Shakespeare Under the Stars

Our outdoor Shakespeare festival has been a summer tradition in Greater Hartford since 1991. We deliver high quality, accessible Shakespeare for audiences of all ages in a beautiful natural setting.


2018 Summer Shakespeare Festival

This summer, Capital Classics is staging Pericles, Prince of Tyre, Shakespeare's adventure tale as part of the Greater Hartford Shakespeare Festival. Join us for three weekends (July 12-29, 2018), outdoors on the grounds of the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford.

Throughout his epic journey, Pericles matches wits with a murderous king and evil tyrants. He's pursued by cunning assassins, battles a shipwrecking storm, and fights knights, bloodthirsty pirates, and even a clever fishermen all for the hand of a beautiful princess. It's an epic journey that spans time, continents and nations.

July 12 - 29, 2018

Thursday - Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Sundays at 5:30 p.m. 


For Ticket Information, click here

For Day of Performance Information, click here

Audience members are encouraged to arrive to the Greater Hartford Shakespeare Festival at least 30 minutes early to enjoy pre-show entertainment. Bring your family and friends, as well as your picnic basket, beverage and chairs or blankets, for "Shakespeare under the stars. Be sure to visit or for the complete Festival calendar of events as the date grows nearer.

Pre-show Entertainment

o THURSDAYS: Youth in Community Arts performances

o FRIDAYS: To be announced

o SATURDAYS: Local music groups performances and a chance to win something at Prize Night

o SUNDAYS: Dessert for sale from TCBY in Bloomfield and lectures by local experts for our Professor Series

Held on the grounds of the University of Saint Joseph, 1678 Asylum Avenue, West Hartford, Connecticut. In case of rain, performances will be held inside the adjacent Hoffman Auditorium.

Tickets: $18 for adults, $12 for students/seniors. Discounts are also available for groups of 10 or more. Available at the door or at the Frances Driscoll Box office, (860) 231-5555 or

Audience members should bring their own lawn chairs or blankets. It's just a short walk from the free parking lot to the theater building.

The Show Must Go On

Our performances are held outdoors on the grounds of the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford.  Bring a blanket, a lawn chair, a picnic and a friend.  The beautiful and bucolic natural setting lends itself in memorable ways to all of our productions.  But should Mother Nature rile up a tempest, we have the luxury of performing in the adjacent Hoffman Auditorium, an absolute gem of a venue and perfect for Shakespeare.  So, come rain or come shine, we will be on stage and performing.