New Swan Shakespeare Festival is Orange County’s only professional Shakespeare festival performed outdoors in a sustainable, portable mini-Elizabethan theatre, the New Swan Theater, where the audience and actors inhabit the same dynamic, in-the-round space.

New Swan Shakespeare Festival is hosted and produced in collaboration with the University of California, Irvine, the Claire Trevor School of the Arts, and the Department of Drama.

Eli Simon is the artistic director of The New Swan Shakespeare festival at UCIrvine, an annual summer event, featuring the Bard’s finest plays under the stars in a mini-Elizabethan space: The New Swan Theater. Summer, 2013, featured sold-out productions of King Lear and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The inaugural season, 2012, presented The Merchant of Venice and The Comedy of Errors. For more information:

2014 Season