The Price is Right, Shakespeare on a Budget

Southern Utah University is home to the Grammy Award winning Utah Shakespeare Festival but many of the university’s students have never actually seen one of the plays due to the average ticket price of $30-70.

Well, all the financially challenged students at SUU are in luck!

This fall, the Shakespeare Festival will be opening its doors to all SUU students and providing an opportunity to watch a show for free!

Now, there are some limitations to this: First, all students must bring their current student ID complete with the fall semester sticker. This sticker is given at the Cashiers Office in the Sharwan Smith Student Center. Secondly, there are limited shows that are available for this amazing deal; the shows included are “The Merry Wives of Windsor” held on Tuesday, Sept. 4  and “The Merchant of Venice” on Wednesday, Sept. 5.

The pre-show orientation for each of the shows begins at 6:45 p.m. in the Balcony Bard Seminar Guide and the performances will begin at 8 p.m. in the Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre.

Tickets for these shows can be picked up starting at 7 p.m. that day and are on a first-come-first-serve basis, no holds.

If neither of these shows or the nights they are being performed won’t work with your busy schedule, don’t worry there are options.

For only $40 SUU students can purchase a Student Shakespeare pass. With the Student Shakespeare pass, students can get tickets for a theoretically unlimited number of shows. To get tickets simply go to the box office located at the Engelstad Theatre the day of the show and ask for an available seat. This method is not always foolproof as some shows will sell out, however, seats occasionally become available 30 minutes before the show when one or more patrons don’t show up.

If you are a huge fan of Shakespeare, watching a live performance has never been more accessible to SUU students.


Story by: Alexis Taylor
Photo by: Karl Hugh USF 2018