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Current Productions

Cal Shakes & Oakland Theater Project

Translated by Marcus Gardley
Directed by Eric Ting & Dawn Monique Williams

September 7 – October 2, 2022

Lear, Presented by CalShakes in partnership with Oakland Theatre Project

In partnership with Oakland Theatre Project, Cal Shakes will present Marcus Gardley’s Lear, an adaptation of Gardley’s original Play On Shakespeare translation. Set in the Fillmore District of San Francisco, and with an accompaniment of a jazz score, this will be a Lear to remember!



University of Evansville

Measure for Measure
Translated by Aditi Brennan Kapil
Directed by Stacey Yen

September 30 – October 16

Exploring the corruption of power with wit and suspense, the University of Evansville is presenting Aditi Brennan Kapil’s Measure for Measure for the first time at the Shanklin Theatre. Kapil’s translation brings Shakespeare’s dark humor to the surface, making this beloved story more accessible to audiences.


Prague Shakespeare Company

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Translated by Jeff Whitty
Directed by Guy Roberts

August 6 – 7, 2022

Set in the magical forest of Athens, four youths have run away from the court to be with the person they love. But when the trickster fairy Puck mistakenly bewitches them to fall in love with the wrong person, a comedic love entanglement ensues. Directed by Guy Roberts, Prague Shakespeare Company welcomes audiences to join the whimsical world of the fae where magic can both break and mend our hearts.



Chagrin Arts

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Translated by Jeff Whitty
Directed by Derdriu Ring

August 6 – 7, 13 – 14 @ 7:30 PM EST

Chagrin Arts and Solon Ohio will present Jeff Whitty’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream this August at the Solon Community Park. Directed by Derdriu Ring, this production is the return of Shakespeare in the Valley. Held outdoors, audiences will be immersed in Shakespeare’s classic tale of love and magic.



Theatre Space North East

Love’s Labour’s Lost
Translated by Josh Wilder
Directed by Corinne Kilvington

August 18 – 21

Translated by Josh Wilder, the play follows a King and his three friends who have forsworn women. But when a princess and her three ladies appear at court, the men find that their vow may be harder to keep than expected. Exploring the environment of court life and forbidden love, Love’s Labour’s Lost is a comedy that will keep audiences on their toes!

Past 2022 Productions

Prague Shakespeare Company

Henry VI, Parts I, II, & III
Translated by Doug Langworthy
Directed by:
Suzanne Dean—HVI, Part I
Laura Cole—HVI, Part II
Brendon Fox—HVI, Part III

July 30, 2022

We are thrilled to be working again with Prague Shakespeare Company. So far, they have produced four translations, including Troilus and Cressida, Richard II, Love’s Labour’s Lost, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This July, they’re taking on the Henry VI trilogy, following the tale of the Wars of the Roses, the history of Henry VI, and—of course—the rise of Richard III to the throne. Much like your favorite summer sports, the Henry VI trilogy is a playing field of capture the crown between team Plantagenet and team York.



Portland Shakespeare Project

The Winter’s Tale
Translated by Tracy Young
Directed by Michael Mendelson

July 7 – 17, 2022

The Winter’s Tale is one of Shakespeare’s most beloved pastorals. After King Leontes’ jealous rage causes the death of his wife and child, he exiles his newborn daughter, Perdita. But 16 years later, will Leontes find the forgiveness he seeks? Young’s translation brilliantly shines a light on the play’s themes of love, loss, and forgiveness.



Theatre Space North East

Translated by Lisa Peterson
Directed by Corinne Kilvington

July 14 – 17, 2022

Theatre Space North East is producing Hamlet in Sunderland’s Historic East End at the Holy Trinity Church. The Summer of Shakespeare is free to attend, so reserve your tickets today! Follow Hamlet’s story of vengeance, justice, and feigned madness as he seeks to unveil hidden family secrets.



