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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 and 2012 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. 

The 20th anniversary season will run July 17- August 17, 2014 and features Hamlet, Cymbeline and Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Ernest. For more information about the coming season visit MichiganShakespeareFestival.com

 

2015 performances will be: 

A Midsummer Nights Dream

Henry IV

Richard Brinsley Sheridan's: The Rivals

  • Hamlet

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    Cymbeline

  • Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Ernest

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

Related Calendar Events

· Jul ·
17

Michigan Shakespeare Festival’s Hamlet Preview Performance

Elsinore, Denmark: The king is dead by his own brother's hand, but all of his subjects are in the... » Event Details

· Jul ·
18

Michigan Shakespeare Festival’s Hamlet Preview Performance

Elsinore, Denmark: The king is dead by his own brother's hand, but all of his subjects are in the... » Event Details

· Jul ·
19

Michigan Shakespeare Festival’s Hamlet Opening Night

Elsinore, Denmark: The king is dead by his own brother's hand, but all of his subjects are in the... » Event Details

· Aug ·
1

Michigan Shakespeare Festival’s Hamlet

Elsinore, Denmark: The king is dead by his own brother's hand, but all of his subjects are in the dark.... » Event Details

· Aug ·
9

Michigan Shakespeare Festival’s Hamlet

Elsinore, Denmark: The king is dead by his own brother's hand, but all of his subjects are in the dark.... » Event Details

· Aug ·
10

Michigan Shakespeare Festival’s Hamlet

Elsinore, Denmark: The king is dead by his own brother's hand, but all of his subjects are in the dark.... » Event Details

· Aug ·
13

Michigan Shakespeare Festival’s Hamlet

Elsinore, Denmark: The king is dead by his own brother's hand, but all of his subjects are in the dark.... » Event Details

· Jul ·
31

Michigan Shakespeare Festival’s Hamlet

Elsinore, Denmark: The king is dead by his own brother's hand, but all of his subjects are in the dark.... » Event Details

· Aug ·
17

Michigan Shakespeare Festival’s Hamlet

Elsinore, Denmark: The king is dead by his own brother's hand, but all of his subjects are in the... » Event Details

· Aug ·
16

Michigan Shakespeare Festival’s Hamlet

Elsinore, Denmark: The king is dead by his own brother's hand, but all of his subjects are in the dark.... » Event Details

· Jul ·
26

Michigan Shakespeare Festival’s Hamlet

Elsinore, Denmark: The king is dead by his own brother's hand, but all of his subjects are in the dark.... » Event Details

· Jul ·
24

Michigan Shakespeare Festival’s Cymbeline Preview Performance

Once upon a time, in a land far away, lived a sad princess named Imogen. Plotted against by her evil... » Event Details

· Jul ·
25

Michigan Shakespeare Festival’s Cymbeline Preview Performance

Once upon a time, in a land far away, lived a sad princess named Imogen. Plotted against by her evil... » Event Details

· Jul ·
27

Michigan Shakespeare Festival’s Cymbeline Opening Night

Once upon a time, in a land far away, lived a sad princess named Imogen. Plotted against by her evil... » Event Details

· Aug ·
16

Michigan Shakespeare Festival’s Cymbeline

Once upon a time, in a land far away, lived a sad princess named Imogen. Plotted against by her evil... » Event Details

· Aug ·
8

Michigan Shakespeare Festival’s Cymbeline

Once upon a time, in a land far away, lived a sad princess named Imogen. Plotted against by her evil... » Event Details

· Aug ·
14

Michigan Shakespeare Festival’s Cymbeline

Once upon a time, in a land far away, lived a sad princess named Imogen. Plotted against by her evil... » Event Details

· Aug ·
6

Michigan Shakespeare Festival’s Cymbeline

Once upon a time, in a land far away, lived a sad princess named Imogen. Plotted against by her evil... » Event Details

· Aug ·
2

Michigan Shakespeare Festival’s Cymbeline

Once upon a time, in a land far away, lived a sad princess named Imogen. Plotted against by her evil... » Event Details

· Jul ·
20

Michigan Shakespeare Festival’s Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest Preview Performance

Meet Jack, a pillar of his Hertfordshire community and well-respected landowner. Meet Earnest, Jack's brother, a rogue playboy who... » Event Details

· Jul ·
19

Michigan Shakespeare Festival’s Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest Preview Performance

Meet Jack, a pillar of his Hertfordshire community and well-respected landowner. Meet Earnest, Jack's brother, a rogue playboy who... » Event Details

· Jul ·
26

Michigan Shakespeare Festival’s Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest Opening Night

Meet Jack, a pillar of his Hertfordshire community and well-respected landowner. Meet Earnest, Jack's brother, a rogue playboy who wiles... » Event Details

· Jul ·
30

Michigan Shakespeare Festival’s Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest

Meet Jack, a pillar of his Hertfordshire community and well-respected landowner. Meet Earnest, Jack's brother, a rogue playboy who wiles... » Event Details

· Aug ·
2

Michigan Shakespeare Festival’s Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest

Meet Jack, a pillar of his Hertfordshire community and well-respected landowner. Meet Earnest, Jack's brother, a rogue playboy who wiles... » Event Details

· Aug ·
15

Michigan Shakespeare Festival’s Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest

Meet Jack, a pillar of his Hertfordshire community and well-respected landowner. Meet Earnest, Jack's brother, a rogue playboy who... » Event Details

· Aug ·
9

Michigan Shakespeare Festival’s Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest

Meet Jack, a pillar of his Hertfordshire community and well-respected landowner. Meet Earnest, Jack's brother, a rogue playboy who wiles... » Event Details

· Aug ·
7

Michigan Shakespeare Festival’s Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest

Meet Jack, a pillar of his Hertfordshire community and well-respected landowner. Meet Earnest, Jack's brother, a rogue playboy who wiles... » Event Details

· Aug ·
3

Michigan Shakespeare Festival’s Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest

Meet Jack, a pillar of his Hertfordshire community and well-respected landowner. Meet Earnest, Jack's brother, a rogue playboy who wiles... » Event Details