Seattle Celebrates Calendar of Activities

The city-wide Seattle Celebrates Shakespeare festival is underway with performances of Peerless-a clever and incisive adaptation of Macbeth-with performances running through February 11. The festival will be ongoing from January through July with the bulk of festival events taking place in April and May of 2018 and features participation from more than 25 of Seattle's world-class arts and culture organizations.

Visit Seattle, the Emerald City's official destination marketing organization, partnered with festival leaders to build a centralized website,, for all Seattle Celebrates events where a complete listing of events can be found. Upcoming events include Romeo and Juliet by Can Can Culinary Cabaret (February 9 - April 29), Beatrice and Benedict-a collaboration between Seattle Opera, Seattle Symphony and ACT - A Contemporary Theatre (February 24 - March 10) and Sounds and Sweet Airs by Seattle Pro Musica (March 11-18), among many others. A complete list of participating organizations and their events is included in this release.

This is the second iteration of the "Seattle Celebrates" festivals. The first was Seattle Celebrates Bernstein in 2010, a festival honoring the great works of Leonard Bernstein. The festival series is designed to recognize shared cultural touchstones that transcend the boundaries of artistic mediums and draw a local and national spotlight on the superb quality of Seattle's arts organizations.

Participating Companies



January 18 - February 11, 2018

Can Can Culinary Cabaret

Romeo and Juliet

February 9 - April 29, 2018

Centerstage Theatre

Return to the Forbidden Planet

March 16-30, 2018

Cornish College of the Arts

Much Ado About Nothing

April 20-29, 2018 (Alhadeff Studio at Cornish Playhouse, Seattle)

DACHA Theatre

Shakespeare Dice: Hamlet

March 23 - April 8, 2018 (Russian Community Center, Seattle)

Early Music Seattle

Seattle Baroque Orchestra: The Fairy Queen

March 17, 2018, Nordstrom Recital Hall

Greenstage Shakespeare in the Park and Backyard Bard

"Greenstage Shakespeare in the Park" and "Backyard Bard"

July 13 - August 18, 2018 (Seattle's Public Parks)

Pacific Northwest Ballet

A Midsummer Night's Dream (Excerpts performed by Pacific Northwest Ballet School)

June 16, 2018 (McCaw Hall)

Seattle Historical Arts for Kids

Daphne Replies: Shakespearean Song Reimagined

May 5, 2018 (Chapel Performance Space at the Good Shepherd Center)

Seattle Opera

Beatrice & Benedict

Presented in collaboration with ACT and Seattle Symphony

February 24 - March 10, 2018

Seattle Pro Musica

Sounds and Sweet Airs

March 11, 2018 (Trinity Lutheran Church, Lynnwood)

March 17, 2018 (First Baptist Church, Seattle)

March 18, 2018 (Faith Lutheran Church, Redmond)

Seattle Public Theatre

Shakespeare Intensive for Adults with upstart crow collective Co-Founder Kate Wiesnewski

March 19 (10 week class)

12th Night Production and Performance Class for 7th-12th graders

March 26 - May 20, 2018

Macbeth Production and Performance Class for 5th-8th graders

Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra

Such Sweet Thunder by Duke Ellington

April 21, 2018 (Nordstrom Recital Hall, Seattle)

April 22, 2018 (Kirkland Performance Center, Kirkland)

April 23, 2018 (Edmonds Center for the Arts, Edmonds)

May 1 - June 16, 2018

Seattle Repertory Theatre


May 18 - June 17, 2018

Seattle Shakespeare Company

Shakespeare in Love

May 2 - June 3, 2018 (Cornish Playhouse, Seattle)

Seattle Symphony

Prokofiev's Romeo & Juliet

May 17 & 20, 2018

Secondstory Repertory Theatre

The Taming of the Shrew

April 13-29, 2018


Shakesbeerience Celebrates Seattle Celebrates Shakespeare

March 26, 2018 (Naked City Brewery & Taphouse)

Showtunes Theatre Company

The Boys from Syracuse

Produced in association with Village Theatre

March 23-25, 2018 (Nordstrom Recital Hall, Seattle)

Sound Theatre Company

ASL Presentation of A Midsummer Night's Dream

April 21 - May 12, 2018 (12th Avenue Arts, Seattle)

Stone Soup Theatre

Twelfth Night (Stone Soup Theatre Youth Conservatory)

April 5-7, 2018

The 5th Avenue Theatre

Kiss Me Kate Spotlight Night

March 13, 2018

Kiss Me Kate

April 6-29, 2018

The Fern Shakespeare Company

William Shakespeare's Hamlet

March 9 - April 1, 2018 (The Slate Theatre, Seattle)

Theater Schmeater

Shakespeare's Lost Mixtape

March 26 - April 11, 2018

Twelfth Night Productions

Twelfth Night

April 13-22, 2018 (Youngstown Art Center, Seattle)

University of Washington School of Drama

12 Ophelias (a play with broken songs)

February 16-25, 2018

"State of the Theatre: Shakespeare, Our Contemporary," a panel discussion of the Bard and his timeless works hosted by Misha Berson

March 12, 2018

"An Evening of Sonnets"

June 5-6, 2018

upstart crow collective

Richard the Second, a staged reading

March 23, 2018 (The Lee Center for the Arts, Seattle)

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