Shakespeare Play

The eighth grade has performed a Shakespeare play since 1910.  The Shakespeare play is one of the most cherished of St. Bernard’s traditions.  It is a group effort, with each boy contributing to its success.  The boys begin studying the play they will perform in the seventh grade and then spend the entire fall of eighth grade rehearsing it and creating the scenery.  They perform the play in The Miller Theatre at Columbia University shortly before Christmas.  The celebration of the Shakespeare production is a crucial part of the school’s cultural and poetic tradition.


1910  The Merchant of Venice
1916  Hamlet
1917  As You Like It
1919  Julius Caesar
1920  Twelfth Night
1921  The Tempest (March)
1921  The Merchant of Venice (Dec.)
1922  Macbeth
1923  Hamlet
1924  As You Like It
1926  King Richard II
1927  Twelfth Night
1929  Julius Caesar
1929  The Merchant of Venice
1930  Othello
1931  The Tempest
1932  King Henry V
1933  The Taming of the Shrew
1934  As You Like It
1935  Macbeth
1936  Twelfth Night
1937  The Merchant of Venice
1938  King Richard II
1939  The Tempest
1940  The Taming of the Shrew
1941  King Henry V
1942  Julius Caesar
1943  As You Like It
1944  The Merchant of Venice
1945  Twelfth Night
1946  King Richard II
1947  The Taming of the Shrew
1948  The Tempest
1949  Julius Caesar
1950  Macbeth
1951  Twelfth Night
1952  King Henry V
1953  A Midsummer Night's Dream
1954  King Richard II
1955  The Taming of the Shrew
1956  The Merchant of Venice
1957  The Tempest
1958  King Henry V
1959  Macbeth
1960  Julius Caesar
1961  Twelfth Night
1962  A Midsummer Night's Dream
1963  As You Like It
1964  The Merchant of Venice
1965  King Henry IV Part I
1966  The Tempest
1967  The Taming of the Shrew
1968  Twelfth Night
1969  Julius Caesar
1970  A Midsummer Night's Dream
1971  As You Like It
1972  The Merchant of Venice
1973  King Henry IV Part I
1974  The Tempest
1975  The Taming of the Shrew
1976  Julius Caesar
1977  Twelfth Night
1978  A Midsummer Night's Dream
1979  As You Like It
1980  The Merchant of Venice
1981  King Henry IV Part I
1982  The Tempest
1983  King Richard II
1984  The Winter's Tale
1985  As You Like It
1986  Twelfth Night
1987  A Midsummer Night's Dream
1988  King Henry IV Part I
1989  King Henry IV Part II
1990  Much Ado About Nothing
1991  The Taming of the Shrew
1992  The Tempest
1993  As You Like It
1994  A Midsummer Night's Dream
1995  Julius Caesar
1996  Twelfth Night
1997  King Henry IV Part I
1998  King Henry IV Part II
1999  King Henry V
2000  The Taming of the Shrew
2001  Much Ado About Nothing
2002  As You Like It
2003  A Midsummer Night's Dream
2004  Julius Caesar
2005  Twelfth Night
2006  Macbeth
2007  The Tempest
2008  The Taming of the Shrew
2009  Much Ado About Nothing
2010  A Midsummer Night's Dream
2011  As You Like It
2012  King Henry V
2013  Romeo & Juliet
2014  Twelfth Night
2015  A Midsummer Night's Dream
2016  The Tempest
2017  Julius Caesar