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  • A sterling production of Shakespeare’s ultimate story about revenge


    With Kristen Coury directing and input from Shakespeare scholar Gail Kern Paster, Gulfshore Playhouse puts on a sterling production of this classic that’s jaw-droppingly stunning in presentation and staging and costume.


  • Courageous Theater: Anti-Semitism and Racism

    I celebrate the brave and confronting live theater here in S.W. Florida.  Two of the very best  productions are “must sees” and on our stages right now.

    One of them is at The Gulfshore Playhouses, a theater with a long reputation for  powerful, relevant and demanding plays.  The Producing Artistic Director has mounted a glorious and enthralling  MERCHANT OF VENICE. (more…)

    The Merchant of Venice
  • Review: ‘Merchant’ gets more drama and poses questions

    Gulfshore Playhouse’s production of “The Merchant of Venice” is Shakespeare for people who hate it. Be prepared for your conversion.

    Enter the bluebood, a dangerous mixture of softhearted and hardheaded, who offers to float a loan for his best friend’s happiness. He cuts a foolhardy contract with the very bookie he shuns, certain he’ll meet the payments. (more…)

    Review: ‘Merchant’ gets more drama and poses questions
    Harriet Howard Heithaus Naples Daily News
  • WILL POWER: Bard gets a hand from Shakespeare scholar

    They’ll use the King’s English but in accents American.


    Dr. Gail Kern Paster, former director of the Folger Shakespeare Library and English professor at George Washington University, smiles while watching a dress rehearsal of Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice at the Norris Community Center Thursday, March 16, 2017 in Naples.

    If you’re an English literature major, the plays of William Shakespeare are an ever-blooming garden of language — colorful with puns, allusions and word plays that show more of themselves every time you see his scripts.

    And if you’re not? (more…)

    Merchant of Venice
    Harriet Howard Heithaus Naples News and USA Today

From our Patrons:

  • Professional Theater in a Small Town: All equity actors perform four to six plays per season. Double check the schedule before you visit Naples to see if Gulfshore has a play being performed when you are in town. Also any seat is a good seat. Small theater.

    Patron from Naples, Florida
  • Superb theater….put it on your list!: Gulfshore Playhouse offers consistently superb theater–whether it be a comedy or a drama. The productions are often thought-provoking and the performances are first class. Artistic Director Kristen Coury’s casting is always right-on with Equity actors’ performances taking this playhouse’s productions to the next level. Enjoy a pleasant afternoon matinee or evening performance; call ahead for reservations as tickets go quickly. The word is out about Gulfshore Playhouse!

    Patron from Florida
  • Fabulous Theater in a Resort Town: Live theater at this venue is so good, so professional, so surprising, that it’s like being at an Off Broadway play in NYC. Kristen Coury, Founder and Producing Artistic Director, auditions professional, Actors Equity talent, often from New York, to cast in her productions. If you care for live theater, make sure to take in a play at Gulfshore Playhouse.

    Patron from Naples, Florida
  • Superb theatre at Gulfshore Playhouse This small theatre has consistently excellent productions. All performances feature Actors Equity actors who are top of their game. The scenery designs are always amazing. If you are in Naples during season, check out a production. You won’t be disappointed. We have seen every play for the past three years and every one was a quality production. Reasonable prices as well.

    Patron from Naples FL
  • A stimulating evening diversion from the sun and sand. Visitors to Naples will find that the Gulfshore Playhouse offers a stimulating diversion from the sun and the sand at night. This company hires professional actors and every performance that I have seen here has been excellent. My only desire is that the seating would be made more comfortable. It is bearable for the quality.

    Patron from Naples FL
  • Play on! Gulfshore Playhouse productions are so terrific! You will forget where you are. Every play has equity actors from New York. Kristen Coury provides the best, professional theatre experience you could wish for, at. A very low number cost.

    Gulfshore Playhouse Patron from Naples FL
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