“All the world’s a stage,” penned William Shakespeare, and St. Louisans will hold him to it by reading, painting, dancing, and singing their way through the Bard’s 38-play canon during the fifth annual SHAKE 38 April 23-27.  Rats & People Motion Picture Orchestra will kick off the event by performing a musical interpretation of Love’s Labour’s Lost at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23, the Bard’s 450th birthday, at the Festival headquarters (5715 Elizabeth Avenue).

In addition, guests attending the SHAKE 38 kick-off event will get a peek at the stl250 birthday cake developed by artist Andy Cross to represent Shakespeare Festival St. Louis as part of the city’s Cakeway to the West, held in conjunction with the city’s 250th anniversary. The SHAKE 38 kick-off event, which is set from 6 to 8 p.m., is free and open to the public.  The five-day event is sponsored by The Riverfront Times and KDHX Radio.

SHAKE 38 will be followed by the Festival’s double-feature main stage productions of Henry IV and Henry V, May 17 through June 15, at Shakespeare Glen in Forest Park. For a detailed schedule of SHAKE38 events, please visit www.sfstl.com/whats-on/shake-38/.

*Please note there are a diverse range of events for a diverse range of ages and tastes. Check the official to schedule to find out what events you'll enjoy most.


  • Starting Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014, repeated every day until Sunday, April 27, 2014 — all day


Shakespeare Festival Of St Louis

5715 Elizabeth Ave
Saint Louis, MO 63110


Kristin Rion