Freewill Shakespeare Festival

Professional, contemporary, innovative productions of the works of William Shakespeare, in the big top tent at Edmonton EXPO Centre

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Location: Edmonton, Alberta

The Freewill Shakespeare Festival brings Edmonton a new kind of summer “Shakespeareience” with outdoor performances of two of Shakespeare's crowd faves, Romeo and Juliet, and Twelfth Night.

“Producing Shakespeare indoors has been happening for centuries,” artistic director Marianne Copithorne says, on the difference of outdoor performances. 

“We’ll take every opportunity to simulate the outdoor experience—our audience can depend on having just as much fun as they have in the past. Shakespeare’s plays can be enjoyed anywhere as long as they are performed with intelligence and wit, and that’s exactly what we’ll continue to do.” 

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Event schedule

This year's two feature plays run on alternating dates, Aug 8 - Sep 3, 2023.

Romeo and Juliet: all odd evening dates, even matinees

Twelfth Night: all even dates, and odd matinees

Showtime: check your ticket or festival website for details


General admission:
Adult  $35.00
Student/Senior (65+)  $25.00
Child (under 12)  free

Special seating/passes:
Booth $40/ticket (booked in quantities of 6)
Date night  $80
Dinner for two, with champagne, charcuterie and a show! (See details on the festival website)
VIP Pass (adult)  $200
Six general admission passes on the main floor, to be used for any show (see website for details).

Pay What You Will returns for Tues and Sat matinees

Get more information and purchase tickets here

More Information

To find out about the venue location, accessibility, parking visit the official festival website.

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