The Bath Shakespeare Festival is a professional, non-profit theatre committed to producing Shakespeare's plays at the highest artistic level, using professional actors.

We believe that Shakespeare plays speak to everyone, because of their universal themes, their unforgettable characters and their extraordinary poetry.



Stephen Legawiec (Artistic Director) In his 25 years as an artistic director, Legawiec has personally supervised over 100 professional productions as well as directing over 50. In 1996 he founded Ziggurat Theatre Ensemble, (now in Bowdoinham, Maine) to explore the relevance of myth and ritual to a contemporary audience. He is a member of the International School of Theatre Anthropology; and in 2009 was invited to Wroclaw, Poland as an artistic participant in The International Grotowski Festival.


WillWilliam Shakespeare (playwright) A young man from a small provincial town - a man without independent wealth, without powerful family connections, and without a university education - moves to London in the 1580s and, in a remarkably short time, becomes the greatest playwright not of his age alone but of all time. His works appeal to the learned and the unlettered, to urban sophisticates and provincial first-time theatregoers. He makes his audiences laugh and cry; he turns politics into poetry; he recklessly mingles vulgar clowning and philisophical subtlety. He grasps with equal penetration the intimate lives of kings and of beggars; he seems at one time to have studied law, at another theology; at another ancient history, while at the same time he effortlessly mimes the accents of country bumpkins and takes delight in old wives' tales.
-Stephen Greenbaltt, Will in the World