Breaking Wave Theatre Company

Much Ado About Nothing
Translated by Ranjit Bolt
Directed by Ean Taijeron & Madison McKenzie Scott

May 5 – 8, 2022

Breaking Waves Theatre Company, Much Ado About Nothing text in gold on a dark background

Set in modern day Guam, this production of Ranjit Bolt’s Much Ado About Nothing will take place outdoors, incorporating the native languages of Guam, CHamoru, and Tagalog, the native language of the Philippines. This will be the first time Bolt’s translated is performed in Guam.



1623 Theatre Company

Much Ado About Nothing
Translated by Ranjit Bolt
Directed by Ben Spiller

May 6 – 7, 2022

Much Ado About Nothing in yellow over a broken heart and line art party and confetti items

In Much Ado About Nothing, a community is separated for too long and the time has come for celebration and dance! However, as old rivalries resurface, will the revelries cease? 1623’s production of Ranjit Bolt’s Much Ado will be the U.K. premiere of this translation.

The performance on May 7th will be available to watch via live stream as well! Book your tickets today.



African-American Shakespeare Company

Richard II
Translated by Naomi Iizuka
Directed by Peter Callender

April 16 – 24, 2022

Richard II, with half of a man's shadowed face wearing a crown. Play credits are location are displayed, and available in full at the Buy Tickets link below.

The African-American Shakespeare Company is taking on Richard II from a dreamscape lens. The play, directed by Peter Callender and translated by Naomi Iizuka, will begin at the end – in Richard’s prison cell. Callender aims to take audiences through a journey of memories and dreams.



Portland Shakes & the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Translated by Jeff Whitty
Directed by Michael Mendelson

March 10 – 12 & 17 – 19 @ 7 p.m. PT

The text 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' over the view of a forest from the ground looking up at a starry sky and bare tree branches

Performed by the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics students, Jeff Whitty’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is bound to bring mirth to its spectators this month! One of Shakespeare’s most beloved and hilarious works, prepare to enter the whimsical world full of the fae, love triangles, and an over-enthusiastic theater troupe.




Syracuse University

Translated by Andrea Thome
Directed by Christine Albright-Tufts

March 26 – April 3 @ 5 p.m. ET

Title image for the Cymbeline production by Syracuse University. The name Cymbeline is in white serif text under a wire lantern with a blue light bulb and more blue and yellow glowing bulbs blurred in the background.

Imogen lives in a world of oppressive patriarchy, controlled by her father and stepmother. When the love of her life begins to believe a false lie about her faithfulness, Imogen dawns a disguise as a page boy and enters into a journey of self-discovery. One of Shakespeare’s late romances, Cymbeline will have you rooting for the girl who dared to dream and defy the world attempting to oppress her.




Translated by Sean San José
Directed by Raelle Myrick Hodges

February 17 – 19, 7:30 p.m. EST

Coriolanus title art for UNCSA's production

UNCSA presents Coriolanus this month! One of Shakespeare’s last written tragedies, Coriolanus follows the career of Roman general Caius Marcius who earns his name after defeating the Volscian army, but he struggles to become a leader for the people of Rome. In this production, the cast will play several different characters to enhance the audience’s perception of the society. Who holds the power in the end?

The Division of Liberal Arts at UNCSA will also host a panel discussion, titled “Found in Translation? A panel discussion on issues of translation,” which is a free virtual event on Wednesday, February 16th, at 5 p.m. EST. Panelists include Sean San José, Mohammed Albakry, professor of English and linguistics at Middle Tennessee State University, and Joseph McAlhany, assistant professor in the University of Connecticut Department of History, and moderated by Hans Gabriel.



Past 2021 Productions

Prague Shakespeare Company

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Translated by Jeffrey Whitty
Directed by Hammed Animashaun and Guy Roberts

November 10th

After a successful run this summer, the Prague Shakespeare Company, in partnership with Divadlo Bez Zabradli, is remounting their production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, translated by Tony Award-winning storyteller Jeffrey Whitty and directed by Hammed Animashaun and Guy Roberts. Prepare to be whisked away in Shakespeare’s most magical play, whose language has been beautifully spun into contemporary language. Midsummer will be produced in English with Czech subtitles.



