From June to September, Dorset Theatre Festival mounts 4 mainstage productions, drawing from some of this country’s most talented playwrights, actors, and directors. Each season, over 10 thousand theatergoers make the Festival part of their summer arts experience.

Interested in Dorset Theatre Festival’s work? Take a look at the Festival’s production history.
Click each title to view photos, cast & creative, and reviews!


2017

Downstairs
By Theresa Rebeck
June 22 – July 8 | World Premiere

Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery
By Ken Ludwig
July 13 – 29 | Regional Premiere

The Legend of Georgia McBride
By Matthew Lopez
August 3 – 19 | Regional Premiere

American Buffalo
By David Mamet
August 24 – September 2 | Regional Revival

2016

The Norman Conquests: Table Manners
By Alan Ayckbourn
June 16 – July 2

Dear Elizabeth
By Sarah Ruhl
July 8 – 23

The Way of the World
By Theresa Rebeck
July 28 – August 13 | World Premiere

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill
By Lanie Robertson
August 18 – September 3

2015

The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales
By Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith
June 13 – 20

Intimate Apparel
By Lynne Nottage
June 25 – July 4 | Regional Premiere

Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily
By Katie Forgette
July 9 – 25

Outside Mullingar
By John Patrick Shanley
July 30 – August 15 | Regional Premiere

I Hate Hamlet
By Paul Rudnick
August 20 – September 5

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
By Laura Eason, adapted from the novel by Mark Twain
September 9 – 12

2014

Red
By John Logan
June 18 – July 6

Out of the City
By Leslie Ayvazian | World Premiere
July 10 – 19

All in the Timing
By David Ives
July 24 – August 9

The Mousetrap
By Agatha Christie
August 14 – 30

Travels with Mark Twain
By Ron Crawford
September 18 – 20

2013

The Scene
By Theresa Rebeck
June 19 – July 7

The Whipping Man
By Matthew Lopez
July 11 – 20

Barefoot in the Park
By Neil Simon
July 25 – August 10

Clybourne Park
By Bruce Norris
August 15 – 31 | Co-production with Barrington Stage Company

2012

Good People
By David Lindsay-Abaire
June 20 – July 7

Boeing Boeing
By Marc Camoletti
July 12 – 28

The Whore and Mr. Moore
By Michael Cristofer
August 2 – 11 | World Premiere

Deathtrap
By Ira Levin
August 16 – September 1

2011

Superior Donuts
By Tracy Letts
June 22 – July 3

Dial “M” for Murder
By Frederick Knott
July 7 – 23

Noises Off
By Michael Frayn
July 28 – August 13

Mauritius
By Theresa Rebeck
August 18 – 27

2010

The Pavilion
By Craig Wright
June 30 – July 11

Fallen Angels
By Noel Coward
July 14 – 25

Murder on the Nile
By Agatha Christie
July 28 – August 15

The Novelist
By Theresa Rebeck
August 18 – 29 | World Premiere