The Student Matinee Series offers students and teachers the chance to experience The Shakespeare Theatre's acclaimed Main Stage professional productions as well as Shakespeare LIVE! touring productions at a convenient time and price at The F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre in Madison, New Jersey.


All performances include a study guide and a post-performance talk-back with the cast.


LIVE! at the Kirby 2024

These dynamic abridged productions bring Shakespeare’s plays to vibrant life!


A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM by William Shakespeare

Appropriate for grades 3 and up.

Wednesday, March 6th at 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday, April 23rd at 10:00 p.m.



JULIUS CAESAR by William Shakespeare

Appropriate for grades 6 and up.

Thursday, March 7th at 10:00 a.m.

Wednesday, April 24th at 10:00 a.m.


For more information or to purchase tickets, please fill out this reservation interest form:


Questions? Please contact the Education Department at or call 973-845-6742.

The Student Matinee Series 2024


          Book and Lyrics by               Music and Lyrics by
          Robert L. Freedman             Steven Lutvak
               Based on A Novel by Roy Horniman
Recommended for grades 8-12

  • Wednesday, May 22


          Adapted by Jessica Swale
Recommended for grades 6-12

  • Wednesday, September 18


          By William Shakespeare
Recommended for grades 8-12

  • Tuesday, October 22
  • Wednesday, October 23
  • Thursday, October 24
  • Friday, October 25
  • Wednesday, October 30
  • Tuesday, November 12
  • Wednesday, November 13
  • Thursday, November 14
  • Friday, November 15


          Adapted for the stage by Neil Bartlett
Recommended for grades 3-12

  • Wednesday, December 11
  • Thursday, December 12


Backstage Tours are also available for an additional per/student fee.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact the Education Department at or call 973-845-6742.

Backstage Tours

Backstage tours of the F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre can be arranged for an additional per student fee.  Students can view the behind-the-scenes spaces that support the work on stage.  From dressing rooms and rehearsal spaces to the light and sound booth, these tours encourage a broader awareness of what it takes to bring a show to life on stage.


For more information about our backstage tours, please contact the Education Department at or call 973-845-6742.

The Thomas H. Kean Theatre Factory Tour

Take a tour of one of the most unique, behind-the-scenes workspaces in the American theatre. STNJ’s Thomas H. Kean Theatre Factory houses all of the shops, costumes, props, and scenery needed to produce plays, plus much much more. Located in Florham Park, NJ this 50,000 sq. ft. site is, simultaneously, an interactive museum; work of art; teaching tool; and actual workspace for scores of theatre artists. See how a play goes from page to stage, from beginning to end and experience the tour and building that never fail to amaze visitors. Tours can be booked by appointment and each tour is led by one of STNJ’s staff members. These tours are appropriate for both young people and adults and can also be accompanied by a post-tour lecture for an additional fee.

Adult groups pay $20 per person; children under 16 can tour for $12. Each tour group is limited to 20 people. For larger groups, arrangements can be made for multiple guides at an additional fee.

For more information about booking a Theatre Factory tour, please contact Education at or call 973-845-6723.