2022 Original Practice Shakespeare Festival | Free, 25 Shakespeare Plays in 2 Months

OPSFest brings no-cost Shakespeare to parks all over the Portland Metro area. The company uses the original practice techniques of Elizabethan England: limited rehearsal, scrolls in hand, audience interaction, and an onstage prompter!


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From press release:
Original Practice Shakespeare Festival
Summer 2022
More info: opsfest.org

The sun is staying out later and later, and that can only mean one thing: Midsummer Midsommer is right around the corner! Join us Tuesday, June 21st at the summit of Mt. Tabor for our twelfth-annual romp through A Midsommer Nights Dreame to ring in the summer solstice. And, as always, YOU choose the cast! Show up early to see some of your favorite OPS actors campaigning for their favorite faeries, frolicking lovers, or ffff…Theseus. Pretend that one started with an f. Voting starts at 8 PM, with curtain at 9.

Warning: This performance will not be suitable for children.

But Midsummer Midsommer is just the start! We have 30 performances spread out over just over two months, all across the Portland area!

We’re back with two more of Shakespeare’s plays, bringing us to a whopping 25 different shows! Check out our first in-person performances of Richard II (July 24th @ 7 PM in Irving Park) and Antony & Cleopatra (August 5th @ 7 PM in Irving Park). We’ve also got our second-annual Apprentice/Intern Showcase (August 21st @ 7 PM in the Mt. Tabor Amphitheatre), featuring our immensely talented A/I company. And, as always, we conclude our season in the Mt. Tabor Amphitheatre with the Gentle Shows! This year, join us for the Gentlethems’ Show, Romeo and Juliet, on Friday, August 26th. Then, on Saturday, August 27th, we present the Gentlewomens’ Show, A Midsommer Nights Dreame. Finally, we conclude our season on Sunday, August 28th, with the Gentlemens’ Show, Richard III.

See one, or try to catch ’em all! Pokemon’s still a culturally relevant reference, right? Well, regardless, we’ll see you there!


  • Tues, 6/21 – ​9PM: A Midsommer Nights Dreame @ Mt Tabor Summit
  • Sat, 6/25 – 7PM: As You Like It @ Lents Park


  • ​Fri, 7/1 – 7PM: Taming of the Shrew @ Cathedral Park
  • ​Sat, 7/2 – 7PM: Julius Caesar @ Cathedral Park
  • Thurs, 7/7 – 7PM: Measure for Measure @ Laurelhurst Park
  • Fri, 7/8 – 7PM: The Life of Henry the Fift @ Laurelhurst Park
  • Sat, 7/9 – 7PM: Much Adoe About Nothing @ Laurelhurst Park
  • Sun, 7/10 – 7PM: Richard III @ Laurelhurst Park
  • Thurs, 7/14 – 7PM: Merry Wives of Windsor @ Laurelhurst Park
  • Fri, 7/15 – 7PM: King Lear @ Laurelhurst Park
  • Sat, 7/16 – 7PM: The Tragedie of Macbeth @ Laurelhurst Park
  • Sun, 7/17 – 7PM: Winter’s Tale @ Laurelhurst Park
  • Thu, 7/21 – 7PM: Henry IV, pt 1 @ Irving Park
  • Fri, 7/22 – 7PM: All’s Well That Ends Well @ Irving Park
  • Sat, 7/23 – 7PM: Two Gentlemen of Verona @ Irving Park
  • Sun, 7/24 – 7PM: The Life and Death of Richard II @ Irving Park
  • POSTPONED DUE TO HEAT – Thurs, 7/28 – 7PM: The Tempest @ Cully Park
  • Sun, 7/31 – 7PM: Comedie of Errors @ Elizabeth Caruthers Park


  • Thurs, 8/4 – 7PM: Loves Labour’s Lost @ Irving Park
  • Fri, 8/5 – 7PM: Antony & Cleopatra FIRST NIGHT! @ Irving Park
  • Sat, 8/6 – 7PM: The Tragedie of Hamlet @ Irving Park
  • Thurs, 8/11 – 7PM: Comedie of Errors (Abridged) @ THPRD / Beaverton
  • Thurs, 8/18 – 7PM: The Tragedie of Othello @ Luuwit View Park
  • Fri, 8/19 – 7PM: The Tragedie of Romeo & Juliet @ Washington Park
  • Sun, 8/21 – 2PM: Twelfe Night (or What You Will) @ Mt Tabor Amphitheatre
  • Sat, 8/20 – 7PM: A Midsommer Nights Dreame @ Washington Park
  • Sun, 8/21 – 7PM: Apprentice/Intern Showcase @ Mt Tabor Amphitheatre
  • Fri, 8/26 – 7PM: Romeo and Juliet (The Gentlethem’s Show) @ Mt Tabor Amphitheatre
  • Sat, 8/27 – 7PM: A Midsommer Nights Dreame (The Gentlewomens’ Show) @ Mt Tabor Amphitheatre
  • Sun, 8/28 – 7PM: Richard III (The Gentlemens’ Show) @ Mt Tabor Amphitheatre


  • Sat, 9/3 – 7PM: Henry IV, pt 2 @ Irving Park



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