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.

2017 Summer Shakespeare - The Tempest

Join us for the 37th Annual Western Summer Shakespeare production of The Tempest.

July 27-30, August 3-6, 7 pm nightly
Outdoors, behind the IGAB building
Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors, and are available at the door.

About The Tempest:
On a magical island, Prospero, the dispossessed Duke of Milan, conjures up a shipwreck in order to free himself and his daughter Miranda from exile, with the help of his enchanted servant, Ariel.

The Tempest poster

Previous Summer Shakespeare Productions

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