Shakespeare Festival St Louis - Shake 38
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Each spring, we invite the St. Louis community to participate in a marathon celebration of Shakespeare’s 38 plays. Since 2010, its 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.

Featured Event


Saturday, April 23, 2016

St. Louis Public Library – Central Library

This year, we were 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 was presented in partnership with the Missouri Humanities Council, and with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the St. Louis Public Library.


SHAKE 38 2016 has ended, but work has already begun on next year’s event! Keep an eye on this page for updates on applying to participate, offering your venue as a SHAKE 38 location, or attending as an audience member in 2017.

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.


SHAKE 38 – 2016



Assistant Producer: Community & Education Programs, Katy Keating.