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Ohio Shakespeare Festival From Stan Hywet to Greystone, Ohio Shakes performs live professional theatre in Akron's best venues. Don't read Shakespeare--see Shakespeare LIVE.

The Ohio Shakespeare Festival regards the actors, the script, and the audience as the quintessential elements of the theatre. As a professional theatre company, we are dedicated to articulating the inherently theatrical components of Shakespeare and his fellow playwrights throughout the ages in a manner that enables the collected imaginations of the artists to meet the collective imagination of the audience in a public celebration that transforms the world in which we live.

Operating as usual

A huge shout-out to our corporate sponsor Orangetheory Fitness Akron. Our very own Prince Charming--Joe Pine--is a coach...
12/15/2022

A huge shout-out to our corporate sponsor Orangetheory Fitness Akron. Our very own Prince Charming--Joe Pine--is a coach at OTF Akron. So if you want to get in shape for the ball, you can work out with the prince himself! First class is FREE to try!

Last weekend of Rodgers & Hammerstein's: Cinderella performances begins tonight!

"This is more than a show. It is a wonderful gift that parents can share with their children and lovers can share with t...
12/14/2022

"This is more than a show. It is a wonderful gift that parents can share with their children and lovers can share with their significant others. It is lavish in both sight and sound. This year, why not give the gift of live theater to your family." -Mark Horning, Cleveland Theater Reviews

Tomorrow begins the final weekend to catch the magic of Rodgers & Hammerstein's: Cinderella

www.ohioshakespeare.com/cinderella or 330-5-SHAKES

Full review: shorturl.at/deZ69

12/10/2022

🎶...and because these daft and dewy-eyed dopes keep building up impossible hopes: impossible things are happening everyday! 🎶

You've not seen a Fairy Godmother this fabulous before.

ohioshakespeare.com/cinderella or 330-5-SHAKES for tix to Rodgers & Hammerstein's: Cinderella

12/09/2022

Rodgers & Hammerstein's: Cinderella continues this weekend. The Prince Is Giving A Ball, and you don't want to miss it!

ohioshakespeare.com/cinderella or 330-5-SHAKES
$5 student tickets in the gallery at *every* performance!

One of our favorite parts about Rodgers & Hammerstein's: Cinderella is sharing the story with folks of all ages! Bring y...
12/06/2022

One of our favorite parts about Rodgers & Hammerstein's: Cinderella is sharing the story with folks of all ages! Bring your little ones!

ohioshakespeare.com/Cinderella or 330-5-SHAKES

Today's S0LD 0UT matinee will have space available tix at the door--these will be on sale beginning at 2pm sharp!And the...
12/04/2022

Today's S0LD 0UT matinee will have space available tix at the door--these will be on sale beginning at 2pm sharp!

And there are two more weekends to join us at the royal palace--every Thursday-Sunday until December 18.

ohioshakespeare.com/cinderella or 330-5-SHAKES

12/02/2022

Happy opening night to the artists of Rodgers & Hammerstein's: Cinderella.

More magical and beautiful than last year and full of new surprises. Join us for "a lovely night" in downtown Akron.

ohioshakespeare.com/cinderella or 330-5-SHAKES

Photos from Ohio Shakespeare Festival's post
12/02/2022

Photos from Ohio Shakespeare Festival's post

12/01/2022

It's a lovely night to preview Rodgers & Hammerstein's: Cinderella. $15 tickets tonight only--we open tomorrow!

www.ohioshakespeare.com/cinderella or 330-5-SHAKES for tix

Our Rodgers & Hammerstein's: Cinderella is based off the Whintey Houston-produced teleplay from 1997. So we couldn't hel...
11/30/2022

Our Rodgers & Hammerstein's: Cinderella is based off the Whintey Houston-produced teleplay from 1997. So we couldn't help recreate this iconic behind-the-scenes pic of Paulo Montalban and Brandy and their MacDonald's fries. (Sadly, MacDonald's is not sponsoring our show.)

