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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. 

Check the season calendar for specific show dates. 

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


General Admission: $30
Seniors/Military (with ID): $25
Students (with ID): $15
Student Matinee Performances: $12

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. 

2018-2019 Harrisburg Shakespeare Company Season

Gamut Signature Fall Play- William Shakespeare's Pericles, Prince of Tyre 
November 3-25, 2018

“And yet he rides it out...”
After unraveling a deadly secret, Pericles, the Prince of Tyre, must flee his homeland to save his life from the wrath of a tyrannous king. What follows is an epic and swashbuckling tale spanning the globe as our hero navigates danger, love, birth, and death (with just a dash of piracy)! Both profoundly moving and refreshingly funny, Pericles, Prince of Tyre touches on themes very close to home: separated families, refugees, speaking truth to power, and the belief that miracles can and will happen. Join us for our fresh, diverse, and engaging take on Shakespeare’s greatest tale of adventure.

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. 
Sundays at 2:30 p.m.
Doors and bar open one hour prior to performance.
Tickets can be purchased HERE  or by calling the box office at (717) 238-4111.

Gamut Holiday Show- Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some) 
by By Michael Carleton, James FitzGerald and John K. Alvarez

Tom, Clark, and Melissa bring you a comic adventure of every Christmas story ever told (okay, maybe not EVERY story, but most!) -- plus Christmas traditions from around the world, seasonal icons from ancient times to topical pop-culture, and every carol ever sung. A fast-paced, madcap romp through the holiday season!

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. 
Sundays at 2:30 p.m.
Doors and bar open one hour prior to performance.
Tickets can be purchased  HERE or by calling the box office at (717) 238-4111.

Gamut Showcase Spring Play- All The King’s Men 
by Robert Penn Warren
February 16- March 3, 2019


“Blood on the moon!!!”
There is something about the accumulation of power that is beguiling and terrifying. Such is the story of Willie Stark, the small-town, self-educated Louisiana lawyer who builds a political machine to raise himself to ever greater heights in the eyes and the hearts of the most humble and bereft of hope. In the process he becomes a hero to some, a tyrant to others, and a grinding force of destruction to all those unfortunate enough to be cogs in his machine.

In 1946, Robert Penn Warren published the novel All the King’s Men, loosely based on the life and career of Louisiana governor Huey Long. It won the Pulitzer Prize for Literature, and served as the basis for a film adaptation which won the Academy Awards for Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Picture. We are proud to present to our Gamut audience Robert Penn Warren’s own stage adaptation of the timeless tale of the ambition and corruption present whenever and wherever men mistake themselves for gods.

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. 
Sundays at 2:30 p.m.
Doors and bar open one hour prior to performance.
Tickets can be purchased  HERE or by calling the box office at (717) 238-4111.

William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar 
Educational Outreach Public Performances
March 15-17, 2019


“Beware the Ides of March...”  

Gamut Theatre, the combined theatre of Harrisburg Shakespeare Company and Popcorn Hat Players Children’s Theatre, presents its highly anticipated educational outreach production of Julius Caesar.  One of Shakespeare’s most famous tragedies, Julius Caesar depicts the political conspiracy that leads to the assassination of one of the most powerful and successful leaders of the Roman Empire and the aftermath of this chilling historical event.  The play explores hubris vs. humility and friendship vs. patriotism: “Et tu, Brute?”

Recommended for ages 12 and up, the production is extremely accessible, employing Gamut’s unique educational outreach 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 seven highly–talented actors, runs 90 minutes, and features driving music, stylized interpretation, and dramatic fights, which have become a hallmark of Gamut’s touring Shakespeare productions.  Each performance is followed by a post-show discussion with the actors.  Workshops are also available for students to gain a deeper understanding of the play.

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. 
Sundays at 2:30 p.m.
Doors and bar open one hour prior to performance.
Tickets can be purchased  HERE or by calling the box office at (717) 238-4111.

26th Annual Free Shakespeare in the Park, 
Much Ado About Nothing 
May 31- June 15, 2019


“Friendship is constant in all other things, Save in the office and affairs of love...”

Celebrating victory after a hard-fought war, the ladies and gentlemen of Messina renew their own “merry war” of courtship and deceit, love and vengeance. But in this atmosphere of trickery, where new passions mix with old resentments, can they trust their eyes? Their ears? Their hearts? Shakespeare’s wittiest comedy invites us to laugh at love and all the ways it brings out the best (and worst) in us.

Join Gamut Theatre Group's Harrisburg Shakespeare Company for the 25th Annual Free Shakespeare in the Park held at Reservoir Park in Harrisburg! Admission is FREE. We will be collecting canned good items for Bethesda Mission and encourage you to bring a donation.

Come early with your own blankets or chairs to grab a spot on the lawn and enjoy Shakespeare under the stars!

Don’t forget a flashlight to help you get back to your car after the show!

Wednesday- Saturday 7:30 p.m. 
Reservoir Park, Harrisburg PA
Admission is Free