31 Years of the Palm Beach Shakespeare Festival

The Shakespeare by the Sea productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream will return to the Seabreeze Amphitheater from July 8-11 and July 15-18

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Shakespeare by the Sea, photo by Richard Graulich
Photo by Richard Graulich

The Palm Beach Shakespeare Festival will celebrate 31 years of its annual tradition this summer with live performances of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The Shakespeare by the Sea production will take its rightful place at the Seabreeze Amphitheater at Carlin Park in Jupiter from July 8 to 11 and July 15 to 18. The free, outdoor event is presented in cultural partnership with Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation. Gates open at 6:30 pm with performances starting at 8 pm. A $5 donation per person is suggested.

“We are so thrilled to bring this beloved tradition back to the public,” said festival producer Elizabeth Dashiell. “Before the Kravis Center was built and before the Maltz existed, the Shakespeare Festival was bringing live, professional theater to residents and visitors through its summertime event, and has continued to do so for thirty years.”

Last year, the festival was gearing up to celebrate its thirtieth anniversary when the global pandemic shut live performances down around the world.

Stephen Hedger as Oberon and Sara Grant at Puck. Courtesy of Chuck Andersen
Stephen Hedger as Oberon and Sara Grant at Puck. Courtesy of Chuck Andersen

“Thanks to supporters and a PNC ArtsAlive grant, we were able to continue our 30 years of uninterrupted performances with a professionally filmed virtual show last year,” Dashiell continued. “Now we are coming back to celebrate with the show that opened the Seabreeze Amphitheater in 2003, and with a new production happening in our western community.”

For the first time this year, The Palm Beach Shakespeare Festival’s performance lineup will feature a Shakespeare by the Palms production of Twelfth Night, presented by The Village of Royal Palm Beach at Commons Park August 19 to 29.

Shakespeare by the Sea XXXI is in partnership with the Palm Beach County Parks & Recreation and sponsored by Baptist Health with support by the State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, Lisa Calberg and Frank Cona, The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, Publix Supermarket Charities, Atlantic T’s, The Benjamin School, and Palm Beach Atlantic University.

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