Venture Productions

Shakespeare on the Lake




Performs 7:30 PM, July 24 - July 27


Performs 7:30 PM, July 31 - August 3

Shakespeare on the Lake will perform William Shakespeare's HAMLET and TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA at the Dunkirk Lighthouse in Dunkirk, NY in a 40’ x 60’ tent. Blankets and beverages welcome. Food truck concessions will be on site at 5:30 PM.

All performances are outdoors under a G&E Tent. Parking is free.

Tickets are available at the SUNY Fredonia Campus Ticket Office!


Looking Back on 2018

Adapted from his original plays, Shakespeare on the Lake staged William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night and Romeo & Juliet for audiences at the Dunkirk Lighthouse in Dunkirk, NY in a 40’ x 60’ outdoor tent.

7:30 PM Performances ran for two weeks. Concessions were available and provided dinner for audience members coming directly from work.

The first-annual Masquerade Gala was held and catered those taking a strong interest in how productions come to life.  Appetizers, special 'behind-the-scenes' activities, a blind auction and an evening performance were included with each ticket.



2017 Inaugural Performance!

Shakespeare on the Lake was established as a collaboration project between The Playground Academy and Venture Productions to bring a summer Shakespearean Festival to Chautauqua County.  Over the course of two weekends in July, residents and tourists were able to enjoy local food, professional talent and beautiful nights on Lake Erie.  All productions were outdoor events under a tent, rain or shine!

Shakespeare on the Lake’s first production was A Midsummer Night's Dream. This play is believed to have been written by Shakespeare around 1595. 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 Romeo and Juliet in comic fashion.


Thank you to Our Sponsors! 


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!