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Shakespeare in the Garden returns to the Santa Fe Botanical Garden

Summer 2018 marks the Santa Fe Botanical Garden’s second season of Shakespeare in the Garden. Building upon last year’s great success in bringing Shakespeare to the vibrant outdoor venue of the Botanical Garden’s amphitheater, we are excited to perform A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Join us for A Midsummer Night’s Dream, one of William Shakespeare’s most beloved works and a play perfect for a garden setting. Performances will be held on Opening Night, August 17,  through September 2, with the theater dark on Mondays, August 20 and 27.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a collaboration with the Santa Fe Botanical Garden, Shakespeare in Santa Fe, and the Shakespeare Guide.

This resonant performance will be directed by Rachel Kelly of Shakespeare in Santa Fe. Kelly is co-founder of Shakespeare in Santa Fe and served as the company’s Artistic Director from 1992 to 2002. She forged its partnership with St. John’s College and its involvement with Actor’s Equity Association, and she created its Shakespeare in the Schools and national MFA Internship programs. A graduate of the British-American Drama Academy in London, she also directed and played such Shakespearean roles as Celia, Puck, Hermia, and Maria. Kelly served as Artistic Director in the Santa Fe Botanical Garden’s first season of Shakespeare in the Garden, and is enthusiastic about her expanded role as Director in the 2018 production.

Kick off the Season on Opening Night

Friday, August 17, 2018

To kick off the 2018 Shakespeare in the Garden run of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, please join us in the Goede Orchard Garden to celebrate the creative team of this year’s production. We’ll begin the evening with a festive pre-performance reception and then take our seats for the performance. All tickets for opening night include the pre-performance reception.

Opening Night Premium tickets are $95. Hors d’oeuvres, sparkling wine, and red and white wine will be served. Persons attending the pre-performance opening night reception must be 21 years of age.

Bring Your Own Picnic

Prior to the performance, you’re invited to bring a picnic to enjoy amid the beauty of the Orchard Garden at the Santa Fe Botanical Garden, while the sounds of Mari Outten’s pre-show renaissance music fill the air. Neither glass containers nor pets (except registered service dogs) are allowed in the Botanical Garden. Gates will open for picnicking at 6:00 pm. Please note that no picnicking will take place on opening night, August 17, since the opening night reception will be held at 6:00pm. No food and drink, except water is permitted in the amphitheater.

Come Unwind with the Cast

We also invite you to mingle with the actors at the “Unwind with the Cast” receptions that follow the performances. We are delighted to announce that the cast of A Midsummer Night’s Dream draws from professional actors in New York as well as Santa Fe, with some of your favorite performers returning for this year’s production.

Wine, beer, sparkling water, and snacks will be served. Only ticket holders for A Midsummer Night’s Dream can purchase “Unwind with the Cast” passes for that evening as a package. Persons attending the “Unwind with the Cast” and pre-performance reception must be 21 years of age.


A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be performed in the Ojos y Manos: Eyes and Hands Garden. Both Premium seating in Section A ($35.00-$45.00) and General Admission seating in Sections B and C ($25.00 – $35.00) will be available in the amphitheater. Youth tickets (16 and under) are available for $10.

Photo: Peter Weiss

New this year, Section A tickets are reserved seats. Tickets in the B and C sections are sold by section and requests for a specific seat are not available. To select your section, please refer to the map of the venue.

  • See a map of the venue here.
  • Section A Premium seats (at $35 for all non-opening night performances) are under the shade structure in the amphitheater and have the “straight on” views of the stage. The stone benches will have a padded seat with a back. Non-ADA accessible seating.
  • Section B General Admission seats (at $25 for all non-opening night performances) are chairs on the ground level of the amphitheater in three rows that parallel the stage edge. Non-ADA accessible seating.
  • Section C General Admission seats (at $25 for all non-opening night performances) are on the discovery trail at the top of the amphitheater. ADA accessible seating.

For questions, please contact Rebecca Jensen at

Weather Policy

The performances will hold for rain. However, if inclement weather requires cancellation of the performance, there are no refunds. If cancellation of a performance is required, the box office will attempt to accommodate attendees at another A Midsummer Night’s Dream performance of their choice but the Botanical Garden cannot guarantee that all requests can be fulfilled.


Q. What should I know before I go to a performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream?

  • Courtesies: Please remember to turn off all cell phones and other electronic devices prior to the performance.
  • Photography: To ensure that our actors have the best circumstances in which to perform, no flash photography is permitted during The Tempest performance.
  • Outdoor Theater Dress: Wear what makes you feel comfortable. August evenings can start off warm, but can become cooler after sunset. You are welcome to bring a blanket.
  • Late Arrival: Latecomers will be seated by the ushers at intermission. No seating is allowed while A Midsummer Night’s Dream actors are performing on stage.

Q. I use a wheelchair. What do I need to know about attending performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream?

A. The Santa Fe Botanical Garden’s main pathways are ADA compliant and wheelchair access is available to A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Ushers will assist with directions and any accommodations. When purchasing your tickets, please call Rebecca Jensen at 505.471.9103 to reserve wheelchair and adjacent companion seating (i.e., in the same area) or request other assistance. Please note that wheelchairs are not provided at our venue.

Limited handicapped parking near the Visitors’ Center is available at the Santa Fe Botanical Garden on a first-come, first-served basis.

Q. Can I take food and drink into the amphitheater for the performance?

A. To ensure that the Botanical Garden does not attract pests that could harm our plantings, only water may be taken into the amphitheater. Water can be purchased onsite.

Q. Can I attend the “Unwind with the Cast” event if I don’t attend the performance of TA Midsummer Night’s Dream?

A. No, you must have purchased a ticket to A Midsummer Night’s Dream performance to attend that evening’s “Unwind with the Cast.”