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1195 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH, 45202, US

Phone: (513) 381-2273


Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is a resident ensemble theatre company bringing Shakespeare and the Classics to life for all.

We are a Company that is participating in the global dialogue by producing the classic canon, commissioning the next generation of classics, and engaging the artists, schools, and communities of Cincinnati.


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CSC 2022-2023 Season Trailer

From zombies, to world premieres, and great Shakespeare comedies and tragedies- check out the 2022-2023 Season line up!

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The Importance of Being Earnest

Avoiding an unwanted social engagement? Two bachelors have found way out! Gallivanting under the false identity of “Earnest,” “bunburying” is the perfect solution to avoiding one's duties and responsibilities by claiming to have appointments to see a fictitious person. But their convoluted schemes of trivial deception and disguise become the delights of fools when they fall for two women who only love men named Earnest. Are romantic engagements possible if they avoid their true identity? Farcical fun abounds in one of the funniest comedies in the English language, Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, dubiously dubbed “A Trivial Comedy for Serious People.”

When: August 4, 2023 12:00PM - August 20, 2023 12:00PM
Where: Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
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The sanctity of marriage is threatened when sanity is at stake. Strange things start to happen to the newlyweds Bella and Jack in this turn of the century Victorian thriller as their seemingly perfect marriage devolves into something sinister. Why is the attic door locked? Whose footsteps wander the halls at night? And is that gaslight flickering… or not? Bella’s reality is twisted, forcing her to question both the truth and her husband’s intentions in this haunting thriller based on the acclaimed play and classic film and the story that gave rise to 2022’s word of the year: Gaslight.

Produced in Partnership with Merrimack Repertory Theatre

When: September 8, 2023 12:00PM - September 24, 2023 12:00PM
Where: Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
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Wrecking Ball

A Hollywood writers' room becomes tense when drama spills beyond scripts and screens into the real world. A team of screenwriters get together to adapt a beloved, yet controversial, classic play for a new television series, but production halts when a shocking truth is revealed. The "Wrecking Ball" demolishes the pristine façade of Hollywood, and this cast of characters must find a way to rebuild in this caustic contemporary comedy that will have you talking the whole ride home.

When: October 13, 2023 12:00PM - October 28, 2023 12:00PM
Where: Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
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A Midsummer Night's Dream

Love is magic and mayhem. Two young lovers flee to the forest, hoping to find solace from the laws of the city, but feuding fairies have other ideas, throwing love triangles, potions, a troupe of bumbling thespians, and a donkey head into the mix. With a midwinter twist, A Midsummer Night’s Dream brings whimsical warmth and adventures to this classically summer tale perfect for the whole family.

When: November 10, 2023 12:00PM - December 2, 2023 12:00AM
Where: Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
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Every Christmas Story Ever Told

CSC's holiday smash hit Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!) is back again for another season of holiday hilarity! What begins as another annual production of A Christmas Carol, soon devolves into a slightly irreverent look at all of our favorite “Beloved Holiday Classics” including pop culture favorites like It’s a Wonderful Life, Rudolph, Charlie Brown and more! Add in topical references that always keep this annual tradition fresh and fun as we send up everything from Dickens to Dr. Seuss in an evening of high octane jollity and frivolity.

Content Advisory: Not recommended for any theatergoer who still believes in Santa

When: December 7, 2023 12:00AM - December 30, 2023 12:00AM
Where: Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
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The Amen Corner

In a small, God-fearing church on a street corner in Harlem, devout pastor Margaret Anderson is confronted with her complicated past. Her estranged husband returns provoking conflict in her family putting their son at a crossroads. Will Margaret find forgiveness? Will the congregation accept the complexities of life? Or will both remain unyielding in their religious convictions? James Baldwin’s scalding and exultant masterpiece of the modern American theatre, proves it is faith and the love we have for our community that sees us through.

When: January 26, 2024 12:00AM - February 11, 2024 12:00AM
Where: Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
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Julius Caesar

Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. The cutthroat world of Roman politics is exposed when the ambitious, yet oblivious, Julius Caesar becomes the target for assassination. To add insult to injury, it’s his trusted associates who are conspiring. Their actions set off a chain of events, plunging Rome into a civil war. Taking a contemporary view of this ferocious tale of power and loyalty, these infamous characters face the consequences of betrayal and the brutal nature of tyranny.

When: March 1, 2024 12:00AM - March 23, 2024 12:00AM
Where: Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
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Much Ado About Nothing

No romantic comedy is complete without a couple of lovers, their group of scheming friends, and a destination wedding. Hero and Claudio may have found their other half, but their friends, the two fiery, and staunchly single, Beatrice and Benedick, can’t stand each other. Good thing the other wedding guests are on hand to trick the hapless couple into falling hopelessly in love. You’re invited to this witty rom com complete with rumors, enemies-to-lovers, and saucy gossip. And if Beatrice and Benedick both believe “it’s not me, it’s you,” maybe it is "Much Ado About Nothing."

When: April 12, 2024 12:00AM - May 5, 2024 12:00AM
Where: Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
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