Michael Harris as Bottom, and Elizabeth Keith as Titania, in SOT’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream 2017

Founded in 2015, Shakespeare Opera Theatre is a professional 501c3 non-profit performing arts company specializing in classical theatre with classical music. We’ve been described as “classical mash-up,” and we think that fits us superbly!

We are proud to perform at historic and beautiful Grace Episcopal Church in The Plains, Virginia, and at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in McLean, Virginia.

Coming in 2024

May 5 An Evening to Remember: Concert and Picnic (FREE!)
July 12-21 Macbeth (Shakespeare/Verdi)
December 6-15 La Vie de Bohème (Puccini/Murger)

Coming in 2025: Our Magical 10th Anniversary Season!

April Drowning Ophelia (A modern play with music supporting child abuse awareness month)
July Roméo et Juliette (Shakespeare/Gounod)
December Hansel and Gretel (Humperdinck)

Our History

2015/16 Much Ado About Nothing + Berlioz’s Opera “Beatrice et Benedict”
2016/17 The Merry Wives of Windsor + Verdi’s Falstaff
2017/18 A Midsummer Night’s Dream + Incidental music by Mendelssohn
2018/19 Amahl and the Night Visitors
Romeo and Juliet + Berlioz’s Symphony
Elizabethan Entertainments
(Improv Show)
Vive la France! (Variety Show)
2019/20 Amahl and the Night Visitors
Hamlet + Thomas’ Opera
2020/21 *Dark because of COVID-19
2021/22 Amahl and the Night Visitors
2022/23 July 2022 – Othello + Verdi’s Opera (in English)
December 2022 – Amahl and the Night Visitors
July 2023 – Much Ado About Nothing + Berlioz’s Opera “Beatrice et Benedict”
December 2023 – Hansel & Gretel
MacBeth + Verdi’s Opera (in English)

Our Future

2024 marks SOT’s 9th season, and we are excited to continue on in our mission to provide affordable and intimate performances of classic works with a twist. SOT offers those with lower incomes, military (both active duty and veterans) and first responders tickets free of cost, and offers discounts for groups of students and seniors. We hold a special matinee performance for those with mental and emotional challenges each season, presented by our Abilities Committee. SOT regularly invites local school groups to performances and to participate in Q and A sessions with the artists. We employ professional musicians, actors and singers from our region and beyond who are vital to maintaining the high level of quality our audiences have come to expect. We also give opportunities to learn about and participate in all areas of production to local high school and college students.

Ticket sales, as with most nonprofit performing arts companies, do not begin to meet all of our expenses, and we depend on partnerships with businesses and individuals in our community to help us bridge the budgetary gap. You can support SOT by ticket sales, by adding a monetary gift, and by sharing with everyone you know about our shows! Like and follow us on social media and share our posts, join our mailing list and share our newsletters and other communiques (only 12-16 per year, no spamming)! By helping us continue to bring classical arts to our region, you become our partner in exploring these exciting, indelible works that have stood the test of time. You can be a part of enchanting people of all ages with the wonders of these masterpieces, in a manner both accessible and authentic.

You can donate by cash, check or credit card at our box office, by mail at 8991 Brook Road, McLean, VA 22102 (Mark envelope and check to Shakespeare Opera Theatre with direction of funds in memo), by emailing us at info@shakespeareoperatheatre.com, or by clicking on the green donate button at the top of the page.

Thank you for sustaining us through nine magical seasons—with your support, we look forward to many more!!

Dr. Lori Lind
Managing Director

Dr. Lisa Bloy
Associate Director

Gene Allen, Dr. Melissa Chavez, Tammy Rogers, Lauren Sanfiel, Eva Salmeron