Production History

Get a historical perspective on Cincinnati Shakespeare Company and the productions we’ve staged.

Season Twenty

The 39 Steps adapted by Patrick Barlow from the novel by John Buchan from the movie of Alfred Hitchcock
Oliver Twist adapted by Neil Bartlett from the novel by Charles Dickens
Of Mice and Men adapted from the novel by John Steinbeck
The Crucible by Arthur Miller
Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!) by Michael Carleton, John K Alvarez and James Fitzgerald
Hamlet by William Shakespeare
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard
Henry IV: Part 1 & 2 by William Shakespeare
The Two Noble Kinsmen by William Shakespeare
Private Lives by Noel Coward

Season Nineteen

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle adaptation by Steve Canny & John Nicholson
Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird adapted by Christopher Sergel
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
Titus Andronicus by William Shakespeare
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)  by Michael Carleton, John K Alvarez and James Fitzgerald
Richard II by William Shakespeare
Dangerous Liaisons by Christopher Hampton
A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare
Encore Presentation:
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle adaptation by Steve Canny & John Nicholson

Season Eighteen

Bedroom Farce by Alan Ayckbourne
A Man for All Seasons by Robert Bolt
Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Love’s Labour’s Lost by William Shakespeare
Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)  by Michael Carleton, John K Alvarez and James Fitzgerald
Henry VIII: All Is True by William Shakespeare
Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility a new adaptation by Jon Jory
John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath adapted by Frank Galati
The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare
The Compleat Works of Wllm Shkspr (abridged)  by William Shakespeare, Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Borgeson

Season Seventeen: What Lies Beneath

Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward
Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare
Dracula by Bram Stoker adapted by Steven Dietz
Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus by Jim Helsinger adapted from the novel by Mary Shelley
Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)  by Michael Carleton, John K Alvarez and James Fitzgerald
The Merry Wives of Windsor by WIlliam Shakespeare
The Life and Death of King John by William Shakespeare
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen - a new adaptation by Jon Jory
Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
The Two Gentleman of Verona by William Shakespeare
The Compleat Works of Wllm Shkspr (abridged)  by William Shakespeare, Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Borgeson

Season Sixteen: The Rules of the Game

Engaged by W.S. Gilbert
The Lion in Winter by James Goldman
All’s Well that Ends Well by William Shakespeare
The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare
Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)  by Michael Carleton, John K Alvarez and James Fitzgerald
Studio Series: Krapp’s Last Tape by Samuel Beckett and Miss Julie by August Strindberg – new adaptation by David French
Othello by WIlliam Shakespeare
An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde
The Compleat Works of Wllm Shkspr (abridged)  by William Shakespeare, Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Borgeson

Season Fifteen: Between Genius and Madness

Barefoot in the Park by Neil Simon
Amadeus by Peter Shaffer
Turn of the Screw by Henry James adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher
Hamlet by William Shakespeare
Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)  by Michael Carleton, John K Alvarez and James Fitzgerald
Studio Series: The Seagull by Anton Chekhov – new adaptation by Tom Stoppard
Timon of Athens by William Shakespeare
The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare
Arms and the Man by George Bernard Shaw

Season Fourteen: The Ties That Bind

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
Cymbeline by William Shakespeare
Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus by Jim Helsinger adapted from the novel by Mary Shelley
A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
Studio Series: No Exit by Jean-Paul Sartre and Endgame by Samuel Beckett
The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
King Lear by William Shakespeare
Long Day’s Journey Into Night by Eugene O’Niell

Season Thirteen: Hopes and Dreams

In 2006, the Company changed its name from Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival to the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company as a year-round arts organization that is proud to be a constant here in the Queen City with the continued support of loyal audiences, donors, and sponsors.

As You Like It by William Shakespeare
Macbeth by William Shakespeare
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare
The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov
The Tempest by William Shakespeare
Studio Series: The Dumb Waiter by Harold Pinter and The Women of Troy by Euripides
Greater Tuna by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears, and Ed Howard

Season Twelve: Empire

Our Town by Thornton Wilder
Titus Andronicus by William Shakespeare
Private Lives by Noel Coward
Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare
Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
Richard III by William Shakespeare
Studio Series: Waiting for Lefty by Clifford Odets
Summer Fling: The Compleat Works of Wllm Shkspr (abridged)  by William Shakespeare, Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Borgeson

Season Eleven: In Love and War

Love’s Labour’s Lost by William Shakespeare
All My Sons by Arthur Miller
Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol by Tom Mula
Henry V by William Shakespeare
Troilus and Cressida by William Shakespeare
Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee
Summer Fling: The Compleat Works of Wllm Shkspr (abridged)  by William Shakespeare, Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Borgeson

Season Ten

In 2003, Interim Artistic Director Nick Rose turned artistic leadership of the Company over to Brian Isaac Phillips.

