Summer Shakespeare


  • Western Summer Shakespeare is a longstanding tradition in the London community. It is outdoor theatre, staged on campus at Western University.
  • The first Western Summer Shakespeare performance took place on 4 August 1981, making it the longest running campus, or indeed outdoor, Summer Shakespeare in Canada (longer than the Dream in High Park by two years!).
  • Our productions run typically for five to ten nights, usually during July.
  • Auditions are scheduled in March-April (before classes end), and the show is rehearsed at Western in May-July.
  • Western Summer Shakespeare welcomes participation from students, staff, and friends of Western University, Fanshawe College, and from within the wider London community.

Western Summer Shakespeare is committed to providing students, whether from Western, Fanshawe, or other institutions, with the opportunity to play major roles on and off the stage. In casting the show, priority should be given to students, though all members of the community are welcome to audition and a diverse cast is welcome.

 Previous Summer Shakespeare Productions

2017: The Tempest
2016: Much Ado About Nothing
2015: As You Like It
2014: Twelfth Night
2013: King Lear
2012: The Winter’s Tale
2011: Antony and Cleopatra
2010: The Merchant of Venice

2009: The Taming of the Shrew
2008: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
2007: Measure for Measure
2006: The Winter's Tale
2005: Twelfth Night
2003: Henry V
2002: As You Like It
2001: Romeo and Juliet

2000: Richard III
1999: Measure for Measure
1996: Twelfth Night
1995: As You Like It
1990: As You Like It
1983: As You Like It
1982: Twelfth Night
1981: A Midsummer Night's Dream