Shakespeare on the Plaza

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


To be or not to be? Definitely be there!

Join for the 2nd annual Shakespeare on the Plaza and see the plays they were meant to be seen, outside!caption:Shakespeare on the Plaza 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. Performances will be at 7:30 on Thursday through Sunday nights for four weeks, June 11 through July 5.

Tickets ($5-15) are on sale now.

These 16 nights of outdoor 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 2014, an average of 130 people came each night to see Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night's Dream. One reviewer wrote, "I can't think of a better way to spend a summer evening in the Land of Enchantment." Families enjoyed the plays, which ended before 9:30. The same reviewer noted how many children were in the audience, but "not a one of them looked bored. I guess that's why Shakespeare really is for the ages."

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.

Each evening will feature pre-performance entertainment beginning at 7 pm. This year the bill of fare adds Native American performance and magicians to enhance the festival atmosphere of this event.

Performance schedule: 

Julius Caesar

Thursday 6/11       Friday 6/12

Friday 6/19          Sunday 6/21

Thursday 6/25      Friday 6/26

Saturday 7/4        Sunday 7/5

The Taming of the Shrew

Saturday 6/13       Sunday 6/14

Thursday 6/18      Saturday 6/20

Saturday 6/27       Sunday 6/28

Thursday 7/2         Friday 7/3

All performances begin at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are cheap

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.

Bring a friend. Bring the family. It's an affordable night out!

Getting there is easy

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.

Access from I-25 is easy, since Martin Luther King westbound turns into Marquette and leads directly to the theatre. Coming south from I-40, take the 6th Street exit south to Lomas, then east to 5th or 4th Street, and turn south to continue directly to the Plaza.


Paid parking is available immediately beneath the plaza, and free parking is available in the neighborhood. Signs will lead you right to the theatre.

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. Signed performances for the hearing-impaired are 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 New Mexican 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. But a good deal if we have to cancel.

Come early for pre-show entertainment!

In 2014, audiences watched Aztec dancers, teenage Shakespeareans, slam poetry, and plenty of music. This year we add Native performance and magic. Come early, enjoy the Convention Center-run concession stand, and enjoy the hijinks.