Shakespeare on the Plaza

The Vortex Theater and the City of Albuquerque Present Shakespeare on the Plaza.

Join for the 2nd annual Shakespeare on the Plaza and see the plays they were meant to be seen, outside!

This year's selection of plays will be "Julius Caesar" and "The Taming of the Shrew", its a guaranteed great summer evening.

What is 'Shakespeare on the Plaza?'

This summer, you can see two great Shakespeare plays -- "Julius Caesar" and "The Taming of the Shrew" -- on alternate nights in Albuquerque's Civic Plaza.

Shakespeare are brought to Albuquerque again this summer by The City of Albuquerque and The Vortex Theatre. Some of the city's best theatre artists come together to bring you comedy and intrigue.

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.


For the weekend, Friday through Sunday nights, tickets cost $15 for general admission and $10 for students and other young people. Group rates are available for these nights.

All four Thursday nights have one ridiculously low price—$5 for everyone.

Purchase event tickets.

Getting There

Albuquerque Civic Plaza is in the heart of historic Downtown, at 5th and Marquette NW between City Hall and the Convention Center. The theatre is on the north side of the Plaza, off Marquette.


Paid parking is available immediately beneath the plaza, and free parking is available in the area.

Theatre Accommodations

Seating is provided, along with concessions, pre-show entertainment, theatrical lighting and sound, and a fully-costumed play of roughly two hours length. It's real theatre.

Albuquerque Civic Plaza is fully ADA-compliant. ASL interpreters will be provided on Sunday June 21 ("Julius Caesar") and June 28 ("The Taming of the Shrew").

Full time security is on hand throughout the show and after When you relax into the play, Civic Plaza is a lovely place to be on a summer night.


Many people bring a sweater or a jacket for the cool nights of June.

If we have to cancel a performance due to inclement weather, patrons will receive a voucher good for either a later performance of "Shakespeare on the Plaza" or a performance at The Vortex Theatre any time during the 2015-16 season.

No refunds. No exchanges.

Pre-Show Entertainment

Enjoy Aztec dancers, Native performances, magic, teenage Shakespeareans, slam poetry, and plenty of music.

Come early, enjoy  concession stand, and enjoy the hijinks.