- $15 for two tickets to a Shakespeare Dallas performance (up to $30 value)
- When: select dates, June 17–July 25, at 8:15 p.m.
- Where: Samuell-Grand Amphitheatre
- General admission
- Door time: 7 p.m.
- Full offer value includes ticketing fees
- Blankets and lawn chairs may be brought or rented on-site. Picnics are encouraged, and performances are BYOB for guests 21+ (beer and wine only).
- The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged) [revised]: opening June 17–20; continuing Wednesdays–Fridays, July 1–24
- Romeo & Juliet: opening June 24–28; continuing Tuesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays, June 30–July 25
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The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged) [revised]
The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged) [revised] shatters any preconceptions about the dryness of Shakespeare by zipping through all 37 of the bard’s plays in 90 minutes, playfully reducing complex plots to their constituent parts. The pared down storytelling simultaneously reveals the archetypal resonances between the works while humorously making light of the prolific playwright’s commonly recycled plot elements such as mistaken identity, dramatic last-act deaths, and tyrannical kings who forced their courts to rhyme in every sentence. The three-person cast engages patrons with high-energy interaction, tearing down the fourth wall with gleeful abandon to talk to audiences and pull showgoers into their madcap scenes.
Romeo and Juliet
Boy meets girl, boy and girl fall in love, boy and girl defy their families to be together: it’s not an unfamiliar story. What sets Romeo & Juliet apart is what happens next. It’s an ending that defies spoiler warnings—Sergei Prokofiev, Leonardo DiCaprio, and high-school literature teachers everywhere have made the finale famous—but knowing what’s coming doesn’t make it any less devastating. The double-suicide, brought about by bad luck, worse timing, and some faulty communication, becomes all the more tragic when you consider their ages: Juliet is just under 14, Romeo not much older. That heartbreak, and the lush language that precedes it, is exactly what makes the play so unforgettable—though its countless adaptations (from West Side Story to Underworld) certainly haven’t hurt.
The works of William Shakespeare are timeless, and since 1971, Shakespeare Dallas has been a part of their rich theatrical tradition. From their roots as a summer company and their first, somewhat modest production—a one-man take on Hamlet —the organization has evolved to produce cultural events year-round. During the summer, skilled actors perform the Bard’s plays in the open air. When autumn arrives, Shakespeare on the Go! brings artists to schools to share age-specific, interactive programs. And through all seasons, Shakespeare Unplugged meets the community’s recommended iambic pentameter intake with staged readings and insightful lectures.