic evening of theatre full of battles for family, for fame, and for England.


A Midsummer Nights Dream

"The course of true love never did run smooth."

In Royal Athens the conventions of tradition, archaic law, and patriarchy rule the Day; in the forest, magic, mystery, and mischief rule the Night.  When Athenian lovers flee the power of the Duke, and a bunch of average guys try to use the forest as a place to meet, they all become featured pawns in the skirmishes between the warring courts of the King and the Queen of the Faeries.

A Midsummer Night's Dream is a glorious favorite of Shakespeare's canon full of romantic comedy, giddy wit, and enchantment.

Richard Brinsley Sheridan's:
The Rivals

''Tis safest in matrimony to begin with a little aversion.''

In Bath, the center of fashion and culture in 1770s England, Lydia Languish want to marry only for love, her mother, the famed Mrs. Malaprop, wants her to marry for status and fortune. Lydia's love, the penniless Ensign Beverly fulfills all of her romantic dreams: or he would if he were actually Ensign Beverly and not the wealthy Captain Jack Absolute.

Richard Brinsley Sheridan's 1775 comedy of wit and manners, The Rivals, is being brought hilariously to life by MSF Artistic Associate Robert Kauzlaric.

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