Upcoming Productions

2018 Summer Shakespeare Festival

Pericles, Prince of Tyre

July 12 - 29, 2018

 Pericles, Prince of Tyre, Shakespeare's adventure tale, is the centerpiece of the Greater Hartford Shakespeare Festival. Pericles is the original action hero.  Throughout his epic journey, he 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 clever fishermen all for the hand of a beautiful princess. It's an epic journey that spans time, continents and nations.

Tips on Attending the Greater Hartford Shakespeare Festival

  • Our outdoor performances are on the lawn.  Make yourself comfortable … bring lawn chairs or blankets.  On a cool evening you may want a sweater.  If it rains, we’ll go inside, but a few minor sprinkles won't stop us, so some bring an umbrella.

  • Pick your perfect spot. We provide a forward section for blankets and low-seat lawn chairs.  Regular chairs go right behind, so everyone can see.  There are no bad locations on the USJ lawn!

  • Sun or shade … your Sunday choice.  At our 5:30 P.M. Sunday performances, choose the sunny (east) side of the lawn or shady (west) side.

  • There weren’t microphones at Shakespeare’s Globe TheatreWe preserve the authenticity of the natural, unamplified voice.  Consider sitting close to the action if hearing may be a concern.  Or, you can come on a rainy day, and enjoy the indoor acoustics of air-conditioned Hoffman Auditorium, our rain location situated adjacent to the outdoor space.

  • It’s a festival! Feel free to bring food and drink, for a picnic as simple or elegant as you please.  From Doritos to Dom Perignon, we have seen it all.  There will also be a variety of food choices and beverages available for pre-order from Bon Appetit including Spinach Berry Salad, Chicken Caprese Panini, Summer Crudité, Cheese & Fruit Box and Seasonal Fruit & Dessert Box.

  • The show must go on. Of course we prefer to perform outdoors, but should Mother Nature choose to 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.


Pre-show Entertainment


o Each Thursday: Prior to performance, at 7:00 PM, young artists from programs in our community perform work they have created during summer arts programs.

o Each Friday: Prior to performance, at 7:00 PM, longtime festival favorites, The Elizabethan Consort, brings their special blend of song and silliness

o Each Saturday: Prior to performance, at 7:00 PM, the Festival welcomes a variety of Connecticut artists to perform for you, plus a chance to win big at Prize Night during intermission!

o Each Sunday: Prior to performance, starting at 5:00 PM, hear short lectures by professors and experts on ideas relating to Pericles, Prince of Tyre.

Halloween Radio Theatre at The Mark Twain House and Museum


Save the dates ... October 26 & 27 at 7:30 PM and October 28 at 2PM.

Just like the days of the golden age of radio, members of the Capital Classics Theatre Company use live sound effects, music and their storytelling vocal skills to tell radio theatre interpretations of classic works of literature.