Collected Scenes
from and inspired by
the works of William Shakespeare

Coordinated by Christy Burgess

Stomp the yard with Henry V. Watch “the force striketh back” as Star Wars meets Shakespeare. Applaud the verbal acrobatics of Hamleton, a masterly mash-up of Hamlet and Broadway’s mega-hit, Hamilton. Over the course of one weekend, actors of all ages from throughout the community take to the stage with their own unique spins on some of Shakespeare’s most beloved works.

Don't miss the 2016 Community Company as they bring 18 fast and fun ten-minute takes on Shakespeare's greatest hits. Over the course of one weekend, scores of actors from throughout the community—neighbors, friends, young and old alike—take to the stage.

FREE performances on Saturday and Sunday each offer a completely different series of "Shake"-scenes that are sure to inspire and delight the entire family.

Saturday, July 16
Sunday, July 17

Notre Dame's Washington Hall


(General admission tickets are free. Reservations strongly recommended.)


washhallparking_pmThe Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival works hard to ensure your theatre experience is exceptional from start to finish. We understand that experience begins from the moment you arrive on campus. We’ve secured access to the two parking lots located closest to Washington Hall, the ShakeScenes performance venue.

To reach these lots, you must pass through one of two Gatehouses (shown on the map to the right): the North Gatehouse on the Northeast side of campus via Douglas Road or the South Gatehouse on the campus’s Southern edge via Angela Blvd. Guards at both Gatehouses will grant access to all ShakeScenes guests.

Once through the Gatehouse, proceed on Holy Cross Drive (shown as a red line on the map) to the lot marked A9 or A15. Each lot is only 250 yards from Washington Hall.

As you walk to the theatre, keep your eye on the Golden Dome; Washington Hall is its neighbor to the east. The entrance to Washington Hall is on the south side of the building.


(Note: Both performances are free but require a ticket. To guarantee your reservation, please pick-up your will call tickets at Washington Hall at least 15 minutes before your performance. In the event of a sell out, unclaimed will call tickets will be used to seat patrons on the waiting list.)

Join the Shakespearean shenanigans!

Interested in directing or performing in a scene in 2017? We're always looking for new groups, actors, and directors for ShakeScenes. Contact to join our 2017 Community Company.

Photos from ShakeScenes 2015