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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. Tickets are available at the Potter Center Box Office.

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

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    A Midsummer Nights Dream

  • Richard Brinsley Sheridan's: The Rivals

Don't miss a single performance stay the night at one of Jackson's premier hotels and see all three great shows.

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