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Announcing our 2024 Season:

This Rough Magic

Welcome back to the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival. We have been privileged to present exciting, joyous, and accessible classics on the banks of the St. Lawrence for over 20 years. Our 22nd season will continue this tradition of excellence, with stirring plays, rousing spectacle, and remarkable experiences. Join us for a magical night under the stars and some world-class performances.
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The Tempest
by William Shakespeare
Directed by James Wallis
July 13 to August 10
This imaginative play will illuminate the amphitheatre each night, where the natural background of the St. Lawrence River will bring to life the dream-like world of this Shakespearean romance. Incorporating music, puppetry, and beautiful text, this piece tells the story of loss, land, memory, revenge, and forgiveness.
She Stoops to Conquer
by Oliver Goldsmith
Directed by Julia Nish-Lapidus
July 17 to August 10



This lovable farce is the quintessential version of 18th Century “laughing comedy,” where society's eccentricities are the butt of the joke. This genuinely funny play is a crowd pleaser about lust, status, love, marriage, and mistaken identity, and is one of the most famous English comedies in the canon.

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Play On!
A Shakespeare Inspired Mixtape
created by Robert Markus, Julia Nish-Lapidus, & James Wallis
Originally commissioned by the Stratford Festival
August 13-17

A witty, entertaining, cabaret of pop music and Shakespearean text, bringing together a wide-range of songs from a variety of eras and genres, including The Beatles, Taylor Swift, Elton John, Prince, and more. This special one-week-only production, originally created for its sold-out run at the Stratford Festival, will excite every night with rhythm, joy, and poetry. A celebratory end to the season, with music for all ages.

$20 Tuesdays exclusively for Prescott residents!
Every Tuesday, Prescott residents can enjoy a fantastic $20 ticket.
Click HERE for more details.

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Make it a Dinner & A Show with a $25.00 ADD-ON Restaurant Voucher for only $20.00.  Click HERE for more details.
Cast & Crew
Meet our new Co-Artistic Directors, Julia Nish-Lapidus and James Wallis

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Introducing our Cast and Crew for 2024

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A Fundraiser in support of the 
St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival

  An Amateur Production Starring Community Members             

August 30 & 31

Plan your visit







Purchase a 2 of 3 show Flex Subscription Pass and save 10% or get a 3 show subscription pass and save 15%.



Gift certificates can be used towards paying for tickets.

