Freewill Shakespeare Festival

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Coordinates: 53°31′41″N 113°32′51″W / 53.52806°N 113.54750°W / 53.52806; -113.54750 The Freewill Shakespeare Festival, formerly known as the River City Shakespeare Festival was founded in 1989. It is produced by the Edmonton, Alberta-based "Free Will Players" every summer from late-June to mid-July, with performances in the 1,000-seat Heritage Amphitheater in Hawrelak Park in Edmonton. The Festival includes full-scale professional productions of two plays by William Shakespeare, as well as Camp Shakespeare, a summer drama camp for youth ages 8–16. In 2008, the festival was renamed the Freewill Shakespeare Festival.[1]

Due to significant damage to Freewill's traditional venue at the Heritage Amphitheatre in Hawrelak Park, the festival's 2014 season took place inside the Myer Horowitz Theatre in the University of Alberta's Student's Union Building (8900 114 St.).

Recent productions[edit]

Year Tragedy Comedy Season
2017 Merchant of Venice The Merry Wives of Windsor June 20 – July 16[2]
2016 Romeo and Juliet Love's Labour's Lost June 21 – July 17[3]
2015 Coriolanus As You Like It June 23 – July 19
2014 cancelled The Taming of the Shrew
2013 King Lear A Midsummer Night's Dream
2012 Julius Caesar The Tempest
2011 Othello Twelfth Night
2010 Macbeth Much Ado About Nothing
2009 Titus Andronicus The Comedy of Errors
2008 Richard III As You Like It
2007 Two Gentlemen of Verona (musical) The Winter's Tale
2006 Hamlet The Taming of the Shrew
2005 Romeo and Juliet Love's Labour's Lost
2004 The Merchant of Venice Twelfth Night
2003 Henry V A Midsummer Night's Dream
2002 The Tempest The Merry Wives of Windsor
2001 Richard III As You Like It
2000 King Lear Much Ado About Nothing
1999 Macbeth The Two Gentlemen of Verona
1998 Julius Caesar The Comedy of Errors


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External links[edit]

  • Official website: Information on the festival's history and the Free Will Players