Natalie Salle, Joe Flynn star in MacbethPhoto by Joel Core

Arc Theatre returns to Ridgeville Park this summer with a new version of Shakespeare’s most perfect tragedy, “Macbeth,” followed by the greatest love story of all time, “Romeo and Juliet” performed by Mudlark Theater’s teen ensemble. Approximately 1,500 people are expected to attend these 13 performances, which continue through Aug. 2.

Over the last five years, Shakespeare on the Ridge has expanded from one weekend of shows on the side of a hill to a full run of shows featuring two theater companies on an outdoor stage. Shows are created specifically for the festival, custom adapted by the Arc Theatre and Mudlark Theater to focus on the colorful relationships and intricate storytelling inherent in Shakespeare’s great works.

Admission is free. Some seating is provided, but audience members are free to bring their own blankets and chairs. Reserved picnic tables and front row seats are available to Festival VIP donors.

Both plays will be performed at Ridgeville Park, 908 Seward St. Performances of “Macbeth” will be at 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through Aug. 2; performances of “Romeo and Juliet” will be at 7 p.m. on July 23, 24 and 29-31.