Shakespeare Festival St Louis - In the Streets

Shakespeare in the Streets

The location for the next Shakespeare in the Streets performance will be announced April 2019. 

Shakespeare in the Streets (SITS) is a grassroots theatrical experience that invites St. Louis neighborhoods to tell their stories. A Festival-selected creative team leads the neighborhood in developing an original play based on one of Shakespeare’s works—a play with themes that reflect the community’s character.

Residents of the year’s selected neighborhood contribute to all aspects of the production, from story development to live performance. The result is a weekend-long celebration of their collective effort, with three live, outdoor performances. Free and open to the public, these performances unite the neighborhood and introduce it as a creative force to the greater St. Louis area.

Click here to watch a documentary about SITS.

SITS Legacy

Blow, Winds, based on King Lear
Remember Me, based on Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Macbeth
The World Begun, based on Twelfth Night
Good in Everything, based on As You Like It
Old Hearts Fresh, based on The Winter’s Tale
The New World, based on The Tempest

Community Partners

Lifelong Learning Institute

The Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI) at Washington University offers a wide variety of courses that emphasize peer learning and active class participation by senior adults. Study groups are not for credit; there are no exams, no grades. LEARN MORE

Shakespeare Festival Reads

Shakespeare Festival Reads, at Left Bank Books in the Central West End, is a group that meets to discuss Shakespeare, his plays and his time. The group frequently explores new riffs on old themes and read contemporary novels based on Shakespeare’s centuries-old plays. Shakespeare Festival Reads is open to all, no expertise required. LEARN MORE


We invite the St. Louis community to participate in a free, five-day marathon celebration of Shakespeare’s 38 plays. LEARN MORE