Ashland Shakespeare


Shakespeare Festival Ashland Oregon Makes Theater Enjoyable

The Shakespeare Festival Ashland Oregon has entertained audiences since 1935. During this time, it has completed the entirety of Shakespeare’s cannon three times. The Festival offers both Shakespeare and other classic plays each season that typically begins in February, runs through October, and averages almost 400,000 in total audience attendance. In addition, since the year 2000, the festival also presents at least one new work each season.

Plays for Ashland Shakespeare are presented on one of three stages. During the warmer months, the Elizabethan Stage in Allen Pavilion will present three plays. Throughout the season, the Angus Bowmer and New Theater are also open, with five plays presented in the Bowmer and three in the New Theater. Before playtime, a free show, called the Green Show is presented on a outdoor stage.

OSF has won many awards through the years as a world-renowned theater and acting troupe. It has an excellent costume set, and recently, costumes from OSF were used on Saturday Night Live. Prop designers make creative use of recycled materials and have been known to create sheep from old coiled telephone headset cords or even from tube socks.

Currently, OSF presents close to 800 performances in their three theaters each year. Matinee as well as evening performances allow visitors to see three to four plays in two days. Theaters are dark on Mondays, so out of town visitors will want to plan accordingly.

Ashland is located just north of the California border with easy access from Interstate 5. Air travelers will want to book their flights to the Medford International Airport (MFR). Vaction rentals Ashland Oregon, is a pleasant way to stay while viewing the plays.

A visit to the Shakespeare Festival Ashland Oregon is an adventure that playgoers will remember for many years in the future. You may become one of the groups of many supporters that plan at least one trip each year to enjoy the productions of OSF.