Shakespeare by the Sea

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Artistic Mission

"Shakespeare by the Sea excites the audience with the wonder of words and the unique joy of live performance while shedding light on the human condition with the greatest plays and stories in the world, in great settings for a great price."


Shakespeare by the Sea was founded in 1994 by Patrick Christopher Carter, Elizabeth Murphy and Jean Morpurgo with the intention to put on shows in Halifax's Point Pleasant Park. Their first show was a production of Twelfth Night in the ruins of a military battery. To the surprise of the company, they attracted an audience of three thousand in just four days. Since then, they have continued their tradition of showing Shakespeare's work for eighteen seasons, as well as many contemporary pieces.

What They Do

For eighteen seasons, Shakespeare by the Sea has presented, obviously, Shakespeare's work. In 1999, they began presenting contemporary pieces along with the classical in order to draw a larger audience. They often present fairytales or other well known plays, such as Cinderella, Jacob Two-Two, The Wizard of Oz and Dracula.