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Lively, music-filled, professional productions in an outdoor amphitheatre against the backdrop of the St. Lawrence River in Prescott makes for a unique summer theatre experience.

Set in an outdoor amphitheatre in Prescott overlooking the St Lawrence River the Shakespeare Festival offers a unique venue for live performance. The Festival is now in its 12th year of critically acclaimed productions.


The Company began to take shape in 2002 after Deborah Smith of Chesterville brought a small, self-produced, touring production of Romeo and 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. The St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival was born and has grown to be a thriving, award-winning company known for its lively, music-filled, accessible productions.

What You'll See

  • The 2014 season features 2 main stage productions: the magical story of The Tempest and the romantic comedy The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Don’t miss the Sunday Series of music, comedy and theatre events. And an extra special event for 2014 is the visit of London’s famed Shakespeare’s Globe with their production of Hamlet on August 2nd, marking the first time the Globe has ever performed in Canada
  • The Festival is held at the Kinsmen Amphitheatre on Water Street West, in Prescott, Ontario.

Directions to the Festival using Highway 401

  • Take the Edward Street exit (Exit 716) into Prescott. Head south. When you get to the traffic lights at King Street, keep going straight ahead for another block (Water Street). You will see a small fountain in front of you and the lighthouse on your left. You can park in the area beside the lighthouse.

Directions to the Festival from Brockville 

  • Follow Highway 2 East – when you get into Prescott, turn right at the clock tower (Centre Street) and head towards the water.

As an outdoor venue, rain can sometimes affect plans! We monitor the weather radar carefully and if we feel that heavy rain or thunderstorms may affect the performance, the show will be held indoors at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church.