Shakespeare in Spokane’s Riverfront Park

On April 23, 2021, Shakespeare’s 457th birthday, the Spokane Shakespeare Society, a new nonprofit theatre company, launched to provide professional quality Shakespeare productions in Spokane. Executive director and co-founder Dr. Amanda Cantrell is excited to begin regularly scheduled seasons of Shakespeare performances for the community in Riverfront Park this summer.

“We founded S3 to not only provide a summer theatre option for Shakespeare and classical works, but to build an organization which supports a strong arts community and expands beyond the traditional theatre audiences. We want our productions to be for the community, by the community,” says Cantrell.

The play “Midsummer Night’s Dream” will be performed at Riverfront Park eight times between August 6 and August 29. The comedy features four Athenians who run away to be together, only to find themselves in an enchanted forest where fairies play.

Hilarity ensues as lovers are switched, actors just want a place to rehearse, and the Fairy King and Queen use humans to entertain themselves. Will love win in the end?

Actors standing on the grass rehearsing for Shakespeare in the park.
Play rehearsal in Riverfront Park. // Photo courtesy Spokane Shakespeare Society.

Come find out at downtown Spokane’s Riverfront this summer. The shows, in partnership with Spokane Parks and Recreation, are free and open to the public, although donations to the Spokane Shakespeare Society will be accepted.

For more information and the full schedule, visit

For more stories about upcoming events, visit the OTO News & Events page.

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