Shakespeare Festival St Louis - In the Schools

Shakespeare Festival TourCo. Presents:



February 24 – May 2, 2020

Performance Time: 90 minutes and include a Living Study Guide at the start.

Complete this form to begin the booking process: 

Written by William Shakespeare; Adapted and Directed by Tom Ridgely

One of Shakespeare’s final plays – and one of his greatest achievements – Cymbeline is a romantic adventure story on an epic scale. It tells the story of Innogen, the princess of Britain, who embarks on a dangerous journey to find her husband and through courage and ingenuity clears her good name.

Combining elements of comedy, tragedy, history and fairy tale, Cymbeline is not only a summation of Shakespeare’s incomparable career but a dazzling piece of showmanship that culminates in one of the most masterful final scenes of revelation and reconciliation in the canon.

Featuring an inventive and energetic company of six actors, the ShakespeareFestival TourCo’s production offers a fast-paced, easy-to-understand performance of this underappreciated gem that revels in all the unbridled theatricality of a writer pushing the boundaries of what a play can be.

Living Study Guide:

Instead of students entering a space and watching a show the students will be greeted by the actors and led through discussion and activity before the show begins to increase the audience’s performance literacy. How do we decipher, understand, and analyze a performance that you are unfamiliar with? How do we as audience members know which part of the performance is most important to understanding and enjoyment? The TourCo will walk audiences through skill level appropriate exercises and discussion topics to break down the mystique and foreignness of Shakespeare’s plays and language. The performance of the show that follows will be appropriately set up for the audience in a unique way designed to provide definitions, vocabulary preview, authorial information, and structural patterns.

Staging Requirements:
• A 20′ x 20′ clear stage or performance space (floor), at least 10′ clearance • At least one functional electrical outlet
• Two dressing rooms/private spaces for the performers • Adequate space for the audience to sit comfortably

For additional workshops or educational opportunities, please contact Allie Magee at 314-531-9800 ext. 113 or email.


Generous support from the Festival’s sponsors and individual donors allows us to offer activities and performances at a discount of over 50% the actual cost.

One performance or workshop: $625
Discount for Returning Schools 2019 Rate ($595)
Beyond 50 miles of St. Louis: Mileage, lodging, and per diem fees apply


Complete this form to begin the booking process: 


For questions and tour booking, contact Marketing Manager Allie Magee by email or call 314.531.9800 ext. 113.

The Festival is proud to be a part of the Missouri Arts Council’s Missouri Touring Program, which provides funding support for in-school performances. Visit for details and guidelines. We would be happy to assist you with your application.


Tom Ridgely (Director) has been the Executive Producer of Shakespeare Festival St. Louis since 2018. A Drama Desk-nominated director, he has developed or presented work at the Public Theater, The Old Globe, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare Society, Red Bull and more. He’s worked with Tony nominees Sting, Sherie Rene Scott, Laura Osnes, Will Swenson, Kelli O’Hara, Bill Irwin and others, and his productions have won DFW Theater Critics Forum and ECNY Awards and been nominated for CT Critics Circle and BroadwayWorld Connecticut Awards.

Emily Clinger* (Stage Manager) returns for her ninth year with the Shakespeare Festival St. Louis Education Tour. Regional stage management credits include New Jewish Theater, Upstream Theater, Arrow Rock Lyceum, The Old Creamery Theatre, Charleston Stage, Triad Stage, and Heritage Repertory Festival. She recently made her directorial debut at The Playhouse at Westport. Emily is a member of Actor’s Equity Association and a proud graduate of the University of Virginia. Please help her cat become an internet sensation by following him on Instagram @SirWadsworthSTL.


Shakespeare Festival St. Louis’ Education Tour is part of Shakespeare in American Communities, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

Education Tour visits to rural communities are sponsored by The Bayer Fund.

The Education Tour also receives generous support from the Gateway Foundation, Saigh Foundation, UMB Bank, and First Bank.