The Interlochen Shakespeare Festival draws on the unique resources of Interlochen Center for the Arts to present bold and innovative interpretations of the classics. Founded in 2008 and led by artistic director William Church, a core ensemble of Interlochen faculty, staff and alumni commits itself to engaging northwest Michigan audiences through professional theatre that celebrates the Shakespearean imagination.
2018 Shakespeare Festival Productions
Much Ado About Nothing
June 29-30 & July 6-7
Much Ado About Nothing, one of Shakespeare's greatest comedies, has long been an audience favorite. The witty "battle of the sexes" and "merry war" between main characters Beatrice and Benedick celebrates the wondrous complications involved with falling in love. Shakespeare has filled this vibrant and heartfelt comedy with colorful and memorable characters who will delight and charm audiences of all ages. Come join us under the stars in Upton-Morley Pavilion for a memorable evening of laughter, and the special joy that comes from the discovery of true love.
A Doll's House, Part 2
July 2, 3 & 5
One hundred and thirty-nine years ago, Ibsen's Nora left home. In her wake, as George Bernard Shaw famously said, was "the door-slam heard 'round the world." Imagine it is 15 years after that moment and we return to that house. Nora is knocking on the door. Who will answer? What will be said? Where has she been? How has she lived? What does she believe? In an audacious and combustible sequel to Ibsen's masterpiece, playwright Lucas Hnath gives us the previously unimaginable: A Doll's House Part 2. Where Ibsen ended, Hnath begins. It is an emotionally, politically and intellectually turbulent 90 minutes that will stick with you for, well … probably for the next 139 years.
The 2019 Shakespeare Festival productions will be announced in the spring.
After the sold-out success of its first two productions, Twelfth Night and The Taming of the Shrew, the company presented Macbeth in 2010, The Merchant of Venice in 2011, A Midsummer Night's Dream in 2012, Hamlet in 2013, The Tempest in 2014, As You Like It in 2015, Romeo and Juliet in 2016 and King Lear in 2017.