It’s August, which means many theatre companies are winding down their summer programming and revving up for their 2017-2018 season. Whether you’re looking for dinner and a show with friends, new and adventurous theatre, or an evening under the stars, Annapolis theater has it all! Here are three must-see shows in August.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) at Annapolis Shakespeare Company

Annapolis Theater Photo by Joshua McKerrow

Who knew Shakespeare’s tragedies could be so funny? This high-energy, 90-minute adaptation of Shakespeare’s plays ran for 9 years in London’s West End. Performed by only three actors, ‘The Complete Works’ tends to dissolve audiences into tears of laughter within the first fifteen minutes. You may even leave the show with a new-found appreciation of Shakespeare. Annapolis Shakespeare Company is the only professional theatre in Annapolis with a resident company of professional actors and artistic leadership (many of whom have Broadway and national tour credits). Grab a friend and a drink in Reynold Tavern’s leafy courtyard and prepare yourself for mischief, mayhem and 37 plays squashed into one!

Runs Tuesdays, now through September 26th at Reynold’s Tavern, 7 Church Circle, Annapolis Tickets:  $35 Box Office:  410-415-3513 or online at

Alice and the Book of Wonderland at Annapolis Shakespeare Company

Annapolis Theater Photo/Projections by Joshua McKerrow

The reviews are in! Annapolis Shakespeare Company’s, Alice and the Book of Wonderland is “action-packed, delirious entertainment” (Theatre Bloom). Sally Boyett and Donald Hicken adapt Lewis Carroll’s classic story of Alice’s fantastical adventures down the rabbit hole. Prepare to be enchanted by new twists on the tale, with dazzling projections, dance, music and more.

All ages. Runs now through August 20, 2017 Fridays 8pm, Saturdays 2pm & 8pm, Sundays 3pm Tickets:  $25-$45 (includes discounts for seniors and students K-12) Box Office:  410-415-3513 or online at

In the Heights at Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre

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Though Lin-Manuel Miranda is best known for creating the Broadway sensation Hamilton, many remember his musical In the Heights, winner of the 2008 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Score, Best Choreography and Best Orchestrations. In the Heights tells the story of family, friends and lovers struggling for the American Dream in New York City’s Washington Heights. The vibrant neighborhood is brought to life by the score’s blend of salsa, Latin pop and rap, and its fiery choreography that will inspire you to join in the dance. The show’s familiar themes of ambition, struggle and love continue to be relevant today. So come, sit under the stars, and make yourself at home in Washington Heights.

Runs Thursdays through Sundays, August 3rd through September 3rd Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre 143 Compromise St, Annapolis. Tickets: $25 410-268-9212


Photos courtesy of Annapolis Shakespeare Company and Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre