The Utah Shakespeare Festival is a regional Tony-Award winning professional repertory theatre company that produces Shakespeare, classical drama, comedies, and musicals—and they have a magnificent lineup this Fall.
Founded in 1961, The Utah Shakespeare Festival is one of the oldest and largest Shakespeare festivals in North America. The shows, which run June through October on the Southern Utah University campus, attract approximately 130,000 guests each year.
Here’s a look at some of the shows you’ll see this season:
The Liar (adapted from Le Menteur by Pierre Corneille). The charming Dorante cannot tell the truth, and his manservant Cliton cannot tell a lie. From this simple premise springs one of the Western world’s greatest comedies, a spirited seventeenth-century French farce brilliantly adapted for today, complete with mistaken lovers, suspicious fathers, sparkling romance, frothy comedy, and an abundance of breathtakingly intricate “alternative facts.” (Runs September 14 to October 13, 2018)
An Illiad (based on Homer’s The Illiad). Every time I sing this song, I hope it’s the last time.” So says the Poet in this modern retelling of an ancient classic. The Trojan War is over, and the Poet saw it all—unquenchable rage and endless battles. The telling sometimes overwhelms him, but he must sing. He must tell his sad tale of humanity’s unshakeable and perpetual attraction to violence, destruction, and chaos. (Runs July 12 to October 9, 2018)
The Foreigner (by Larry Shue). Charlie, shy and seeking solitude, is on vacation at a Georgia hunting lodge. Avoiding the other guests, he pretends he is a foreigner, understanding no English. However, he soon witnesses bizarre schemes by people who think he can’t understand a word they say, leading to confusion and non-stop hilarity that set up one of the funniest endings in all of theatre. (Runs June 29 to October 13, 2018)
Othello (by William Shakespeare). Brimming with incredible passion and anguish, as well as very human tenderness, this tragic story will lure you into a powerful world of jealousy and betrayal. Fast moving and devastating, Othello is one of Shakespeare’s most haunting plays, exploring how fear and jealousy can destroy the most intelligent minds and the purest of loves. (Runs June 28 to October 13, 2018)
Want to see three plays for the price of two? The Utah Shakespeare Festival is now offering a Fall Season Pass for $99. Playgoers can see three plays for the price of two, and includes The Foreigner, The Liar, and An Iliad (excludes Othello).
These passes are available by calling the ticket office at (800)-PLAYTIX or by visiting the ticket office on site. This offer is not available online, though individual tickets can be purchased online at www.bard.org.
(The Fall Season Pass is not retroactive and is based on availability. Not valid on seats in Premier, Orchestra, and Center Orchestra. Other restrictions may apply.)