Shakespearean Festival

Cedar City is proud to claim the Tony Award Winning Shakespearean Festival. Founded in 1961, the festival celebrated its 50th anniversary last season. It is one of the largest and oldest Shakespearean Festivals in North America. The Festival has grown from an annual budget of $1,000 in 1961 to over $6 million today. The audience has also increased tremendously. An estimated 3,276 people attended the festival in 1961 and an estimated 130,000 people attend today.

The festivals two main theatres are the Adams Shakespearean Theatre and the Randall L. Jones Theatre. The theatres closely resemble Shakespeare’s Glove Theatres in London. The Adams theatre features 3 plays each season, with professional directors, designers, and actors from around the globe. Both of the theatres offer experiences unlike any other. A unique feature is the child care facility for children less than 10 years of age as children ages 6 and under are not permitted to attend the plays.

The Shakespearean Festival attracts loyal patrons whom return year after year. In 2011 the American Bus Association listed the Utah Shakespearean Festival as, “one of the top 100 events in North America”. Once again, the Festival continues to be recognized for its superior efforts.

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