The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare
Dracula by Bram Stoker
Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol by Tom Mula
Hamlet by William Shakespeare
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard
Pericles by William Shakespeare
The Wars of the Roses by William Shakespeare

Season Nine

In 2002, Founding Artistic Director Jasson Minadakis turned artistic leadership of the Company over to Founding Company Member Nick Rose and longtime Company member Brian Isaac Phillips. The Company finished a major renovation to its theater space by installing more than 150 new seats, funded by a generous grant from the city of Cincinnati.

The Compleat Works of Wllm Shkspr (abridged)  by William Shakespeare, Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Borgeson
Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train by Stephen Adly Guirgis
The Gimmick by Dael Orlandersmith
Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol by Tom Mula
Beowulf: Doom of the Just by Brian Isaac Phillips and Matt Johnson
The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare
A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
Tartuffe by Molière
The Gingham Dog by Lanford Wilson

Season Eight

In 2001, the Young Company program was launched to give early-career classical actors a full year of training and performance with the resident acting ensemble. The Young Company members serve as our primary Education Ambassadors by performing in the popular Two Hours’ Traffic programs. Young Company members have gone on to work with prestigious regional theaters throughout the country.

One Flea Spare by Naomi Wallace
A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
Fuddy Meers by David Lindsay-Abaire
Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol by Tom Mula
Arcadia by Tom Stoppard
Othello by William Shakespeare
Nocturne by Adam Rapp
As You Like It by William Shakespeare
The Beard of Avon by Amy Freed
Chagrin Falls by Mia McCullough

Season Seven

In 2000, the resident acting ensemble of seven actors became full-time staff members. By paying actors a living wage, Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival allowed them to focus more exclusively on their craft and professional development.

Othello by William Shakespeare
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare
The Weir by Conor McPherson
The Compleat Works of Wllm Shkspr (abridged)  by William Shakespeare, Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Borgeson
Macbeth (Educational Tour) by William Shakespeare
Betrayal by Harold Pinter
Macbeth by William Shakespeare
The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare
Lovers and Executioners by John Strand
Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2, The Heart of a Man by William Shakespeare
A Chance of Lightning by Joseph McDonough

Season Six

In 1999, Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival became one of the first Associate Members of the Cincinnati Fine Arts Fund, along with eight other local midsize arts organizations.

Hamlet by William Shakespeare
A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
The Tempest by William Shakespeare
Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare
The Misanthrope by Molière
The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare
The Oedipus Trilogy by Sophocles
Coriolanus by William Shakespeare

Season Five

In 1998, Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival moved into a small movie theater in downtown Cincinnati that was former home of The Movies, and converted it into a small thrust-stage theater with 185 seats, including 45 seats on the stage.

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
King Lear by William Shakespeare
The School for Scandal by R.B. Sheridan
The Wars of the Roses by William Shakespeare
A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
Richard III by William Shakespeare
The Two Gentlemen of Verona by William Shakespeare

Season Four

In 1997, the Company officially changed its name from Fahrenheit Theatre Company to Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival in order to clarify its mission and its relationship to other regional Shakespeare theaters. Also in 1997, the Company began offering its touring educational programs, including Shakespearience and Two Hours’ Traffic.

Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
Hamlet by William Shakespeare
The Alchemist by Benjamin Jonson
Othello by William Shakespeare
Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare
The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Season Three

In 1996, Fahrenheit Theatre Company moved to the Fifth Third Bank theater in the Aronoff Performance Center in the heart of downtown Cincinnati.

Henry V by William Shakespeare
She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
Love’s Labour’s Lost by William Shakespeare
Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare

Season Two

Fahrenheit Theatre Company produced five plays in its first season in various local venues, beginning with Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew at Gabriel’s Corner in Over-the-Rhine. Since that time, the Company has enjoyed rapid artistic growth, a loyal audience base, and critical acclaim.

Dracula: Seduction in Blood and Ritual of Blood by Cheryl L. Heath
As You Like It by William Shakespeare
Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe
The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare

Season One

The Company originally was incorporated under the name Fahrenheit Theatre Company (FTC). Beginning with a small grant in 1993, a group of young theater artists founded the FTC with the mission of producing Shakespeare and the classics for modern audiences.

The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare
Beowulf
Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
The Color Wheel by Stacy Jordan Pershall
Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare