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Shakespeare Everywhere Festival

               Washington D.C.

  October 7 to December 31, 2023


Shakespeare Everywhere logo, a sky blue background with a white pencil drawing outline of William Shakespeare's portrait and at the bottom the words in cursive: "12 shows, 12 weeks, 1 city."

World-class productions, fascinating debates, amazing opportunities to get behind the scenes, and all on your doorstep. This fall in Washington, Shakespeare will truly be everywhere.

Shakespeare Everywhere is made possible through the generous support of Mrs. Jacqueline B. Mars.


Shakespeare Theatre Company: Macbeth in Stride

Created by Whitney White

Klein Theatre
October 10–29


IN Series: Scholar in Residence Lecture Series

Marjorie Garber

"Shakespeare's Timeliness"
Theater J
October 23

"Keeping Time: Music, Mood, and Shakespeare’s Duke of Jazz"
True Reformer Building
October 24

"Time To Talk About Shakespeare"
The Aspen Institute
October 25

"Untimeliness: The Brief Lives—and Long Afterlives—of Romeo and Juliet"
Harman Hall
November 15

"End Times: Closure and Disclosure in King Lear"
Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building
November 16


Studio Theatre: Fat Ham

By James Ijames

Mead Theatre
October 25–January 14 (extended)


The Washington Ballet: Such Sweet Thunder

Music by Duke Ellington (inspired by William Shakespeare), choreography by Silas Farley


Romeo and Juliet "Balcony Pas de Deux," music by Sergei Prokofiev, choreography by Kenneth MacMillan

"The Dream" pas de deux from A Midsummer Night's Dream, music by Felix Mendelssohn, choreography by Frederick Ashton

"when shall we meet again," choreography by Brett Ishida

"Dowland Dances," music by Sting and John Dowland, choreography by Silas Farley

The Warner Theatre
October 26–29


Studio Acting Conservatory Panel Discussions

Founder Joy Zinoman and Conservatory faculty

"Teaching Shakespeare: Why & How?"
October 28

"Try It in Translation"
November 18


Howard University: Black Nativity*

By Langston Hughes

Ira Aldridge Theater
November 2–5

* was attending the Blackfriars Conference in Staunton, Virginia,
throughout the run of this show.


Washington National Opera: Romeo and Juliet

Music by Charles Gounod, Libretto by Juiles Barber and Miachael Carré after William Shakespeare's play

The John F. Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts Opera House
November 4–18


Folger Theatre: The Winter’s Tale

By William Shakespeare

Folger Library
November 5–December 17

Link to Shakespeareances review


Washington National Opera Cafritz Young Singers:
Live! At the Library, Library of Congress

William Shakespeare-inspired music by Charles Gounod, Gerald Finzi, Benjamin Britten, Giusseppe Verdi, Ambroise Thomas, Valery Gavrilin, Stephen Sondheim

Coolidge Auditorium
November 9


IN Series: The Promised End

William Shakespeare's King Lear and Giuseppe Verdi's Requiem

Source Theatre
November 18–December 10

Baltimore Theatre Project, Baltimore, Maryland
December 15–17


National Gallery of Art:
Will’s World: European Literature in Shakespeare’s Time

National Gallery of Art Library: East Building, Ground Floor
November 27–December 29
Curator discussions December 1, 8 15, 29


Visionaries of the Creative Arts, (VOCA): ISM-II

Ensemble of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Black, Indigenous, and Other People of Color Individuals

Atlas Performing Arts Center
November 29–December 1


Shakespeare Theatre Company Academy: Winter Reps

Hour-long versions of William Shakespeare's The Two Gentlemen of Verona and Cymbeline

Harman Hall Forum
December 1–2


Shakespeare Theatre Company: As You Like It

By William Shakespeare

Harman Hall
December 2–January 14

Link to Shakespeareances review

The Improvised Shakespeare Company

The John F. Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts Theater Lab
December 4–23

The Bard & The Beat

The Negro Classical Cultural Carnival and Shakespeare Theatre Company

The John F. Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts Millenneum Stage
December 6


The Folger: Shakespeare Everywhere?

Michael Witmore leads panel discussion.

Folger Shakespeare Library
December 9,


Faction of Fools: What’s the Scenario?

Capitol Hill Arts Workshop
December 9


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