Orlando Shakes Announces its 36th Season

ORLANDO — This summer and fall, it’s going to be a season like no other at Orlando Shakes — largely due to much needed repair work to their aging and iconic building in Loch Haven Park.

The Shakes is now producing the musical Ain’t Misbehavin, which closes on Sunday, April 28, ending the company’s 35th season. Parts of the Lowndes Shakespeare Center will host shows associated with the Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival in May, and then the building closes in July so a new roof and improved air conditioning system can be installed. That work is expected to keep the Lowndes Shakespeare Center closed through the end of October.

So, what’s happening to the Orlando Shakes’ 36th Season that normally launches in September? Good question.

What is Orlando Shakes’ 36th Season?

Orlando Shakes Announces Its 36th Season

The Orlando Shakes’ 36th Season kicks off this fall on Oct. 2, when the theater company will produce What The Constitution Means To Me, the play by Heidi Schreck that premiered on Broadway on March 31, 2019 at the Hayes Theater. The comedic play will be performed from Oct. 2-13, but not inside the Lowndes Shakespeare Center. Instead, the production will shift next door to the Orlando Family Stage, also in Loch Haven Park.

The Orlando Shakes’ student actors will perform Shakespeare’s Macbeth from Oct. 8-Nov. 1, but this show won’t be seen at Lowndes, either. Instead, the production will tour schools across Central Florida.

The Lowndes Shakespeare Center will reopen on Nov. 27 for Orlando’s Shakes holiday show, A Christmas Carol, which the theater company successfully produced in 2022 and 2023. That show runs through Dec. 22.

What Does the 36th Season Hold for 2025?

With their building benefitting from a new roof and improved air conditioning, Orlando Shakes will be back in business in 2025, starting with the production of Shakespeare’s Henry VI Part 2 – She Wolf Of France from Jan. 8-19, followed by what the Shakes is promising will be a “Big Broadway Musical” to be produced from Feb. 5 through March 2. The show will be announced at a later date.

The Shakes will close out its 36th Season with Welcome To Matteson, a dark comedy by Chicago-born playwright Inda Craig-Galván, from March 5-30, and then a children’s theater production of Stuart Little, from the popular children’s book by E.B. White, from March 26-April 26.

To learn more about the Shakes’ upcoming season or to purchase season tickets, call the Box Office at 407-447-1700. The Orlando Shakespeare Theater is at 812 E Rollins St.

Michael Freeman is an Orlando journalist, playwright and author of the terrifying book “Bloody Rabbit”. Contact him at Freelineorlando@gmail.com.

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