We open Friday. ohioshakespeare.com/cinderella or 330-5-SHAKES for tix

Happy Small Business Saturday. In celebration, we offer our *only* yearly coupon deal. BOGO tickets for the next 24 hour...
11/26/2022

Happy Small Business Saturday. In celebration, we offer our *only* yearly coupon deal. BOGO tickets for the next 24 hours!

Use code SMALLBIZ at checkout online.

Good for Rodgers & Hammerstein's: Cinderella, or future shows HAY FEVER and CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF. Not applicable to gift cards*.

We don't offer any better coupon all year!

www.ohioshakespeare.com/cinderella for tix

*Want a gift card instead? The coupon won't apply, be you can send one directly to your loved one--and even personalize the message, date, and time it is sent! www.ohioshakespeare.com/gift

Want to keep your holiday monies local this year? May we suggest a gift certificate to a future Ohio Shakes show? Experi...
11/21/2022

Want to keep your holiday monies local this year? May we suggest a gift certificate to a future Ohio Shakes show?

Experience gifts don't collect dust, and 22 years of exceptional reviews (like this!) show you that your loved one will get a memory to keep for life.

Gift certificates are non expiring and good for any $ amount you choose.

Call 330-5-SHAKES or visit www.ohioshakespeare.com/gift

What's impossible becomes possible, onstage this December at Rodgers & Hammerstein's: Cinderellawww.ohioshakespeare.com/...
11/20/2022

What's impossible becomes possible, onstage this December at Rodgers & Hammerstein's: Cinderella

www.ohioshakespeare.com/cinderella or 330-5-SHAKES for tix

A excellent holiday outing for the entire family!

Meet the artists who make Rodgers & Hammerstein's: Cinderella possible. Digital program here: https://www.ohioshakespear...
11/17/2022

Meet the artists who make Rodgers & Hammerstein's: Cinderella possible. Digital program here: https://www.ohioshakespeare.com/programs

Then come celebrate their work with us this December. Bring the whole family to this magical musical!

ohioshakespeare.com/cinderella or 330-5-SHAKES for tickets

Critics and audiences LOVED Rodgers & Hammerstein's: Cinderella last year. And this year, we promise it's even bigger an...
11/14/2022

Critics and audiences LOVED Rodgers & Hammerstein's: Cinderella last year. And this year, we promise it's even bigger and better!

Did you see it last year? What did you love?

Get those tickets soon: www.ohioshakespeare.com/cinderella or 330-5-SHAKES

11/11/2022
Cinderella trailer, 2021

Rodgers & Hammerstein's: Cinderella opens in Akron on December 1.

Lovingly nicknamed Cindrella 2.0 at rehearsals, this production promises to be even more magical than last year.

Enjoy the Flat Egg Productions trailer from 2021, and get those tickets before they are gone.

ohioshakespeare.com/cinderella or 330-5-SHAKES

For those who didn't hear yet...we proudly announce our "mini" season*.Noël Coward's HAYFEVER, March 9 - 26 2023Like the...
11/04/2022

For those who didn't hear yet...we proudly announce our "mini" season*.

Noël Coward's HAYFEVER, March 9 - 26 2023
Like the Rose family from SCHITT'S CREEK? Meet their original, English counterparts: The Bliss Family.

CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF by Tennessee Williams, April 27 - May 14
The Pulitzer Prize winning masterpiece graces the Henry C. Bishop stage this spring.

Tickets on sale now at ohioshakespeare.com or 330-5-SHAKES

*COVID has prevented us from announce full subscriptions series for years now, but with the completion of these two titles, we will be back on track to announce a full season in March of 2023.

Dracula (a charity reading) is a great way to spend this spookiest of evenings. Tonight only! Grab your favorite drink f...
10/31/2022

Dracula (a charity reading) is a great way to spend this spookiest of evenings. Tonight only! Grab your favorite drink from the bar, and let us spook you old-fashioned style with this live radio-play reading with soundscapes that will make your skin crawl.

