Shakespeare Festival at Stanford

Inaugural Stanford Summer Festival of the Arts

Stanford celebrates Shakespeare’s 400th birthday by opening a Summer Festival of the Arts with an Elizabethan theme. Seventy-six events sell 54,000 tickets (more than 94% of capacity).
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The festival includes 21 performances of six Shakespearean plays by three repertory troupes in Frost Amphitheater, concerts, art exhibits, lectures, dances, and dramatic readings. The festival’s success spawns annual summer cultural festivals on campus, including: a celebration of Mozart in 1965; a series honoring 20th century innovations in 1966; and a multilayered theme in 1967, entitled “American Contributions to the Arts”/ “America in the Arts”/“Focus on America.” Additionally, the festival introduces American Conservatory Theater (ACT) to Bay Area audiences, playing a key role in ACT’s decision to take up residence in SF. Budget problems close the festival in 1970.
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