Shakespeare on the Road


Follow the progress of our road trip across North America, visiting 14 Shakespeare Festivals in 8 weeks.


From 4 July - 25 August the Shakespeare on the Road team will embark on an epic road trip around America and Canada in a unique project to discover and document the untold story of the Bard in the USA in the 450th anniversary of his birth.

The project aims to capture, for the first time, a comprehensive picture of Shakespeare’s place in contemporary American culture through the voices of artists and audiences across the continent. It will also be a reverse pilgrimage, celebrating the USA’s astonishing range of Shakespearean performance in classic road trip / travel writing fashion online.

We'll be visiting the following festival throughout the tour:

  • Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, Kansas City, MO: 4 - 6 July
  • New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane, New Orleans, LA: 9 - 11 July
  • Shakespeare at Winedale, Winedale, TX: 13 - 15 July
  • Utah Shakespeare Festival, Cedar City, UT: 17 - 19 July
  • Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, Topanga, CA: 24 - 26 July
  • [Livermore Shakespeare Festival, Livermore, CA: 27 July
  • Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland, OR: 29 - 31 July
  • Montana Shakespeare Festival, Bozeman, MT: 1 - 5 August
  • Door Shakespeare Festival, Door, WI: 7 August
  • Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Chicago, IL: 8 - 9 August
  • Harlem Shakespeare Festival, NYC, NY: 10 - 14 August
  • Shakespeare and Co., Lenox, MA: 15 - 17 August
  • Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Stratford, ON: 19 - 21 August
  • Nashville Shakespeare Festival, Nashville, TN: 23 - 25 August
  • American Shakespeare Center, Staunton, VA: 27 – 29 August
  • Shakespeare Theatre Company, Washington DC: 31 August

Shakespeare on the Road is a collaborative venture by The University of Warwick and The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, which is based in the playwright’s hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon. Project leaders include Dr Paul Prescott, Associate Professor at the University of Warwick, and Rev. Dr Paul Edmondson, Head of Research and Knowledge at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. 

We'll be sharing stories from the trip on our Shakespeare on the Road website and on Twitter @BardintheUSA, so keep an eye out for all the latest!

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