Only $15, which includes your donation to the American Red Cross.

Thanks and ever thanks to the artists that made DRACULA possible.

www.ohioshakespeare.com/dracula-charity for tix

We all have Halloween weekend plans already, but what are you doing on *the* night of All Hallow's Eve, when the veil is...
10/25/2022

We all have Halloween weekend plans already, but what are you doing on *the* night of All Hallow's Eve, when the veil is at its thinnest?

Celebrate in spooky style with us at Dracula (a charity reading). $10-$15 tickets include a donation to our local blood banks.

ohioshakespeare.com/dracula-charity for tix

The Sleepy Hollow Masquerade  was a frightfully fun night! Thank you so much to all who attended, donated, volunteered, ...
10/21/2022

The Sleepy Hollow Masquerade was a frightfully fun night! Thank you so much to all who attended, donated, volunteered, and made the night such a success. The pandemic hit live theatres hard, and this event truly helps up keep-on-keeping-on.

Costumes were on-point.

Attendees should check their emails--your photo booth pictures are there! Don't see you email? Just shoot us a message and we will resend.

10/21/2022
Dracula Teaser Trailer

Dracula (a charity reading) will perform one night only, on All Hallow's Eve. Your ticket includes a donation to our local blood banks.

$15 ($10 students). Join us, but BYOGarlic.

ohioshakespeare.com/dracula-charity

(teaser trailer from 2018)

Thanks to Kerry Clawson, Akron Beacon Journal for a wonderful review of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. This weekend's spoo...
10/14/2022

Thanks to Kerry Clawson, Akron Beacon Journal for a wonderful review of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. This weekend's spooky entertainment resumes tonight...and get those tickets soon.

Kerry's full review: https://bit.ly/3EEriah (click to read--your clicks help keep critics writing and supporting local theatre!)

Tickets at: ohioshakespeare.com/hollow or 330-5-SHAKES

We are unhappy to say that tonight's (Thursday 10/13) performance of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is cancelled due to a C...
10/13/2022

We are unhappy to say that tonight's (Thursday 10/13) performance of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is cancelled due to a COVID infection and to provide a safe amount of time for our understudy to rehearse.

Tomorrow's performance, and the rest of the weekend, will go on as scheduled.

Affected customers can email [email protected] or call him at 330-5-SHAKES to receive a free reschedule, a nonexpiring gift card at 150% value of your ticket, or a refund. Instructions are also in your inboxes.

Thanks for continuing to support live theatre in this brave new world.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow has deep roots in Americana literature--check out this CBS mini-doc on the haunting roots of...
10/11/2022
Tracing the haunting roots of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow has deep roots in Americana literature--check out this CBS mini-doc on the haunting roots of the Headless Horseman. Then join us to see him live in Akron.

Tickets at ohioshakespeare.com/hollow or 330-5-SHAKES

"The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," first published 200 years ago by Washington Irving, is still one of America's all-time great ghost stories. Two centuries late...

Today's performance of THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW is sold out. Don't wait to secure your tickets. We perform through Oc...
10/09/2022

Today's performance of THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW is sold out. Don't wait to secure your tickets. We perform through October 23rd.
ohioshakespeare.com/hollow or 330-5-SHAKES

Happiest of opening weekends to The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Bring the whole family to this spooky Halloween show.Produc...
10/08/2022

Happiest of opening weekends to The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Bring the whole family to this spooky Halloween show.

Production photos by Scott Custer.

Tickets at ohioshakespeare.com/hollow or 330-5-Ohio Shakespeare Festival

$5 student tickets available EVERY night.

Photos from Ohio Shakespeare Festival's post
10/08/2022

Photos from Ohio Shakespeare Festival's post

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow opens FRIDAY.The Sleepy Hollow Masquerade  is in less than two weeks.Pay What You Will Sunda...
10/04/2022

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow opens FRIDAY.

