Venture Productions

Shakespeare on the Lake


2018 Summer Season

Romeo & Juliet

July 25, 26, 27, 28 @ 7:30

Twelfth Night

July 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 @ 7:30pm


Tickets Available at The Dunkirk Lighthouse & SUNY Fredonia Campus Ticket Office


2017 Inaugural Performance!

Shakespeare on the Lake was established as a collaboration project between The Playground Academy and Venture Productions to bring quality theatre into Chautauqua County.  Over the course of two weekends in July, residents and tourists will be able to enjoy local eats, brilliant talent and a beautiful night out on Lake Erie.  SoL is an outdoor event that will be held under the Big Top, rain or shine!

Our first Shakespeare on the Lake performance was A Midsummer Night's Dream. This play is generally believed to have been written by Shakespeare in 1595 or 1596. Scholars place it chronologically after Romeo and Juliet and it is one of the works belonging to Shakespeare's so-called "lyric period," where most of his plays contain stylized lyric poetry and love plots. Some scholars believe that Shakespeare may even have been poking fun at his own work, as the plot of the mechanicals', Pyramus and Thisbe echoes that of Romeo and Juliet in comic fashion.



To Our 2017 Sponsors, Thank You! 


Culligan Water Conditioning of Fredonia - David Briska - Dr. Russell J. DiPalma - DDS. - The Dunkirk Lighthouse - The Dunkirk Observer - Elaine Moore - The Fredonia Technology Incubator - G&E Tents - Monica Kemp - The Playground Academy - Pucci Carpet One Furniture - Rebecca Yanus - SUNY Fredonia Dept. of Theatre & Dance - TPS Supply Corp.  Veterans Park Museum - William M. Dorman & All our Anonymous Sponsors!