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Thursday, June 17th

The luxury picnic including pre-show conversation with André De Shields is sold out. However, pods are still available for the June 17th performance. Each pod on June 17th includes up to six chairs as well as a complimentary King Lear promotional poster. Click below to reserve.

$60 Tickets for June 17th

–LUXURY PICNIC SOLD OUT–

The Festival celebrates our return to the stage with a luxury picnic under the stars, raising funds in support of our 21st Season of free Shakespeare. Paired with an exclusive performance of King Lear starring André De Shields, this will be an evening of Shakespeare in the Park that you’ll never forget.

A Conversation with André De Shields
6:00 | Emerson Grand Basin
King Lear star and Tony, Emmy and Grammy Award-winner André De Shields discusses Lear, Broadway and more. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and beverages at your socially distanced cocktail tables. Valet service will be available at the north end of the Grand Basin on Lagoon Drive. Shuttle service will take you from Lagoon Drive to Shakespeare Glen.

Take Your Seats
7:00 | Shakespeare Glen
Check-in at the box office and Festival staff will usher you to your reserved pod. Butler’s Pantry delivers picnic fare right to your table.

King Lear Performance
8:00 | Shakespeare Glen
Enjoy an unforgettable performance of Shakespeare’s greatest—and most modern—masterpiece.

Rain Plan: If the performance on June 17th is canceled due to rain, your group can still enjoy its luxury picnic at any performance between June 22–26.

 

The Gala is sold out. Please contact tori@stlshakes.org if you have any questions about the event.


Fund the Need Today. Celebrate at the Gala.

The annual gala is the Festival’s largest fundraising event of the year. And the traditional “paddle raise” for Fund the Need plays a major role in the evening’s success — supporting our year-round programming. But this year, we’re raising those funds BEFORE the gala — so you can relax and enjoy an amazing evening with your friends on June 17th.

Make your Fund the Need gift today! Your donation supports free Shakespeare and enchanting cultural experiences throughout the region. It connects communities with theater that is uniquely St. Louis; theater about our neighbors and neighborhoods; theater that illuminates the common threads connecting us all.

Fund the Need


Gala FAQs

Where do I park? Valet service will be available at the north end of the Grand Basin on Lagoon Drive. Your car will be parked in the lot closest to Shakespeare Glen. Shuttle service will take you from Lagoon Drive to Shakespeare Glen.

What if it rains on June 17th? If the performance on June 17th is canceled due to rain, your group can still enjoy its luxury picnic at any performance between June 22–26. Festival staff will be in contact with you to reschedule your picnic.

Can the picnic menu be modified? We are happy to provide modifications for dietary restrictions. Please indicate any dietary restrictions on the purchasing page.

Will my pod have chairs? All pods for the gala will have up to six chairs plus a table. We encourage you to bring blankets and personal picnic gear as desired. When you drop off your car with the valet, please leave your personal gear in your vehicle. It will be accessible when you arrive in Shakespeare Glen for the performance.

Can I split a sponsorship with other people? Sponsorships can be split between multiple people. To arrange for a split sponsorship, please contact Development Manager Tori Rezek at tori@stlshakes.org.

I can’t attend. Can I still support the gala? Yes! Consider making a Fund the Need gift in support of our year-round programs.