The Sleepy Hollow Masquerade is in less than two weeks.

Pay What You Will Sunday (Oct 9) is nearly sold out.

Don't wait to secure your tickets to this spooky show, *just* scary enough for the family to enjoy together 😱

Meet the cast & crew of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow here: https://express.adobe.com/page/IVucYctamOSK7/Then join us this...
09/16/2022

Meet the cast & crew of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow here: https://express.adobe.com/page/IVucYctamOSK7/

Then join us this October for some family-friendly scares.

Tix at ohioshakespeare.com/hollow or 330-5-SHAKES

There's no party like the Van Tassel Halloween party. Experience it yourself at The Sleepy Hollow Masquerade on October ...
09/08/2022

There's no party like the Van Tassel Halloween party. Experience it yourself at The Sleepy Hollow Masquerade on October 15.

Everything you'd want in a Halloween party, plus a whole show.

ohioshakespeare.com/hollow-masque

09/06/2022

"With a hip-hip and a clippity-clop/
He's out looking for a top to chop!"

Who doesn't love Disney's Bing Crosby SLEEPY HOLLOW?

Catch our version for another ghost story, with music.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow opens October 7

ohioshakespeare.com/hollow

09/04/2022

Goodbye hot Shakespeare summer. Hello spooky horseman fall.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow opens Oct 7, but it's not too early to get your tix...

Mega-Halloween-Fan? Join us for The Sleepy Hollow Masquerade on October 15.

ohioshakespeare.com/hollow

Throw salt over your left shoulder. Avoid the black cat. Never walk under a ladder. Just a few tips you'll pick up in TH...
08/28/2022

Throw salt over your left shoulder. Avoid the black cat. Never walk under a ladder. Just a few tips you'll pick up in THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW.

ohioshakespeare.com/hollow

08/26/2022

We've all heard of the Headless Horseman. But which one is your favorite version? Comment below (gifs encouraged!)

Then get ready for a new favorite when you see our The Legend of Sleepy Hollow this Halloween.

ohioshakespeare.com/hollow for tix

Spooky season is coming...come work on your headless vibe with us at The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Oct 6 - 23. From the w...
08/23/2022

Spooky season is coming...come work on your headless vibe with us at The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Oct 6 - 23.

From the writing team who brought you Ohio Shakes horror originals DRACULA and FRANKENSTEIN.
ohioshakespeare.com/hollow or 330-5-SHAKES

This merry band met doing MIDSUMMER with us in 2021. (If you love our Greenshows you'll recognize all four folks.)Today,...
08/15/2022

This merry band met doing MIDSUMMER with us in 2021. (If you love our Greenshows you'll recognize all four folks.)

Today, they released their first album as The Rude Sea: Come Away. All songs inspired by Shakespeare characters. We absolutely love it.

Give it a listen anywhere you stream your music. Be sure to support them if you like what you hear via Venmo () and a like on Facebook or Insta.

Listen now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydR5AdW2uGY&list=OLAK5uy_nHRK27gNLDI0Fd8rNI_r1PGdBECV-caZA

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The Ohio Shakespeare Festival regards the actors, the script, and the audience as the quintessential elements of the theatre. As a professional theatre company, we are dedicated to articulating the inherently theatrical components of Shakespeare and his fellow playwrights throughout the ages in a manner that enables the collected imaginations of the artists to meet the collective imagination of the audience in a public celebration that transforms the world in which we live.

For 17 years, Ohio Shakes has performed professional, accessible, and exciting Shakespeare outdoors at historic Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens. In 2016, we added an indoor stage at beautiful Greystone Hall in the heart of Downtown Akron. Between our indoor and outdoor stages, we bring to life Shakespeare, his contemporaries, and classic musicals year-round in Akron, Ohio.

