Shakespeare Festival St Louis - Shake 38
Support from our partners:

Ken and Nancy Kranzberg

Media partner:


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.

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.

2016 Announcement

SHAKE 38 will be held April 19-23, 2016, closing on the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death. In addition to dozens of performances throughout the city, SHAKE 38 will feature its first headlining event: Cry Havoc. Actor/veteran Stephan Wolfert leads audiences on an interactive journey to meet Shakespeare’s veterans, and confronts the difficulties today’s soldiers face in leaving military service to rejoin the civilian world. For a pay-what-you-will donation to the Festival, St. Louis will be invited to this performance on April 23.


SHAKE 38 – 2015



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.

Join the global conversation on Shakespeare at


SHAKE 38 Producer Kristin Rion at