Shakespeare Festival St Louis - Shake 38


As a lead-up to our Main Stage production, 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.

Adaptations and interpretations of Shakespeare’s 38 plays are performed by 38 different groups in a variety of locations. From performances on rooftops to bars to coffee shops to street corners, only one rule exists: Make the play happen any way you see fit. The performances have included work by actors, visual artists, musicians, dancers, sculptors, and even chefs! SHAKE 38 draws upon the creativity of the city and puts it on display in every neighborhood.

JUST ANNOUNCED: 2015 SHAKE 38 will take place April 22-26. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW.


SHAKE 38 – 2014


Browse by Genre

Comedy — As You Like It / The Comedy of Errors / Cymbeline / Love’s Labour’s Lost / The Merry Wives of Windsor / A Midsummer Night’s Dream / Much Ado About Nothing / Pericles, Prince of Tyre / 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 / The Rape of Lucrece (Poem)

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 — All’s Well That Ends Well / Cymbeline / Measure for Measure / The Merchant of Venice / The Taming of the Shrew / Timon of Athens / Troilus and Cressida / The Winter’s Tale

Blind Shake — An impromptu play reading open to anyone. Stop by and join other Shakespeare enthusiasts in celebrating the Bard’s language. Blind Shakes are led by a Shakespeare Festival Staff Member.

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SHAKE 38 Teen Council

Donovan Lindsley Emily Jackoway Leo Ramsey Carly Beard


SHAKE 38 Producer Kristin Rion at