The Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival is thrilled to announce its 2022 season, featuring the return of the Professional, Touring, and Community Companies -- back together at last!
Romeo and Juliet
DIrected by Chris Anthony
August 16-28, 2022
One of Shakespeare's most popular and iconic tales, the classic story of star-crossed romance between young lovers still has the power to thrill and move audiences anywhere. Romeo and Juliet explodes the notions of the proper behavior of youth, with a story that could be ripped from today's headlines. As tensions between their families escalate, Romeo and Juliet's secret romance ignites a chain reaction of increasingly dangerous street violence, with the growing unrest threatening to topple an entire city.
The NDSF Professional Company returns to Romeo and Juliet for the first time in eighteen years with a new staging by Chicago-based director Chris Anthony. Tickets on sale in April.
All's Well That Ends Well
Directed by Scotty Arnold
July 16-August 22, 2022
What play reopened Shakespeare's theatre after a forced shutdown due to the plague? Arguably, it was All's Well That Ends Well. A brilliant young woman named Helena determines to chart her own life's course, become a healer, and select the husband of her choosing. She follows her misguided man, Bertram, through what feels like a fairy tale with a modern twist, from France to Florence and back again.
With that much travel, it's the perfect play to herald the return of NDSF's Touring Company. Directed by NDSF stalwart Scotty Arnold, All's Well That Ends Well will bring an out-of-the-trunk, Shakespeare-in-the-Park energy to this comedy, with live music sung and performed by the cast. Performances throughout Michiana. Free.
July 16, 2022
Back for another round of delightful Shakespearean shenanigans, ShakeScenes will brighten the stage at Washington Hall like never before. A perenially popular event featuring elementary-age students from the South Bend area performing scenes from and inspired by Shakespeare, ShakeScenes provides two hours of adorable, moving, and hilarious entertainment. This family-friendly performance has introduced thousands of children across the area to Shakespeare ever since its inception.
Shakespeare After Hours
July 16, 2022
NDSF's popular Community Company event Shakespeare After Hours returns! Join an adults-only night of boozy, bawdy fun highlighting Shakespeare's scandalous side. Staged in South Bend's beautiful Howard Park, Shakespeare After Hours comes roaring back to life after sellout performances in 2017, 2018, and 2019. Ages 18+ only. Only 2 performances: 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.