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The Importance of Being Earnest, presented by Ohio Shakespeare Festival Friday, April 29, Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1 at Greystone Hall:

The outrageous, romantic, classic comedy by Oscar Wilde all about marriage, morals, good looks, and other deeply important things.

Mistaken identities, quippy dialogue, high tea, and a happy ending make for the perfect spring evening.

https://ohioshakespeare.thundertix.com/events/195583
Happy Friday April 29, 2022, Everybody! If you're looking for good ideas for weekend fun, you came to the right place, because, oh, look, here are some now:

First off, it's Akron RubberDucks vs Altoona Curve at Canal Park stadium tonight, Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.

It's a good weekend to enjoy the dramatic arts, with no fewer than 3 stage productions to enjoy all weekend, including The Wizard of Oz, performed by Ballet Theatre of Ohio at the Akron Civic Theatre, The Importance of Being Earnest, presented by Ohio Shakespeare Festival, and La Cage Aux Folles Presented by The BOOM Theater.
For the full listing of Arts & Entertainment, and there are a lot of choices, check here: https://bit.ly/AandE_4_29-5_5

🎤Special Announcement: On Friday, you can try the Ohio Tea Lady's new Vegan/Gluten-Free menu for free! Reserve a spot at their FB page.

Live music is poppin' this weekend. A couple of highlights: Victor Samalot at El Patrón Tequilería & Cuisine, Akron City Gospel Singers Community Event Session at Jaron M. LeGrair Studio (where you'll be doing the singing!), and The Akron Symphony Orchestra will be joined by the Akron Symphony Chorus for The Creation, considered as one of Haydn’s masterpieces at E.J. Thomas. Oh, there's more: https://bit.ly/LiveMusic_4_29-5_5

Food & Drink options this weekend include weekend brunch at Jilly's Music Room, NOMZ, Akronym Brewing, and a Plant Pop-Up & Potting Party (lotta Ps) at High St. Hop House. Plus: 2022 Ohio Barista Champs at Muggswigz https://bit.ly/FoodAndDrink_4_29-5_5

BONUS: Tuesday from 5 - 7 pm at the Knight Stage of the Akron Civic Theatre is the Lock 3 Public Park Open House. Share your ideas about Lock 3 Park and how might we create an accessible, equitable and welcoming park for everyone. https://bit.ly/3rVY0g7

As always, you can find lots of other great stuff to do and see in downtown Akron on our events calendar: http://bit.ly/DAP_Calendar
Happy Friday, April 15, 2022, Everybody! It's Good Friday, and Easter Weekend (happy Easter to all who observe the holiday). We opened a couple Easter Eggs, and here are the treats we found inside!

1. The Downtown Cherry Blossom Instagram Photo Contest is on through Sunday, April 17, so visit the Towpath in downtown Akron & submit your best photo for a chance to win some nice stuff! Details are here: https://bit.ly/CherryBlossomPhoto22

2. Plenty of cool music to enjoy downtown this weekend, including "Nancy & Cannonball" ft. Bobby Selvaggio Quintet w/ Céline Iris at BLU Jazz+ tonight, and Old School Karaoke at OH SNAP Photo Lab. Here are more live music delights for your ears: https://bit.ly/LiveMusic_4_15-21

3. Arts & Entertainment offerings include the The Global Get Down! at the Akron Civic Theatre on Saturday, and screenings of Dual, and the unsettling Inland Empire (ahem, David Lynch) at The Nightlight.
https://bit.ly/AandE_4_15-21

4. Food and beverage options abound, with Ohio Shakespeare Festival's ShakesBEER: A Midsummer Night's Dream and Jilly's Music Room's Jazzy Easter Brunch, for which there are a few tables remaining, so book up! https://bit.ly/FoodandDrink_4_15-21

As always, you can visit the DAP events calendar for more ideas of places to visit and things to do in downtown Akron: http://bit.ly/DAP_Calendar
We all know Shakespeare's words are immortal. 🎭

Now, the Ohio Shakespeare Festival's production of "Romeo and Juliet" from several years ago has inspired the opening song of the rock band Weezer's new album, SZNZ: Spring!

