Shakespeare’s Classics Ring in a Quarter Century of Free Performing Arts in Greenville

56 shows, over 450 performers / volunteers, and 2 dogs later, the Upstate Shakespeare

Festival celebrates 25 years of providing free family entertainment to the city of Greenville.

What began as an artistic exploration by a group of young actors in the 1990s, has now turned into one of the most cherished community entertainment opportunities in the Upstate.

For almost all of its funny, dramatic, heart-wrenching, and heart-warming history, John Fagan has presided over the mighty band of performers that make up the Festival as Producing Artistic Director. The 25th year is no different, as Fagan will be directing both Romeo & Juliet and The Tempest when they take to the stage in Falls Park this summer.

Romeo & Juliet finds one of the most famous love stories ever written as rival families rage and tear apart two young lovers. This captivating tale is being performed for the 4th time in the Festival’s history. The Tempest then follows with a wild shipwreck leaving all its passengers to weather romance, high comedy, low comedy, magic, music, and joy!

Romeo & Juliet runs May 23rd – June 16th and The Tempest runs July 11th – August 4th on every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night at 7:00pm.

The Upstate Shakespeare Festival will perform on each of those nights unless intolerable weather arrives.

The Festival shows are always free and open to the public. Donations are accepted. Patrons are encouraged to bring their own chairs or blankets for seating. Any patrons wishing to drink alcohol must purchase a wrist mband from the Upstate Shakespeare Festival tent.

The Upstate Shakespeare Festival is produced under the banner of The Warehouse Theatre. Presenting sponsor for the 25th season is BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina.

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