  • Do I have to create an account to buy tickets?
    The first time you book with us online, you will be asked to set up a Festival account. Don’t worry, it’s very straightforward – just your contact details and a password. Then any future tickets you buy, you can log straight in and won’t need to input your details again. You can also easily exchange your tickets online for another showtime (subject to availability) up to 24 hours prior to the showtime of your current ticket(s).
  • What is the Flex Subscription Pass and how does it work?
    New this season, the flex subscription pass allows you to pick your own showtimes. You also save 10% off the Advance Sale price when you purchase a 2-Show Flex Subscription Pass or 15% OFF a 3-Show Flex Subscription Pass. Purchase your choice of a Flex Subscription Pass in advance either online or (during business hours) at our office located at 206 King St W, Prescott, ON or call our King St W Box Office during business hours at (613) 925-5788. You will receive a confirmation email that includes your unique Passcode. Do not share or disclose this passcode with anyone as it could result in your passcode being used by somebody else to redeem show tickets. Redeem the passcode for Show Tickets either online by following the link provided in your email or at the Box Office (by phone or in person). If you purchased a 2-Show Flex Subscription Pass, your passcode will be valid for one showing of your choice of 2 of the 3 shows offered this season. If you purchased a 3-Show Flex Subscription Pass, your passcode will be available for one showing of each of the 3 shows this season. The exception is that if you purchased multiple flex passes at the time of purchase, your passcode would be valid for that number of showings. In other terms, your passcode cannot be used to see the same show more than once (or more than the number of passes purchased). You may redeem your Passcode at any time prior to the performance you wish to attend. The passcode does not need to be redeemed for all 2 or 3 shows at the same time. However, redeeming your passcode for Show Tickets is subject to the availability of tickets remaining for the performance(s) you select.
  • Is there an intermission?
    Both The Tempest and She Stoops to Conquer run with a 15-minute intermission. Play On! has no intermission.
  • Is the amphitheatre accessible?
    There is access for wheelchairs and disabled visitors on the bottom level of the site next to the river, including the box office and toilets in the Marina building. We have an accessible area in the front row for those with limited mobility. Unfortunately, due to the terrain, there is no disabled access to the higher levels of the auditorium from the river level. If you have other seating requirements, please phone us to discuss your needs.
  • What happens if there's inclement weather?
    Being an outdoor theatre company, our fearless actors will not be deterred by a little rain and will continue to entertain you in the case of light showers. Audiences are welcome to use umbrellas, as long as they are sensitive to those sitting behind them. A limited number of Complimentary umbrellas are available for audience use! This season, we do have an alternate indoor venue, so performances will not be cancelled! The company will have an exciting alternate version of the show rehearsed and ready to go, so you don't need to worry about having your performance cancelled. If the weather looks bad for a performance, check our website, we'll keep you updated on which venue we'll be using. The indoor venue is a short 10 minute drive from the amphitheatre, and notice will be given to get to the venue Reasons for pausing or stopping the show once started are limited to: Threat of thunderstorms Threat of heavy rainfall Extreme heat: Humidex above 45°C If we must stop a show due to extreme weather or lightning, rain vouchers would be automatically issued with 24-48 hours of the cancelled performance. In common with standard theatre practice, money can only be refunded if a performance is cancelled for non-weather reasons. Ticket exchange only if cancelled for weather-related reasons.
  • What happens if it starts to rain during a performance?
    If weather becomes an issue during a performance, we may momentarily pause the production If the conditions do not improve in 20 minutes, we may cancel the performance. Refunds are not given for the cancellation or abandonment of a show as a result of the weather. For weather-related cancellations, a rain voucher will be sent to you via email to the email account you provided to us when you purchased the tickets. You will receive one rain voucher for each ticket purchased.
  • What happens if the show is cancelled for other reasons?
    If we do have to cancel for other reasons, we will announce it on social media and our website and will contact you by email. Depending on the reason for the show cancellation, patrons will be offered a ticket exchange, gift certificate or refund at the discretion of management.
  • Can I bring my dog?
    We welcome service dogs. For other dogs, we request that the owners sit where they can obtain a swift exit in case their dog becomes agitated or carried away with the action on stage and is impelled to join in.
  • Can I exchange or refund a ticket?
    Patrons can exchange their tickets up to 24 hours before showtime online - subject to availability. Follow the link in your confirmation email to exchange your ticket online or contact us by phone or at the box office. Except as noted for Show Cancellations - we are sorry but there are no refunds.
  • Will I have to wear a mask?
    Mask wearing will not be mandatory on the Festival grounds. However, we encourage those who wish to wear a mask to do so to support their own situation and needs, and we ask that everyone respect the individual mask choices of other site visitors.
  • What happens if I am unwell?
    We require – for the safety of other patrons and our artists – that patrons who are unwell stay home and contact the Box Office to reschedule their visit to the Festival. Please rest assured that the St Lawrence Shakespeare Festival also has the safety and well-being of its staff and artists at heart and has protocols in place to ensure this.
  • Parts of the theatre are steep, and the terraces are grass-covered, so we advise visitors to wear sensible footwear.

  • Saturday afternoon performances can be very hot, we suggest you wear a hat for comfort and bring an umbrella for shade or in case of a shower. 


  • We don't like to turn anyone away from our shows, but some visitors are less welcome than others! We have a mosquito trap placed in the amphitheatre, which makes a big difference, but if you are particularly sensitive to mosquitoes, you might want to bring some insect repellant with you, just in case.


The Town of Prescott is located on the north shore of the St. Lawrence River in southeastern Ontario. We are within easy access to many of the region's cities, points of interests, attractions and special activities. We are right across the river from New York State.


Highway 401 and Highway 2 pass through the town while Highway 416, also known as the Veterans Memorial Highway, borders the community. 

