The Colonial Theatre of Rhode Island is committed to producing professional theatre of the highest quality, which includes providing an outdoor, summer Shakespeare Festival, and to establishing a series of educational programs and training opportunities for both children and adults designed to enhance both knowledge and appreciation of Theatre Arts.
The Colonial holds an equally strong commitment to our community: that its productions, overall, be both broadly appealing and challenging; that ticket prices be free or affordable, that local service organizations and other non-profits receive our support for their endeavors, and that Colonial Theatre’s offerings be a source of inspiration and education as well as entertainment.
The Colonial’s flagship event, Shakespeare in the Park, has entertained tens of thousands in Westerly’s historic Wilcox Park every August since 1991. Over the past three decades our outdoor Shakespeare festival has become a beloved summertime tradition for the Westerly-Pawcatuck community.
We are committed to keeping Shakespeare in the Park free and open to the public as it always has been. We rely on generous donations from people like you to provide these high-quality performances to anyone who wishes to see Shakespeare, no matter their situation.
The Colonial firmly believes that many essential skills we need to succeed in a modern economy -- conducting presentations and meetings, working collaboratively, and the like -- can be taught through theatre.
We offer summer camps as well as apprenticeship opportunities in our Shakespeare shows for local youth who are as passionate about learning, practicing, and producing as we are.