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St. Louis Shakspeare Festival

St. Louis Shakespeare Festival's summer show in Forest Park typically draws about 40,000 people per year. [6/28/20]
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The coronavirus has robbed St. Louis of another longstanding tradition.

St. Louis Shakespeare Festival canceled its annual summer production, leaving the organization in a big financial hole and sending 25 full-time and 53 part-time seasonal workers looking for other employment. The cancellation does not effect the organization's eight year-round employes.

Actors' Equity, the national union representing professional actors and stage managers, did not approve the festival’s safety plan, Producing Artistic Director Tom Ridgely said.