Iowa Stage Theatre Company Announces New Direction for Shakespeare

Tom Geraty as "Macbeth", 2019

Iowa Stage Theatre Company (ISTC), central Iowa’s home for award-winning theater that inspires, enlightens and entertains, is announcing upcoming changes in its annual Shakespeare production. This year ISTC will present a staged reading of Julius Caesar in two locations, and is assembling a team to create a strategic vision for Shakespeare in our community.

Shakespeare On The Lawn at Salisbury House has been a beloved summer tradition, with a growing reputation for high-caliber productions that delight audiences. Under the partnership with ISTC attendance doubled in the last five years. However, as Salisbury House undergoes a period of transition, the decision has been made for ISTC to move forward with a re-imagined staged reading experience of Julius Caesar this coming June, with further details to be announced.

ISTC is also taking the opportunity to envision how a Shakespeare production might be developed to serve more of the community in the future. Matthew McIver, ISTC Artistic Director, said “We are assembling an advisory committee to explore opportunities to expand the impact of the greatest English playwright. Summer Shakespeare will continue to grow and be a vital part of Des Moines’ thriving cultural landscape.”

Any questions may be referred to Artistic Director Matthew McIver, at or 917-405-2877.

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