Parking is available at the bottom of Centre Street, opposite The Red George Pub; on Water Street at the junction of Edward Street; on the east side of town near the fort. 


Via Rail trains from Ottawa, Montreal & Toronto to Brockville and then taxi (20 min ride) to Prescott.


Follow NY-3 W, NY-56 N and NY-68 W to NY-37 E/NY-812 N in St. Lawrence County, take Ogdensburg-Prescott International Bridge into Canada and then take County Rd 2 heading west to Prescott, Canada


Fly to Ottawa International Airport - then 1-hr  drive to Prescott. From the US, you can also fly to Ogdensburg,  International Airport in New York State.


If you have to pick up your tickets - go to the box office window by the Marina. 


If you have your tickets already printed or on your phone - line up at your nearest entrance to your seats.  Ushers will then scan your tickets.

Join the Director’s Club!




A club for monthly donors, offering unprecedented access to the Festival and artists, including special Director's Club-only events throughout the year.


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All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts. 



The St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival is always looking for friendly, reliable, outgoing volunteers to assist our team in various areas. We are extremely grateful to our volunteers for their time and commitment.


Volunteers play an important role for our Festival and we have many roles for you to choose from.

  • Backstage

    • Set building

    • Painting

    • Sewing

    • Prop building/finding

  • Usher​

  • Box Office Cashier​

  • Customer Service Rep


  • Meet new people

  • Learn new skills

  • Enrich retirement

  • See some of your favourite artists or meet new ones

  • Be a proud member of a great team and know that you are enhancing your community

  • It's fun, we promise!


If you're interested in becoming one of our volunteers, please sign up here with the following information:


  • Your full name

  • Email address

  • A phone number we can reach you by

  • Which position you are interested in

  • Other information

    • Tell us about yourself

    • Special skills/interests, etc.



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Thanks for reaching out, we will be in touch soon!


The Festival is led by a dedicated Board of Directors.​​

Board positions are renewable 2-year terms.


Jo-Anne Beckstead (Chair)

Leanne Burton

Deanna Clark

Laurie Kirkby (Treasurer)

Sandra Lawn

Philip Pace

Susan Vallom



Co-Artistic Directors

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General Manager



Props & Wardrobe Supervisor



The St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival seeks to achieve the highest possible standards of artistic excellence by producing professional productions in magnificent natural surroundings while encouraging the greatest possible level of community involvement. It aspires to provide a creative summer home for artists with a passion for the classics and the talent to speak to audiences in such a way that their quality of life is enriched and their understanding of the human condition enhanced.


The Company began to take shape in 2002 after Deborah Smith of South Mountain brought a small, self-produced, touring production of Romeo & Juliet to the area.


The community was charmed by the idea of having live theatre in its midst and it was agreed that the Company could utilize the outdoor amphitheatre for a full production of The Tempest in the summer of 2003 and thus the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival was born.


Ian Farthing was appointed as the Festival's Artistic Director. He oversaw the expansion of the theatre's activities to a season of two mainstage Shakespeare productions, a full Sunday Series of events and an education program.


SLSF had the distinction of being the only Canadian Theatre to present Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre’s international touring production of Hamlet.

At the end of 2014, Ian Farthing handed over the Artistic Directorship to Rona Waddington.Innovations introduced by Rona included recruiting a team of local volunteers to plays crowds and soldiers in productions of Julius Caesar and Antony and Cleopatra, facilitating work on a scale that had not yet been seen at the Festival, and a series of “Community Productions”, in which post-season productions were directed by Rona, as fundraisers for the Festival, that exclusively featured local amateur actors.


In November 2017, Richard Sheridan Willis became Artistic Director, taking the company into its next phase of development and growth.


In December 2023, Julia Nish-Lapidus and James Wallis were named the new Co-Artistic Directors of the company, bringing new energy to foster growth, building an exciting future for the Festival.

With no other professional outdoor theatre in the St.Lawrence Seaway area, the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival fulfils a key role in the artistic life of the region. The unique riverside setting combined with the high quality of the performances has resulted in a 600% increase in attendance over the first twelve years.

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