The Freewill Shakespeare Festival has an amazing history. Since its inception in 1989, the Festival has produced over 50 professional Shakespeare productions to the delight of nearly half a million people.

Keep an eye on this page as we update it to reflect the history of the company

with past photos and reviews.

"The Freewill Shakespeare Festival, which was called the Rivercity players for a short period of time was founded in 1989. It is produced by the EdmontonAlberta-based "Free Will Players" every summer from late-June to mid-July, with performances in the 1,000-seat Heritage Amphitheater in Hawrelak Park in Edmonton. The Festival includes full-scale professional productions of two plays by William Shakespeare. In 2008, the festival was renamed the Freewill Shakespeare Festival." -

For more information go to: The Canadian Theatre Encylopedia

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Phone:780 425 8086

Shows run rain or shine

Evening shows start at 8pm, Sat. and Sun. Mat. 2pm

No main stage shows on Monday


(Start June 16, 2021)

Tuesday- Friday: 6:30pm - 8:15pm
Sat. & Sun. Matinee: 12:30pm - 2:15pm​
Sat. & Sun. 6:30pm - 8:15pm


Approx. 45 min before shows start.

CURRENT BOARD - 2021-2022

Chair: Catherine Jevic

Vice Chair:  Jodie Kachkar
Secretary: Jodie Kachkar

Treasurer: Tram Le
Co-Treasurer: Mary-Ellen Perley 

Artistic Associates: 

Nadien Chu,

Troy O’Donnell,

Molly Pearson

Directors at Large: 

Gil Miciak 

Mary-Ellen Perley

Ex officio:
Nikola Tonn ~ Managing Director