Grab your sun hat and pack your picnic: from Seattle to Snohomish, Mount Vernon to Monroe, Bainbridge Island to Burien, the hills (and valleys) are alive this summer with the sounds of Shakespeare and musical comedies.
The outdoor-theater season in this region just keeps extending its reach:
Wooden O Theatre: William Shakespeare’s “Two Gentlemen of Verona” and “Julius Caesar.” Through Aug. 10 at parks in Seattle, Mercer Island, Orcas Island and other locales. Free (seattleshakespeare.org).
GreenStage: Shakespeare’s “Love’s Labour’s Lost” and “Othello,” and Backyard Bard mini-versions of “The Comedy of Errors” and “All’s Well That Ends Well.” Through Aug. 16 at parks in Seattle, Snohomish, Burien and other locales. Free (GreenStage.org)
Skagit River Shakespeare Festival (Mount Vernon): Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” and “Macbeth.” Through Aug. 16 at Rexville-Blackrock Amphitheatre, Mount Vernon. $10-$12 (shakespearenw.org).
Key City Public Theatre (Port Townsend): “The Trojan Women” by Euripides (Aug. 1-10) ; and “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield (Aug. 15-24) at Chetzemoka Park, Port Townsend. Free (keycitypublictheatre.org).
Teatro Minestrone: “Around the World in 8 Stories” by Brendan Healy. Saturday-Aug. 3 at parks in Seattle, Vashon Island, Burien and Chimacum. Free (the1448projects.org).
Theater Schmeater: “Who’s Afraid of the Big, Bad Wolf?” by Tom McCabe. Through July 20 at Volunteer Park, Seattle. Free (schmeater.org).
Last Leaf Productions: Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” and “Richard III.” Through July 27 at parks in Seattle, Monroe, Woodinville, Arlington and other locales. Free (lastleaf99.org).
Island Shakespeare Festival (Langley): Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” and “Richard III.” July 26-Sept. 7 behind Langley Middle School, Langley, Whidbey Island. Free (islandshakespearefest.org).
Snoqualmie Falls Forest Theater (Fall City): “Fiddler on the Roof.” July 19-Aug. 24 at Snoqualmie Falls Forest Theater, Fall City. $10-$20 (foresttheater.org).
Mountaineers Players (Bremerton): “Annie.” July 26-Aug. 17 at Kitsap Forest Theater, Bremerton. $10-$20 (foresttheater.com).
Leavenworth Summer Theater (Leavenworth): “Fiddler on the Roof,” “The Sound of Music” and “The Drowsy Chaperone.” Through Aug. 31 at Leavenworth Ski Hill Amphitheater; Hatchery Park; and Festhalle Theater. $14-$30 (leavenworthsummertheater.org).
Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Ashland, Ore.): Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” “Comedy of Errors” and “The Two Gentlemen of Verona,” as well as the world premieres of Robert Schenkkan’s “The Great Society,” Stew’s “Family Album,” and an adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s “A Wrinkle in Time,” and other shows. Through Nov. 2. Call for ticket prices (800-219-8161 or osfashland.org).
Bard on the Beach (Vancouver, B.C.): Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “The Tempest” and “Cymbeline,” and Bill Cain’s “Equivocation.” Through Sept. 20 at Vanier Park, Vancouver, B.C. Call for ticket prices (604-739-0559 or bardonthebeach.org).