Blk Girls Luv the Bard

Romeo and Juliet
Translated by Hansol Jung
Directed by Kamilah Long
Dramaturged by Amrita Ramanan

Romeo & Juliet production loog

November 18th, 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT

This November, Blk Girls Luv The Bard (BGLTB) will present a live, virtual reading of Romeo and Juliet, translated by Hansol Jung with our very own Kamilah Long and Amrita Ramanan serving as director and dramaturg. BGLTB reimagines, reframes, and examines Shakespeare through the lens of BIPOC women. Don’t miss this incredible reading!



San Francisco Shakespeare Festival
Pericles [translation by Ellen McLaughlin]

For the 39th season of Free Shakespeare in the Park, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival will stage a hybrid version of Pericles, Prince of Tyre in a new verse translation by playwright Ellen McLaughlin. The production will be presented in four episodes to be performed serially throughout the season. Episodes 1 and 3 will be broadcast live online. Conditions permitting, the season will culminate with Episode 4 and a greatly-anticipated return to in-person park performances.

The episodic plot structure of Pericles lends itself to a Netflix-style performance schedule. Audiences can watch each episode live as it is performed. Each episode will also be recorded. As the summer progresses, the live performance of each new episode will prompt the release of recordings of prior episodes allowing audiences to delve into the story. This includes the final Episode 4, which will be performed in the park and recorded for remote viewing. To experience the story of Pericles in its entirety, audiences can opt to follow each new live performance or binge-watch parts or even all of the play by summer’s end.

Performances are free. More info here.



Chagrin Arts
Macbeth [translation by Migdalia Cruz]
August 7, 8, 14, 15

Chagrin Arts & the City of Solon present Shakespeare’s Macbeth, in a modern verse translation by Migdalia Cruz, August 7, 8, 14, 15 at Solon Community Park.

Performances are free. More info here.



Theatre Space North East
Macbeth [translation by Migdalia Cruz]
July 29 – August 1

After a mysterious encounter with 3 witches, Macbeth is driven to desperate acts in order to fulfill the prophecy they made him. Spurred on by his Wife, Macbeth’s story unfolds in this open air performance which will take place all around the audience. This is dark and dramatic retelling of a Shakespearean classic, in a wonderful modern verse translation by Migdalia Cruz and as you’ve never seen it before. Come dressed for the weather and prepared to be emerged in the magic, wonder and want of this incredible story.

More info will here.



Theatre Space North East
A Midsummer Night’s Dream [translation by Jeffrey Whitty]
August 26 – August 29

With Theseus and Hippolyta set to marry, they commission a performance for their wedding night. Somewhere in the nearby forest a group of local trades people rehearse for a play in hopes that it will be chosen to be shared in court. In the very same woods, the very same night for loved up teens run away from their parents, caught in a love triangle of four sides while around them the fairy kingdom is fraught with tensions and playing havoc with nature. Join us for this magical retelling of Shakespeare’s most popular and endearing comedy, performed in modern verse translation by Jeffrey Whitty.

More info here.



Prague Shakespeare Company @ the Prague Castle
A Midsummer Night’s Dream [translation by Jeffrey Whitty]
July 29-30

Prague Shakespeare Company and Guy Roberts [artistic director] are honored to partner once again with the Summer Shakespeare Festival and Michal Rychlý and Libor Gross to present the sixth year of an English-language Shakespeare production with their new performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, translated by Jeffrey Whitty. The production will also feature Czech surtitles.

Prague Shakespeare Company (PSC) is the professional English-language theatre of the Czech Republic and in previous years for the Summer Shakespeare Festival, they’ve provided English language productions of the Globe’s Hamlet, Patrick Doyle’s Shakespeare in Concert, Richard III, Measure for Measure and Othello.

More info here.