RIVERSIDE THEATRE SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL, Festival Stage, Lower City Park, 200 Park Rd., Iowa City. RiversideTheatre.org. Henry V. One of the Bard’s most boldly theatrical works, this “war play” explores passion, patriotism, leadership, and destiny—leading to the storied English victory over the French at Agincourt. Follow Henry as he learns what it means to be a king, uniting his country and reaching the cusp of victory—but at what cost? Directed by Adam Knight and featuring Katy Hahn in the title role. Lawn activities, games, and refreshments are available prior to the free performance at 6:30 p.m. June 17–July 3.
DES MOINES CIVIC CENTER, 221 Walnut St., Des Moines. DesMoinesPerformingArts.org. Heathers: The Musical. Westerberg High is ruled by a shoulder-padded, scrunchie-wearing junta: Heather, Heather, and Heather. But misfit Veronica Sawyer rejects their evil regime for a new boyfriend, the dark and sexy stranger J.D., who plans to put the Heathers in their place—six feet under. 13+. July 22–31. My Fair Lady. From Lincoln Center Theater comes “a sumptuous new production of the most perfect musical of all time” (Entertainment Weekly). August 2–7.
MOUNT VERNON-LISBON COMMUNITY THEATRE, 221 1st St. W NE, Mt. Vernon. (319) 654-1016. The Drowsy Chaperone. A hilarious parody of American 1920s musical comedy. July 15–23.
THEATRE CEDAR RAPIDS, 102 3rd St. SE, Cedar Rapids. Theatre-CR.org. Mamma Mia. A mother, a daughter, and three possible fathers. ABBA’s legendary hits—from “Super Trooper” to “Dancing Queen”—tell an infectious, feel-good story of a young woman’s search for her birth father as she prepares to walk down the aisle. June 24–July 31. Elephant & Piggie’s “We are in a Play.” Based on Mo Willems’ beloved children’s books, Elephant and Piggie’s onstage outdoor adventure will leave young audiences doing the “Flippy Floppy Floory” dance all night long. July 8–17 at Brucemore Mansion: Peggy Boyle Whitworth Amphitheater, Cedar Rapids. Brucemore.org.
CIRCA 21 DINNER PLAYHOUSE, Rock Island, IL. Circa21.com. Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. The Broadway musical. Through July 16. Disaster! Earthquakes, tidal waves, infernos, and the unforgettable songs of the 1970s take center stage in Broadway’s side-splitting homage to classic disaster films. July 22–Sept. 10.
DES MOINES PLAYHOUSE, 831 42nd St., Des Moines. DMPlayhouse.com. (515) 277-6261.
Washington Community Theatre, 2227 250th St., Washington. (319) 653-5175. Mary Poppins. The musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney film. June 17–26.
GIVING TREE THEATER, 752 10th St., Marion. GivingTreeTheater.com. Brighton Beach Memoirs. Part one of Neil Simon’s autobiographical trilogy: a portrait of the writer as a young teen in 1937 living with his family in a crowded, lower middle-class Brooklyn walk-up. July 15–24.
DES MOINES METRO OPERA, Blank Performing Arts Center, 513 North D St., Indianola. DesMoinesMetroOpera.org. Porgy and Bess. Hailed as the first American opera, the Gershwin brothers’ Porgy and Bess has garnered critical acclaim and inspired passionate reactions since its premiere. July 1–24. A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Benjamin Britten’s opera is based on Shakespeare’s popular comedy, which follows the consequences of a falling-out between the fairy-king Oberon and his queen, Tytania. July 2–23. (Above: John Holiday, feat. as Oberon). A Thousand Acres. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, A Thousand Acres is a modern retelling of Shakespeare’s King Lear set on a farm in Iowa in the late 1970s. For mature audiences. July 9–22. American Apollo. A new opera, based on a story forged at the crossroads of celebrity, class, race, and power in America, gives voice to a pivotal figure in American art: Thomas Eugene McKeller, a Black model who served as inspiration for portraitist John Singer Sargent. July 20–23.
