The 26th Annual Upstate Shakespeare Festival will feature OTHELLO from May 21st to June 14th, 2020. LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST will soon follow premiering on July 9th until August 2nd, 2020.
About The Festival //
Making Shakespeare Accessible for More than 25 Years
While many people might associate Shakespeare with high school English class, his works are true classics that help us understand different cultures, different people, and different times. In fact, it’s been said that Shakespeare was ‘not of an age, but for all time.’ Now, more than 400 years after his death, that statement still rings true.
Knowing that many people don’t seek out Shakespearean plays, we sought to bring Shakespeare to the people in a fun, educational, free, and accessible way. The Warehouse Theatre put on our first ever Upstate Shakespeare Festival back in 1995. Since then, it has truly become a Greenville Tradition.
What to Expect //
The Upstate Shakespeare Festival takes place each summer. Usually one show runs from May to June and another from June to July. Shows begin at 7:00pm (arrive early to get a spot!) and run Thursday through Sunday each week during the run of shows.
Our 2020 show dates haven’t yet been announced, but check back for more details!
Shows take place in beautiful Falls Park.
From the park’s main entrance: after entering the park, walk down the stairs and the stage will be on your right side.
From Furman College Way: enter the park and the stage will be on your left side.
From Falls Street/East Camperdown Way: walk over the Liberty Bridge until you reach Passarelle Bistro. Make a left, and the stage will be at the bottom of the hill.
All Upstate Shakespeare Festival productions are free to the public. No tickets are required.
If you plan on enjoying alcohol during the show, you must purchase a wristband ($1, cash only).
Donations are gladly accepted at the end of the performance.
Each show is briskly delivered in two hours. Usually, our actors dress in contemporary costumes to bring out the timelessness of Shakespeare’s themes.
Patrons can bring lawn chairs, blankets, and even food for a picnic. Alcohol is allowed in clear, plastic cups with a valid ID and purchase of a wristband ($1, cash only).
We do not serve food, but patrons are encouraged to bring their own outside food for a picnic!