2018 Free Shakespeare in the Park and Renaissance Fair

SOUTHERN SHAKESPEARE COMPANY (SSC) is thrilled to, once again, bring our unique FREE Shakespeare in the Park Festival to Cascades Park. This year, the SOUTHERN SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL expands to four days and will join the ranks of some of the best Renaissance Festivals in the Southeast region. Visitors will experience the magic and mystery of our jugglers, illusionists, stilt walkers, and fortune tellers; the spectacle of armored combat; the taste of medieval food; and even learn a new skill, be it blacksmithing, weaving, or belly dancing. Our Kids’ Kingdom will lower the drawbridge for the young folks and all visitors will enjoy the multiple programs and performances leading up to our mainstage production of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, performed in true Renaissance style, on the Capital City Amphitheater stage at Cascades Park.

Festivities begin at 5:30PM May 12th and 13th & 6:00PM May 10th and 11th. Performances will begin at 7:30PM each evening May 10-13, 2018.

To learn about the benefits or membership (including reserved seats!) click here.

Special Guest Artist Renee O’Connor


SOUTHERN SHAKESPEARE COMPANY welcomes our 2018 Special Guest Artist, Reneé O’Connor, performing in our Shakespeare in the Park production of Romeo & Juliet. Reneé O’Connor, best known for her role of Gabrielle on the television series Xena: Warrior Princess, is an American actress, producer, and director with a deep and abiding passion for Shakespeare. Ms. O’Connor has previously performed in Macbeth (Lady Macbeth) and Romeo & Juliet (Nurse) and is thrilled to be joining us at the Capital City Amphitheater this May.


Our Second-Stage programs this year will include:

  • A reprise of Theater With A Mission’s Loco for Love: Cervantes vs. Shakespeare in the Mystery of Cardenio” (hint: it involves wrestling!)
  • Our junior company, The Bardlings, performing ShakespeaRE-TOLD II.
  • And with special performances by the Leon High School drama students.


On Saturday, May 12th, the winners of our 2018 Sonnet Contest will be announced. Last year we had over 250 entries for this event, brought to you in partnership with the Tallahassee Democrat and Sachs Media Group. The winners this year will be announced (and their poetry read) by Sonnet Man during the Festival. 


Thank You Tallahassee for Supporting FREE Shakespeare in the Park

We returned in April 2015 to the Capital City Amphitheater at Cascades Park for the Southern Shakespeare Festival. Nestled in Downtown Tallahassee and 
surrounded by lush greenery, the 
Amphitheater boasts state-of-the-art 
lighting and sound systems, with 1500 permanent seats, and a sloped, landscaped
 area for 1500 more spectators 
to picnic on the green above the
 stage. The Park is also home to 
the Imagination Fountain and 
Discovery Park for children, a
 gorgeous waterfall, hiking trails, Centennial Field, Smokey Hollow, and the Meridian Point historical marker and Plaza.