WILLOW CREEK THEATRE COMPANY, 327 S. Gilbert St. Iowa City. Facebook.com. Hedwig and the Angry Inch. This Obie Award-winning off-Broadway smash tells the outrageous and unexpectedly hilarious story of “internationally ignored song stylist” Hedwig Schmidt, an East German rock ’n’ roll goddess and victim of a botched sex-change operation. July 22–31.
ADLER THEATRE, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport. (563) 326-8500.
BRUCEMORE MANSION, Peggy Boyle Whitworth Amphitheater, Cedar Rapids. Brucemore.org. (319) 362-7375.
CEDAR FALLS COMMUNITY THEATER, Oster Regent, 103 Main St., Cedar Falls. (319) 277-5283.
CIRCA ’21 DINNER PLAYHOUSE, Rock Island, IL. Circa21.com.
CITY CIRCLE THEATRE COMPANY, Coralville Center for the Performing Arts. (319) 248-9370. CoralvilleArts.org.
DES MOINES PERFORMING ARTS, 221 Walnut St., DesMoinesPerformingArts.org.
DES MOINES CIVIC CENTER, 221 Walnut St., Des Moines. DesMoinesPerformingArts.org.
DES MOINES METRO OPERA, Blank Performing Arts Center, 513 North D St., Indianola. DesMoinesMetroOpera.org.
REVIVAL THEATRE COMPANY & CSPS, CSPS Hall, 1103 3rd St. SE, Cedar Rapids. RevivalTheatreCompany.com.
CORALVILLE CENTER for the Performing Arts, 1301 5th St., Coralville. (319) 248-9370.
DES MOINES CIVIC CENTER, 221 E. Walnut St., Des Moines. (515) 246-2300.
DES MOINES YOUNG ARTISTS THEATRE, 4801 Franklin Ave., Des Moines. (515) 218-8016.
DES MOINES PLAYHOUSE, 831 42nd St., Des Moines. DMPlayhouse.com.
DREAMWELL THEATRE, Public Space One, 120 N. Dubuque St., Iowa City. Dreamwell.com.
FAIRFIELD AREA COMMUNITY THEATER, Walton Club, 2265 Walton Lake Road, Fairfield.
FILMSCENE at the Chauncey, 404 E. College St., Iowa City. ICFilmScene.org.
GIVING TREE THEATER, 752 10th St., Marion. GivingTreeTheater.com.
IOWA CITY COMMUNITY THEATRE, 4261 Oak Crest Hill Rd., Iowa City. IowaCityCommunityTheatre.org.
IOWA STAGE THEATER COMPANY, Salisbury House & Gardens, Shakespeare on the Lawn, Des Moines. SalisburyHouse.org.
IOWA STAGE THEATRE CO., Des Moines Civic Center, DesMoinesPerformingArts.org.
IOWA STAGE THEATRE CO., Kum & Go Theater, Des Moines. IowaStage.org.
MIRRORBOX THEATRE, CSPS Hall, Cedar Rapids. MirrorboxTheatre.com.
MOUNT VERNON-LISBON COMMUNITY THEATRE, 221 1st St. W NE, Mt Vernon. (319) 654-1016.
THE PLAYERS WORKSHOP, Burlington. (319) 753-6623.
PYRAMID THEATRE, Prairie Meadows Riviera Amphitheater at Riverview Park, Des Moines, DMPlayhouse.com.
REVIVAL THEATRE COMPANY & Coe College, Dows Theatre, 1220 First Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids. RevivalTheatreCompany.com.
THEATRE CEDAR RAPIDS, 102 3rd St. SE, Cedar Rapids. TheatreCR.org.
THEATRE CEDAR RAPIDS @ Brucemore, Peggy Boyle Whitworth Amphitheater, 2160 Linden Dr. SE, Cedar Rapids. Brucemore.org. Theatre-CR.org.
UNIVERSITY OF IOWA THEATRE, Theatre Building, U of I, Iowa City, Theatre.UIowa.edu. (319) 335-1160.
WASHINGTON COMMUNITY THEATER, 2227 250th St., Washington. (319) 653-5175. WCTheater.com.
WATERLOO COMMUNITY PLAYHOUSE, 224 Commercial St., Waterloo. (319) 235-0367.