The original edition of this post about Seattle Shakespeare in the Park productions (and other outdoor theater) was one of the first on Pacific Northwest and Beyond because I LOVE outdoor theater in the Summer. Packing a picnic and a blanket and watching free Shakespeare performances on the grass is a great way to spend a summer evening.
However, I took the post down in 2020 amid COVID-19, with all of the event cancellations. But some outdoor performances are returning in 2021, so I’m republishing the post.
I’ve kept most of the body of the post intact so I don’t need to rewrite in the future when things go into full swing again — but know that most of these organizations are not putting on productions this Summer and that the Outdoor Theater Festival is canceled for 2021. However, GreenStage IS putting on some plays, and the Kitsap Forest Theater has one production running most weekends this Summer.
I’ve added the events list (with map view) for now BEFORE the post as most of the venues and organizations that I listed in the original post do not seem to be offering their annual outdoor productions this summer.
If you know of an event that should be here, please submit it to our calendar.
Upcoming Seattle Shakespeare in the Park Productions and Other Puget Sound Area Outdoor Theater Events
More About Seattle Shakespeare in the Park Productions and Other Puget Sound Area Outdoor Theater Events
Sigh no more! Summer is coming. I love being outdoors, and I love theater, so one of the many things I’m looking forward to this summer is attending some outdoor Seattle Shakespeare in the Park performances. Recently, I saw Seattle Shakespeare‘s (indoor) performance of Shakespeare in Love at the Cornish playhouse. Sadly, “Romeo and Ethel the Pirate’s Daughter” shall remain one of Shakespeare’s um…lost…plays, but outdoor performances of his published plays abound in our area, including that of Ethel’s lesser cousin, “Romeo and Juliet”. And many of them are, blessedly, free. Seeing Shakespeare performed outdoors seems, somehow, right. Performances for most troupes are during July and August to catch the good weather though, around here, we never quite know what to expect. Remember to pack your own seating and some extra layers for evening performances. I especially love the mid-afternoon performances on a sunny day — a perfect time to pack your festival blanket and a picnic.
Put money in thy purse (but if you enjoy the show, consider a donation to the theater company).
This two-day outdoor theatre (mostly Shakespeare but with some other plays as well) festival is held annually in July in Volunteer Park.
(NOTE: Canceled for 2021)
For 2021, GreenStage IS presenting A MidSummer Night’s Dream and a “Backyard Bard” (shortened) production of Twelfth Night and The Tempest.
Wooden O is the summer outdoor Shakespeare branch of Seattle Shakespeare Company. Currently, they don’t have any plays listed on their agenda.
This one is in Langley on Whidbey Island; performances are pay what you will. At the time I’m writing this, they don’t have any productions on the schedule.
They put on one hour versions of two plays every year. Currently, there aren’t any productions listed for 2021.
Not Free, But Affordable and Worth It:
The Key City Public Theatre in Port Townsend keeps it to one play. Tickets usually run somewhere around $29. At the time I last checked, nothing was on their schedule for 2021.
Methinks I am vexed that we do not have more outdoor Shakespeare options in Kitsap County where I live But if you just want outdoor theater in Kitsap, I highly recommend the Kitsap Forest Theater. They put on two musicals every summer in their wonderful outdoor theater.
However, Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge is host to one annual Shakespeare production. (Note: nothing yet listed for 2021)
Poulsbo’s Jewel Box Theater often puts on a production in Raab Park — for 2021 nothing is yet listed
The festival in Mount Vernon is an annual happening. However, nothing is currently listed for 2021.
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