Enjoy Shakespeare Under the Stars at USJ



On Stage Summer 2020

As You Like It

July 16 - August 2, 2020



Each year Capital Classics brings outdoor Shakespeare to the University of Saint Joseph's beautiful campus.


Capital Classics Theatre Company will celebrate its 29th anniversary season with the staging of As You Like It, Shakespeare's comedic tale of love in all its forms and foibles. Directed by Geoffrey Sheehan - Capital Classics Artistic Associate and a professor of theater arts at the Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport, CT.


The Greater Hartford Shakespeare Festival is held outdoors (indoors in case of rain or extreme heat) at the University of Saint Joseph, 1678 Asylum Avenue in West Hartford, Connecticut. Audience members should bring their own lawn chairs or blankets. The Autorino Center does not provide any outdoor seating. There are also designated areas for blankets (up front) and lawn chairs (middle and back). And, it's just a short walk from the free parking lot to the theater building to drop off your chairs and picnic baskets.


Tickets are $20 for adults, $14 for students/seniors, and $14 for discounted tickets for groups of 10 or more and “Let's GO Arts!” members.



Pre-show entertainment & specialty vendors:

o Each Thursday at 7:00 PM: Young artists from programs in our community perform work they have created during summer arts programs.

July 16: TBA

July 23: TBA

July 30: TBA

o Each Friday at 7:00 PM: Longtime festival favorites, The Elizabethan Consort, brings their special blend of song and silliness.

o Each Saturday at 7:00 PM: The Festival welcomes a variety of Connecticut artists to perform for you, plus a chance to win big at Prize Night during intermission!

o Each Sunday starting at 5:00 PM: Hear short lectures by professors and Shakespearean experts on ideas relating to The Merry Wives of Windsor:

July 19: TBA

July 26: TBA

August 2: TBA


It is the perfect thing for a warm summer night to bring the family or a date to and enjoy a picnic on the grass along with some hilarious and high-quality Shakespeare.



About Capital Classics:

Capital Classics was founded in 1991 to enrich the cultural environment of Greater Hartford through the theatre arts. They are committed to:

  • Providing classical entertainment that is affordable, accessible, and engaging
  • Serving the community with cultural and educational programming
  • Providing job opportunities and training to Connecticut's professional theatre artists


Learn more about Capital Classics.