October 5, 2018 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm
Coconino Center for the Arts

The Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival now in their 4th season, continue to deliver on their commitment to bringing exceptional and accessible classical theatre to northern Arizona and beyond.

The 2018 season explores the tensions of social structures and generational expectations, and the inevitable consequences of oppression. Audiences will witness the destruction of societies and families as they implode, bringing us face-to-face with timeless lessons that, true to Shakespearean form, are still immeasurably relevant today.

The Tempest is Shakespeare’s last play for the stage. He crafted a remarkable farewell using all the elements of great playwriting: powerful text, impressive stagecraft, beautiful music, brilliantly funny scenes, and most important, a lot of magic. This heartfelt story of a parent who sees his daughter grow up and has to hand over the staff of life to the next generation takes us on a journey of vengeance, forgiveness, and wonder. Isolation gives way to a family reunion, music makes characters sane or drives them mad, savages and clowns make us laugh, and finally (of course!), love conquers all.


October 5, 6, 12, and 13
Door opens at 7 pm. Performance starts promptly at 7:30.


  • Adult ticket: $22.50 
  • For students ages 15+ with student ID, seniors 65+, active-duty military with military ID, teachers with school ID:, $16.50
  • Youth (through age 14): $12.50

The mission of the Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival, affectionately known as FlagShakes, is to faithfully portray classics of the Renaissance, as well as produce other actor-driven plays. Each Renaissance performance incorporates Elizabethan staging practices, making these plays accessible and providing a unique learning opportunity. Our performances and educational outreach enlighten our audiences and revitalize empathy. Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival is dedicated to offering exciting artistic opportunity and experience for residents of northern Arizona and visitors from around the world.

Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival was founded by a group of actors, scholars, and educators who delight in seeing the Bard’s work as originally intended on stage: intimate, dynamic, accessible, and linguistically rich.  Shakespeare wrote his plays for the stage, not the page, and we trust that the Bard knew what he was doing. We believe in enriching the classroom experience of Shakespeare by offering live performances, actor-led workshops, technical workshops, and extracurricular classes on Shakespeare and Renaissance literature.


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