New Swan Shakespeare Festival is a professional Shakespeare festival located on the campus of UC Irvine in Orange County. We typically produce two Shakespearean works in rotating repertory under the stars. New Swan features students and professionals working side by side to produce scintillating Shakespearean productions in a 130 seat, 15 ton, portable, mini-Elizabethan space. The community, campus, and press have embraced New Swan’s productions, seminar series, and outreach programs.
The New Swan company is comprised of current and former students, faculty, and staff of the Drama Department at UC Irvine. Thus, New Swan is an entirely Anteater operation.
Ticket services for the New Swan are provided by Irvine Barclay Theatre.
Pericles Prince of Tyre
July 8, 14, 16, 22, 24, 29,
August 5, 7, 12, 18, 21, 25, 27, 31
Destiny leads Prince Pericles on a fantastical tour of the vast and varied world. Through shipwrecks, tournaments, assassins, and pirates, a lost prince finds his family and himself. Join us and celebrate the resiliency of the human spirit!
The Comedy of Errrorrs
July 9, 10, 17, 21, 23, 28, 30, 31
August 4, 6, 11, 13, 14, 19, 20, 26, 28,
September 1, 3
New Swan lands Shakespeare’s wittiest comedy on a 70’s boardwalk. Will the double set of funk-loving twins unravel the mysteries of mistaken identities, madness, and witchcraft? Boogie on down and find out!
One Night Only Special Event
An Evening with Shakespeare's Fool
Tuesday, July 26, 2022 at 8pm
British singer/songwriter and guitarist, Jason Feddy, has composed fresh, charming, and compelling tunes for a selection of songs and speeches from Shakespeare’s comedies and tragedies.