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Shakespeare in the Garden Returns to the Santa Fe Botanical Garden

Opening Night Reception and Performance on August 17, 2018 at 6:00pm

Performances Nightly August 18 through September 2, 2018 except Mondays at 7:30pm

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.

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

Kick off the Season on Opening Night on Friday, August 17, 2018 at 6:00pm

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 are $95 plus service fee and are General Admission seating.

Photo credit: Peter Weissnight

Join us for Performances from August 18 through September 2, 2018 at 6:00pm

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

  • See a map of the venue here.
  • Section A Premium Reserved Seating 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 are chairs on the ground level of the amphitheater in rows that parallel the stage edge. Non-ADA accessible seating.
  • Section C General Admission seats are on the sloped pathway at the back of the amphitheater. ADA accessible seating.
  • For wheelchair and companion seating, please contact Rebecca Jensen at or call 505.471.9103.
  • See our Frequently Asked Questions for additional information.
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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 on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night 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. Tickets for Unwind with the Cast are $25 and purchased separately on the ticketing page. Wine, beer, sparkling water, and snacks will be served. Please note that Unwind with the Cast will not take place on opening night, August 17 and September 2.

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.

Photo credit: Lynn Roylance. Actors: Prospero: Victor Talmadge, Ariel: Karl Green

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.

Weather Policy and Instructions

Please check and Facebook for weather updates. 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. Rescheduling ticket requests should send an email to with the ticket purchasers name and dates preferred.


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 A Midsummer Night’s Dream 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 wrap.
  • 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 A 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.”

Q. What if I lose my printed ticket?

A. The “print my ticket at home” feature on Brown Paper Ticket will send you an email confirmation. If you click the link on the email, you’ll be able to print a ticket. If you do not have the email confirmation, you may contact Brown Paper Ticket at 1-800-838-3006 to receive instructions to reprint your ticket.