As is the case in many places across the world, Shakespeare's iconic works are celebrated around The Bend annually.

Shakespeare at Notre Dame puts on the wildly popular Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival every summer with performances on campus and, typically, throughout the community.

Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival Schedule

Shakespeare After Hours 

This trip to Shakespeare's scandalous side kicks off this year's festival. Shakespeare After Hours is a delightfully fun, adults-only night of The Bard's shenanigans at Howard Park. Performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Friday, July 15.


This popular event is family friendly and, in fact, features Shakespearean performances by children from around the area. ShakeScenes is free. It starts at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 16 and takes place at Washington Hall on Notre Dame's campus.

"All's Well that Ends Well"

The festival's Touring Company returns for 2022 with a beautiful new production of "All's Well that Ends Well," Shakespeare's energetic comedy. Several shows of the production are planned and they are FREE to attend. They'll take place in multiple locations around the community. Here's the schedule:

  • Saturday, July 16 at 5:30 p.m. | Main Building Quad, University of Notre Dame
  • Friday, July 22 at 7 p.m. | Central Park, Mishawaka 
  • Saturday, July 30 at 7 p.m. | Potawatomi Park, South Bend 

"Romeo and Juliet"

For the first time in nearly two decades, the Professional Company is back with a production of this classic story of star-crossed love. All performances of this show take place at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center on Notre Dame's campus. Tickets can be purchased in advance. 

  • Tuesday, Aug. 16 at 7:30 p.m. (preview)
  • Wednesday, Aug. 17 at 7:30 p.m. (preview)
  • Thursday, Aug. 18 at 7:30 p.m. (opening night and gala)
  • Friday, Aug. 19 at 7:30 p.m. 
  • Saturday, Aug. 20 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. 
  • Sunday, Aug. 21 at 2 p.m. 
  • Tuesday, Aug. 23 at 7:30 p.m. 
  • Wednesday, Aug. 24 at 7:30 p.m. 
  • Thursday, Aug. 25 at 7:30 p.m. 
  • Friday, Aug. 26 at 7:30 p.m. 
  • Saturday, Aug. 27 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. 
  • Sunday, Aug. 28 at 2 p.m.