Photo courtesy of Shakespeare Dallas.

Shakespeare Dallas is celebrating its 50-year anniversary with events and activities scheduled throughout the rest of the year.

The theater company that performs the works of William Shakespeare started with a performance of “An Evening of Shakespeare” at Fair Park on July 16, 1972.

Originally called Shakespeare Festival of Dallas, it was founded by longtime Dallas actor, director, producer and author Robert “Bob” Glenn.

Since 1972, the company has entertained more than 600,000 audience members with over 130 productions and has employed over 4,000 artists. Some people who have taken the Shakespeare Dallas stage include Sigourney Weaver (As You Like It, 1981) and Morgan Freeman (Othello, 1982).

Shakespeare Dallas has many productions planned headed into the spring, summer and fall. Its productions are shown at the Samuell-Grand Amphitheater in East Dallas. Tickets are available here.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream: June 15 – July 23 at 8:15 p.m. (select dates)

The Tempest: June 22 – July 22 at 8:15 p.m. (select dates)

Hamlet: Sept. 9 – Oct. 15 at 8 p.m. (select dates)

There’s also a pub crawl in Lower Greenville planned to celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday on April 23.

Starting this weekend, catch a film at “Movies in the Park.” Tickets to see The Wiz at 8:15 p.m. March 25 start at $15. On March 26, the film is 10 Things I Hate About You. Get tickets and see a full calendar here.

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