Performance Location: The Civic Plaza, 400 Marquette Ave NW

Shakespeare on the Plaza 2015

Following its success in the summer of 2014, Shakespeare on the Plaza—a joint venture of The City of Albuquerque and The Vortex Theatre—returns with two new outdoor productions on Albuquerque's Civic Plaza. Julius Caesar and The Taming of the Shrew will open on June 11 and run in alternating repertory for four weeks.

In The Taming, the sexes square off on a street in New Mexico's Wild West in the 19th century. Julius Caesar shows plot and counterplot working their tragedy on an American government in 2059.

Four performances of The Tempest are also scheduled for July 9-12 (Thu-Sat at 7pm; Sun at 2pm). These showings, produced by The Will Power Summer Shakespeare Academy (a collaboration between The Vortex Theatre and Theatre-in-the-Making), take place at The Vortex Theatre with $8 tickets available at the door.

Each evening will feature pre-performance entertainment beginning at 7 pm. This year the bill of fare adds Native American performance and magicians to enhance the festival atmosphere of this event.

Shakespeare on the Plaza is a partnership between The Vortex Theatre and the Cultural Services Department, City of Albuquerque, Richard J. Berry, Mayor. Further support comes from the Albuquerque City Council, Bernalillo County Commission, New Mexico Arts, and Wells Fargo Bank. For more information on the many venues, events and activities of the Cultural Services Department, please visit or call 311. For accessibility, call Relay NM or 711.

Tickets on Sale Now!

Tickets are now on sale for Shakespeare on the Plaza, the collaborative project between The Vortex Theatre and the City of Albuquerque.

This year's offerings include Julius Caesar and The Taming of the Shrew.

Dates: Thursdays thru Sundays, June 11-July 5, 2015

Times: 7:30pm

Prices: $15 general, $10 student/youth. THURS $5 ALL SEATS.

Where: The Civic Plaza, 400 Marquette Ave NW

Tickets: Available at the door or through

All You Need to Know to Enjoy the Show

Getting there, parking, ADA compliance, pre-show entertainment, and other details to help you plan. Basic Info

Ice Skating & Shakespeare

The city will be offering skating on a new 50-by-100 ft. synthetic ice rink in the Civic Plaza this summer. Skating is free; skate rentals available at a modest fee. During the last week of Shakespeare on the Plaza (July 2-4) the rink will be open 2-7pm.

The Reviews Are In!

Read reviews for this year's Shakespeare on the Plaza productions: Julius Caesar and The Taming of the Shrew.