Read the full story here: https://bit.ly/36YW9zE
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Happy Monday Afternoon! We hope you had a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving weekend. Here are some photos from Friday's Downtown Akron Tree Lighting Ceremony. Shoutout to the City of Akron, Ohio - Mayor's Office and Lock 3 Akron, Ohio for putting on a great evening, and to Puzzle - Creative Solutions for creating the beautiful cityscape that is part of the Lock 3 environment this year.

There's lots of fun stuff to do in downtown this week and throughout the holiday season, including ice skating, ice bikes and bumper cars in Lock 3, live music and theater productions at the Akron Civic Theatre, Ohio Shakespeare Festival, E.J. Thomas Hall, live music, shopping, movies, art and more. Keep track of all of it with the DAP events calendar: http://bit.ly/DAP_Calendar
Ohio Shakespeare Festival presents Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella, coming December 2. Tickets available at http://www.ohioshakespearefestival.com/cinderella
Cinderella at Ohio Shakespeare Festival ✨

December 2nd-19th: get tickets at http://www.ohioshakespeare.com/cinderella

Check out the program!: https://spark.adobe.com/page/szhtX2qwcpjy8/
Im soo excited to be in the Ohio Shakespeare Festival production of Cinderella! I'm apart of the best doggone cast one could be involved in! The entire production team is AWESOME!!! And I can't wait to go to the ball with you all! ....Speaking of Going to the Ball! Join us at our 20 year anniversary Cinderella's Fairy Tale Ball
Happy Friday October 8, 2021 Everybody! The sheer amount of stuff to do and enjoy is daunting to say the least, but I'm here to say that we can meet this challenge together. Allow me to be your guide:

1. Akron Civic Theatre hosts Napolean Dynamite: A Conversation with Jon Heder, Efren Ramirez and Jon Gries (a.k.a. Napoleon Dynamite, Pedro and Uncle Rico) TONIGHT at 7:30 p.m. Sharing of tots at The Lockview before or after the event is up to you.

Also tonight: enjoy live music from The University of Akron School of Music faculty member and classical guitarist James Marron at Guzzetta Recital Hall from 7:30 - 9 pm. OR, dance the night away with The Ladies Night at Jilly's Music Room

2. On Saturday, join us on Cascade Plaza for Downtown K-Pop Skate Night from 6 - 9 pm. We'll be spinning your favorite K-Pop hits, along with Random Dance Play with UA K-Pop Club Xenon, and food from International Jerk and more finger hearts than you can count. 🫰

Or, crack the case with Ohio Shakespeare Festival's production of Miss Holmes at 8 pm on Saturday, or 2 pm on Sunday.

Enjoy live music at Akron Civic Theatre (Almost Queen), Jilly's Music Room (the Numbers Band), Musica ( Parting w/ Curtail, Glass Bones, Anna's Anchor, & The Last Arizona), Akronym Brewing's Biergarten (The Ohio Weather Band), or at Brass Day at The University of Akron.

3. On Sunday, why not reserve an elegant brunch with the Ohio Tea Lady? Or, drop in at NOMZ between 9 am and 3 pm, or Akronym Brewing from 11 am to 2 pm. Sunday evening, Rubber City Comics hosts appointment-viewing with its interactive Live Streaming Claim Sale at 7 pm. Just head over to their page to get some amazing deals on your fav comics, characters, Funko Pops and more.

BONUS: On Monday, October 11, Crave hosts another of their popular Beer Dinners, this time featuring the craft beers of Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. Seating is very limited, so call (330) 253-1234 to reserve a spot.

Wow, that's a lot! But there's so much more. Cast your eyes upon the DAP Events Calendar: http://bit.ly/DAP_Calendar
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