Bard of the Bay Pop-up Performances

The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival is kicking off the “35 Famous Speeches in 35 Famous Places” in honor of its 35th anniversary season. From February through August, the Festival’s professional actors will present FREE public performances of the Bard’s most famous speeches, surrounded by iconic San Francisco landmarks. This is ideal for children to engage in a shorter Shakespearean experience in a classic San Francisco setting.

Hamlet - O that this too too solid flesh would melt...
February 11, 11:00am
Boardwalk of Chrissy Field, overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge

The speech will be performed by Davern Wright, who has been cast to play the famous Danish prince in the Festival’s Free Shakespeare in the Park production of Hamlet this summer.

A Midsummer Night's Dream - These are the forgeries of jealousy...
February 12, 1:00pm
Conservatory of Flowers

Enjoy Titania's monologue performed by Festival Resident Artist Sarah Shoshana David and featuring students from SF Shakes’ residency programs.

Romeo and Juliet - But soft, what light through yonder window breaks...
February 14, 12:30pm

Resident Artists Carl Holvick and Lauren Spencer will reprise their acclaimed portrayals of the title characters from the Festival’s 2015 Free Shakespeare in the Park enact the lovers’ famous balcony scene in a location to be announced.

35 Famous Speeches Kick-off Event
February 16, 6pm
Presidio Officers’ Club

The free kickoff event at the will give attendees the chance to meet the performers, learn more about the Festival’s 35th Anniversary season.

March 5
Asian Art Museum

Multi-lingual interpretation of Lady Macbeth performed by Resident Artist Radhika Rao during the Asian Art Museum’s free admission day.

More to be announced soon!

“This ‘35 Famous Speeches in 35 Famous Places’ project is the perfect way for us to celebrate our 35th anniversary season,” says Artistic Director Rebecca Ennals. “It not only gives us a chance to appreciate this beautiful city, which we’ve been proud to call home for 35 years, but it’s also in keeping with our mission to make Shakespeare accessible to audiences of all ages and backgrounds.”

Each speech performance will be free, open to the public, and family-friendly. To learn more about upcoming speeches and locations, visit on their website, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest