Shakespeare Festival St Louis - Shake 38
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We invite the St. Louis community to participate in a marathon celebration of Shakespeare’s 38 plays. Since the first year, SHAKE 38 has grown from a 38-hour performance by 200 artists to a five-day event attracting over 1,500 artists from across the region and dozens of diverse community partners.

Only one rule exists for participants: Make the play happen any way you see fit. The result is a dazzling array of events across the St. Louis area, designed for a variety of audiences to enjoy.

Please check our online calendar or Browse by Category below for the most up-to-date event details.

Featured Event


Saturday, April 23 at 2 PM

St. Louis Public Library – Central Library

We are pleased to present the first-ever SHAKE 38 featured event, a one-man play called Cry Havoc. This amazing work, written and performed by actor/veteran Stephan Wolfert, weaves speeches from Shakespeare’s most famous soldiers with personal experience to tell the story of the difficulties veterans face when they “de-cruit” and rejoin the civilian world. Cry Havoc is presented in partnership with the Missouri Humanities Council, and with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the St. Louis Public Library.

Advance reservations for the performance of Cry Havoc on Saturday, April 23 are now closed. A limited number of seats will be available day-of. We recommend arriving a little early to secure your seats.


To view a pdf of the full schedule click here. Changes may be made between now and the start of SHAKE 38, so be sure to check back for updates!

Please note that Wednesday’s Coriolanus event has moved INSIDE to Mangia Italiano at 3145 S. Grand (right next door to Ritz Park).

Browse by Category

Comedy — As You Like It / The Comedy of Errors / Love’s Labour’s Lost / The Merry Wives of Windsor / A Midsummer Night’s Dream / Much Ado About Nothing / The Taming of the Shrew / The Tempest / Twelfth Night / The Two Gentlemen of Verona / The Two Noble Kinsmen

Tragedy — Antony and Cleopatra / Coriolanus / Hamlet / Julius Caesar / King Lear / Macbeth / Othello / Romeo and Juliet / Titus Andronicus

History — Henry IV, Pt 1 / Henry IV, Pt 2 / Henry V / Henry VI, Pt 1 / Henry VI, Pt 2 / Henry VI, Pt 3 / Henry VIII / King John / Richard II / Richard III

Problem Plays / Romances — All’s Well That Ends Well / Cymbeline / Measure for Measure / Pericles, Prince of Tyre / The Merchant of Venice / Timon of Athens / Troilus and Cressida / The Winter’s Tale

Family Friendly — These SHAKE 38 performances have been deemed appropriate for individuals of all ages and families.

VIEW ALL — Browse all SHAKE 38 performances by date.


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