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Harrisburg Shakespeare Company

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Harrisburg Shakespeare Company (HSC) has been providing a unique and widely praised cultural resource to the Central PA community since 1994. HSC is best known for Free Shakespeare in the Park, which provides critically acclaimed free performances to thousands each summer. HSC produces shows at Gamut Theatre's Select Medical Mainstage and tours a Shakespeare work annually to high schools, middle schools and colleges, in addition to the annual Free Shakespeare in the Park. HSC is the Visiting Resident Theatre Company of Penn State York and host Shakespeare-based Continuing Legal Education programs with the Dauphin County Bar Association. We are internationally recognized as well: Melissa Nicholson, Executive Director, is the President of the Shakespeare Theatre Association, the preeminent Shakespeare Theatre organization; and HSC has been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Harrisburg Shakespeare Company performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. 

The Box Office and Bar will open one hour prior to show time. 

Free Shakespeare In The Park performances out in Reservoir Park are Wednesdays-Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Dramatized by Joseph Robinette
From the story by C.S. Lewis

November 15 - December 8, 2019

“When Adam’s flesh and Adam’s bone
Sits at Cair Paravel in throne,
The evil time will be over and done.”

Follow the adventures of four children: Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy, who inadvertently wander from an old wardrobe into the exciting, never-to-be-forgotten Narnia. There, they learn the magic and mystery of Aslan, the great lion, and his struggle with the White Witch, who is determined to keep Narnia in her possession and to end the reign of Aslan. An epic battle between good and evil begins as the children choose sides and discover courage and forgiveness. Will they fulfill a long-ago prophecy? Or forge a new beginning?

Based on the classic children’s fantasy by C.S. Lewis, this story of love, faith, and giving is a true celebration of life!

Doors and bar open one hour prior to performance.

An Enemy of the People
By Henrik Ibsen
Adapted by Arthur Miller

February 29 - March 15, 2020

“Without power, what good is the truth?”

A small, coastal fishing community enters into a new era of prosperity and fame when the town’s socially-minded, but prideful doctor convinces his brother, the authoritarian and equally prideful mayor, and other leading citizens to transform the local hot springs into a health resort. But, the town’s new found fortune is balanced upon the edge of a razor after Dr. Stockmann makes a shocking discovery that will set brother against brother and neighbor against neighbor. Though written by Ibsen in 1882 and adapted by Miller in 1950, An Enemy Of The People grapples with timeless, societal themes such as political and social corruption, science denial, media manipulation, power, class and the isolation of the principled versus the tyranny of the mob. “...Standing up for the truth is for the strong, and the strong must learn to be lonely.”

Doors and bar open one hour prior to performance.

By William Shakespeare

April 17 - 19, 2020

“What a piece of work is a man?” Hamlet is one of the most powerful and influential tragedies in the English language. Gamut Theatre’s interpretation deals with the most compelling of the plays themes: Philosophy, revenge, morality, psychosis, and suicide through the eye of the adolescent. A modern version of this age old play is sure to intrigue and challenge any age, leaving them with the question “To be, or not to be?

 Recommended for ages 12 and up, the production is extremely accessible, employing Gamut’s unique educational engagement style of combining Shakespeare’s original text with modern narrations to bridge the most famous scenes from the play together into an easy-to-understand story. This dynamic show is performed by six highly–talented actors, runs 90 minutes, and each performance is followed by a talk-back discussion with the audience.

Doors and bar open one hour prior to performance.

By Euripides

June 5 - 20, 2020

Free Shakespeare in the Park takes a break from our house playwright this year to bring you the work of another great classic writer, Euripides. Medea has challenged audiences for 2500 years in an exploration of love, loss, betrayal, and horrific consequences. Although the story is one of our oldest, it stands tall as one of the great inquiries into the often harsh nature of public image and private consequence.

Reservoir Park are Wednesdays-Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.


General Admission: $36
Seniors/Military (with ID): $30
Students (with ID): $15
Adult (Ages 19-25): $19

Tickets will be available online for all performances up until 2 hours before show time. At that time, ticket sales will temporarily close. Tickets will be available at the Box Office one hour prior to show time. 

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