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A great big party for love. 

March 3, 2022 – The Festival announced Much Ado About Nothing as the 22nd year of free Shakepeare in Forest Park plus a whole season of exciting productions happening all across the region including a 24 park tour of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the 9th “Shakespeare in the Streets” collaboration in Bevo Mill and the return of the Q Borthers with the holiday event Q Brothers Christmas Carol.

In addition to its core programs the Festival continues the Confluence New Play Festival this March, will host a new block-party called Melting the Darkness on May 5, added a Shakespeare Movie Weekend to kick off our time in Shakespeare Glen and will lead the arts pathways for a second year at Sumner High School

Full Announcement

Happening off stage:

Confluence New Play Festival

March 18 – 25 • 3333 Washington Ave
Join us and witness the future of American theater with staged readings from the 2020 and 2021 Confluence Regional Writers Project playwrights. Get tickets. 

Melting the Darkness

MAY 5 • Old Post Office Plaza
The 22nd Season outdoor Gala celebration of sights and sound illuminates the stars of St. Louis’s past, present and future. Tickets go on sale soon. Learn more.

Shakespeare Movie Weekend

MAY 19, 20 & 21 • Shakespeare Glen
Three free nights of Shakespeare-inspired films in partnership with Cinema St. Louis. On Thursday, 10 Things I Hate About You starring Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles based on Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, followed by 1994’s The Lion King, based loosely on Hamlet, and the St. Louis-born Vincent Price’s Theatre of Blood, a camp horror-comedy in which a slighted Shakespearean actor (Price) seeks poetic and murderous revenge on his critics – killing them in the same ways made infamous by Shakespeare.

Shakespeare Night @ Cardinals

MAY 24• Busch Stadium • Get Tickets 
“Run, run, O run!” to the ballpark with us on May 24. With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will take home a Shakespeare-themed Cardinals t-shirt. Plus, a portion of each ticket will be donated back to us.


Leadership support for the 2022 season is provided by The Whitaker Foundation, Regional Arts Commission, Missouri Arts Council, The Bellwether Foundation, Inc., Mont & Karen Levy, Rich and Kathleen Waidmann, National Endowment for the Arts / Art Works, Pam & Greg Trapp, The Trio Foundation of St. Louis, and The Gertrude and William A. Bernoudy Foundation.