The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s production of The Diary of Anne Frank will include an exclusive open-captioned performance on Sunday, November 15 at 2 p.m. Open captioning is provided by c2 (caption coalition) inc, a 501(c)(3) non-profit company which utilizes Live Performance Captioning (sm) for Hard of Hearing and Deaf patrons at live theatrical and cultural events. During an open-captioned performance, the transcribed dialogue is prominently displayed on a screen for the entire audience. Audience members do not require individual equipment. Tickets start at $32. For more information, call the Box Office at 973-408-5600 or visit The Shakespeare Theatre’s Main Stage, The F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, is located at 36 Madison Avenue (at Lancaster Road), in Madison.

On November 1, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey is offering an audio description of the performance.  Patrons with visual impairments hear live descriptions of the action on the stage through an FM transmitter.  Michael Dundon, a trained audio describer, will perform the audio description. 

The audio description and open caption services are made possible by New Jersey Theatre Alliance and Fund for the New Jersey Blind.

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The Diary of Anne Frank runs through November 21 at the Theatre’s Main Stage – the F. M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre. Nearly 75 years ago, a young girl in the Netherlands received a diary for her 13th birthday. Today, Anne Frank’s humor, strength, and innate goodness continue to shine forth from her words to inspire readers and audiences of all ages. The powerful story of her family’s will to survive comes to unforgettable life for a new generation in this adaptation of the Pulitzer, Tony, and Critic’s Circle Award-winning play.

Special Performances

Discount preview performances for The Diary of Anne Frank are Wednesday, October 14 at 7:30 p.m., Thursday and Friday, October 15 and 16 at 8 p.m., and Saturday, October 17 at 2 p.m. These Preview performances offer opportunities for reduced-priced tickets while enjoying the excitement of the very first performances in front of an audience.  As always, the first Preview performance is Pay What You Can night. Visit The Shakespeare Theatre Box Office between noon and curtain on October 15 and purchase a ticket for that evening’s 7:30 p.m. preview performance for what you are able to pay (offer subject to availability). 

Three Symposium Series performances are offered for each show and include a free post-play discussion with the cast and artistic staff. Symposium performances for The Diary of Anne Frank will be Tuesday, October 20 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, October 24 and October 31 at 2 p.m.

For each production, The Shakespeare Theatre presents the popular education program Know the Show. From 7:00 to 7:30 p.m., an artist from The Shakespeare Theatre will present a pre-performance talk that provides background information and an insider’s perspective on the production. The Know the Show performance will be held on Thursday, October 22 at 7:00 p.m. General admission is $5 for the general public, $4 for ticket package holders and subscribers. Tickets to that evening’s 8:00 p.m. performance may be purchased separately.

One of the leading Shakespeare theatres in the nation, serving 100,000 adults and children annually, The Shakespeare Theatre is New Jersey’s largest professional theatre company dedicated solely to Shakespeare’s canon and other world classics. Through its distinguished productions and education programs, the company strives to illuminate the universal and lasting relevance of the classics for contemporary audiences.

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The acclaimed Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey is an independent, professional theatre company located on the Drew University campus. The Outdoor Stage is located on the campus of the College of St. Elizabeth and the Theatre’s support and education facility is in Florham Park.

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s programs are made possible, in part, by funding from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.  Additional major support is received from The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, F.M. Kirby Foundation, The Edward T. Cone Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, CTW Foundation, The Samuel H. Scripps Foundation, and Drew University, as well as contributions from numerous corporations, foundations, government agencies and individuals. The 2015 Outdoor Stage production of Love’s Labour’s Lost is sponsored by Bank of America.


General Information


MAIN STAGE: F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre   

36 Madison Ave. (at Lancaster Rd.), Madison, NJ               

TICKETS & INFO:  Call the Box Office at 973-408-5600 or visit


The Diary of Anne Frank Snapshot

By Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett

Adapted by Wendy Kesselman

Directed by Joseph Discher

Begins October 14


Previews: Wednesday, October 14 at 7:30 p.m., Thursday and Friday, October 15 and 16 at 8 p.m., and Saturday, October 17 at 2 p.m

Opening Night:  Saturday, October 17 at 7:30 p.m.

Post-Show Symposium Performances: Tuesday, October 20 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, October 24 and October 31 at 2 p.m.

Know the Show:  Thursday, October 22 at 7:00 p.m.

Closing Performance: Saturday, November 21 at 7:30 p.m.



Tuesdays (7:30 p.m.): October 20, 27, November 10, 17

Wednesdays (7:30 p.m.): October 14, 21, 28, November 11, 18

Thursdays (8 p.m.): October 15, 22, 29

Fridays (8 p.m.): October 16, 23, 30, November 6, 13, 20

Saturdays (2 p.m.): October 17, 24, 31, November 21

Saturdays: October 18 (7:30 pm), October 24, 31, November 7 (8 p.m.), 14 (8 p.m.), 21 (8 p.m.)

Sundays (2 p.m.): October 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15

Sundays (7:30 p.m.): October 18, November 8, 15