If you’re wanting to introduce your children and family to one of the greatest playwrights of all time, then Summer Shakespeare should be on your bucket list this year. All shows are family-friendly, and they even offer a free accessible preview for those families who have people with disabilities or special needs. With performances throughout June and July in Greenville, SC, you’re sure to have a good time appreciating the arts and laughing with your family this summer.
About Summer Shakespeare
Summer Shakespeare is a local theater company that focuses on high-quality, affordable productions for the whole family. Located in Greenville, SC, they have been performing Shakespeare’s plays since 1995.
The company makes each play more family-friendly by cutting the length of each play and substituting current words for some words that are more obsolete. And while some well-behaved 2-3 year olds have quietly sat through some productions, they tend to see more enjoyment from children around 4-5 years old and up.
Summer 2022 Show: Love’s Labor Lost
This year, Summer Shakespeare is introducing you and your family to four beautiful and brainy women… four scholars-turned-suitors… and a troupe of confident yet clumsy clowns in Shakespeare’s romantic comedy Love’s Labor Lost.
2022 Performance Dates
All shows begin at 7:30 pm and last roughly one hour + intermission with the exception of a matinee performance on June 25
- Thursday, June 23
- Friday, June 24
- Saturday, June 25 (2:00 pm matinee)
- Saturday, July 9
- Monday, July 11
- Friday, July 15
- Saturday, July 16
- Monday, July 18
- Friday, July 22
- Saturday, July 23
- Monday, July 25
Summer Shakespeare wants everyone to be able to enjoy the plays, so every year they offer a free accessible preview performance for those with autism or other special needs. Here are some of the ways they modify the performance for accessibility:
- House lights stay up
- Limited use of lights
- Limited use of loud noises
- More room to accommodate wheelchairs or those who prefer to stand and move around
These special previews are a great way for families to enjoy theater performances in a more comfortable way.
This year’s accessible preview will be on June 21 at 6:30 pm. If you’re interested, please email [email protected]. Space is limited and first-come first-served.
Have you ever taken your children to see a Summer Shakespeare performance?