Renaissance Delights on the Colorado Plateau: The Utah Shakespearean Festival

Step back to Elizabethan England. It's a much shorter trip than you might think, only 60 miles north to the community of Cedar City for Utah's premier theater event -- the highly acclaimed Utah Shakespearean Festival, which has been presenting professionally staged works by Shakespeare and others since 1962.

The summer season, which runs from late June through August, includes six plays -- usually three by Shakespeare and three others -- in which top actors perform in true Elizabethan style in an open-air replica of the original Globe Theatre and in a modern enclosed theater. Then there are usually three productions during the fall season, which runs from mid-September to late October. Productions scheduled for 2010 include Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing, Merchant of Venice, Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps, The Diary of Anne Frank, and Greater Tuna.

You can also take a backstage tour for $8 per person in the summer and $6 per person in the fall. A variety of other programs and special events are scheduled.

The festival is held on the Southern Utah University campus, 351 W. Center St., Cedar City, UT 84720. Ticket prices range from $21 to $68. There is a $10 per-order handling fee for tickets ordered by phone, mail, or online. For tickets and information, call tel. 800/PLAYTIX (752-9849] or 435/586-7878; or check out the festival's website,

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.