The National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest presents Shakespeare in American Communities. Idaho Shakespeare Festival is one of 40 professional theater companies across the nation selected to perform a Shakespeare play with a professional team of actors for middle- and high-schools, and conduct related educational activities for students.

Shakespearience 2020 Presents:

Richard III

By William Shakespeare

Recommended for grades 7-12
January 27- April 3  

“Now is the winter of our discontent…”

Who was Richard III? The intrigue and mystery surrounding Richard III is often misunderstood. But, the undeniable reality is that his character forms an incredible tale- a crime thriller disguised as a history play. Richard the III, a “deformed” Duke who fancies himself the next king, will stop at nothing to get the crown. Richard oozes charisma and charm while his self-destruction brings us one of the most entertaining tragedies of all time. His story, and this very play, have inspired writers and historians through the ages, most recently in the creation of such popular television series as Game of Thrones. Come along as we see what happens when one twisted man is consumed by power and greed!


2020 Shakespearience Tour Dates


1/27 – 1/31
2/3 – 2/7
2/10 – 2/14
2/17 – 2/21
2/24 – 2/28
3/2 – 3/6
3/9 – 3/13
3/16 – 3/20
3/23 – 3/27
3/30 – 4/3

*Western Idaho includes Eastern Oregon and Northern Nevada.
*Northern Idaho includes Eastern Washington and Western Montana.
*Eastern Idaho includes Western Wyoming and Northern Utah.

To Book

Click here to Book Now! Or contact Julie, 208-429-9908 x204

Performance Rates- For Schools and Not-for-Profits*

(90 mile radius of Boise) 
Single Performance $400 
(2) Performances $700
(1) Workshop (30 student max.) $150

Out of Area (outside of 90 mile radius of Boise)
Single Performance $500
(2) Performances $900
(1) Workshop (30 student max.) $150 

*Presenting organizations and for profit presentations, please contact the Festival for rates and availability.

Q&A and Workshops

A post show question & answer session with the actors may be held, at no cost, after each performance (time allowing). In addition to the performance, a workshop with students is available and is designed to fit into a class period. Workshops focus on topics relevant to the production and enhance the students’ learning experience through the exploration of acting, text analysis, and character development. Workshops can accommodate up to 30 participants, may require a separate location (depending upon the performance space), and are available at an additional cost of $150 per workshop.

Space & Performance Requirements

All performances require an auditorium, theater, or other space which accommodates groups (gymnasiums and cafeterias work well). The minimum space requirement is 20’ wide x 30’ deep x 12’ high. A minimum of one hour for set-up is required prior to the performance. The play may be performed twice during a school day. Capacity for each performance is 400 students. An additional $50/100 students will be added for audiences exceeding 400. Maximum audience attendance per performance is 550.

More Questions?

For questions regarding content or workshops contact Director of Education, Veronica Von Tobel at or call 208.429.9908 x 206. Or fill out the booking form by clicking here.

Program Support

Performances are made possible by a generous community of funders who support our efforts to make theater accessible, relevant, exciting and fun. Please join us in thanking them for their support of the arts and their commitment to education.

  • Shakespeare in American Communities: National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest
  • Idaho Commission on the Arts
  • Idaho Humanities Council and National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation
  • Wells Fargo
  • Idaho Community Foundation and the following Funds:
    • F.M., Anne G. & Beverly B. Bistline Foundation
    • Forever Idaho East Fund
    • Ralph and Mary Lynn Hartwell Fund for Bonneville County
    • Sara Maas Fund
    • James A. Pinney Memorial Fund
    • Perc H. Shelton & Gladys A. Pospisil Shelton Foundation
  • Idaho Power Foundation
  • John William Jackson Fund
  • Whittenberger Foundation

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Idaho Humanities Council’s Endowment for Humanities Education.

Contact Us

Veronica Von Tobel
Director of Education 
Education Department
(208) 429-9908 ext. 206
(208) 429-8798 (fax)