Inspired by the New York Shakespeare Festival, Robert Glenn started The Shakespeare Festival of Dallas in 1971. Its transformation into a year-round producing organization began in 1991 when the company was invited to perform in Addison Circle Park.
From 1973 until 2004, the company produced two free-admission Shakespeare productions each summer. By 2005, it had expanded its Shakespeare in the Park season to include a third title and a fall season in both Dallas and Addison. That same year, the name of the organization was officially changed to Shakespeare Dallas. The company is admired not only for its productions but also for its education programs: “Shakespeare on the Go!” for students in grades 3 – 12; and “Shakespeare Unplugged”, a series of staged readings, pre-performance lectures, and artist training for individuals 18 and over.
Shakespeare Dallas Information
- Venues: Addison Circle Park, Samuell-Grand Amphitheatre, and others.
- Public Transportation: Varies by venue.
- Handicapped Accessibility : Varies by venue.
- Performances/Programs: Shakespeare in the Park includes two spring productions and one fall production; Shakespeare Unplugged includes three productions.
- Ticket Prices: Shakespeare in the Park: $10 general admission,$7 seniors/students, free to children 12 & under. Shakespeare Unplugged performances $5 general admission.
- Subscriptions/Membership: Individual membership ($40) includes free entry to all Shakespeare in the Park and Shakespeare Unplugged performances, early entry, seating privileges, discounts on merchandise and more.