Theatres at The Oregon Shakespeare Festival

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is by and large Ashland’s main attraction. If you’re visiting The Bard’s Inn to partake in the festivities, you may want to map out a plan. How about starting with the local theatres? Let us help!

Angus Bowmer

Less than a quarter of a mile down the road, this is an easy, breezy five-minute walk. On a beautiful day, you can enjoy the great outdoors and breathe in the fresh mountain air.

This theatre offers a thrilling experience with stadium seating and an intimate actor-audience relationship. A full house accommodates up to 600 patrons, and it’s blending of the present with 16th century plans makes the viewing process a dream.

Thomas 

Moving right along! This venue is only 0.3 miles away from our hotel. Head out a bit early and you can use the opportunity to indulge in a leisurely stroll. Maybe even catch a bite or cup of coffee along the way!

Thomas Theatre satisfied the need for a more flexible space. It was “born out of tradition of the Black Swan.” For those unfamiliar, Black Swan was OSF’s intimate and greatly loved third theatre. It closed its doors to performances at the end of the 2001 season. The Thomas venue “continues its commitment to exploring different styles of theatre that create a more provocative dialogue with the classic repertory produced in the Allen Elizabethan and Angus Bowmer.”

The Allen Elizabethan

The Allen Elizabethan is of similar distance as the Thomas Theatre. Its rich history makes it a focal point, and a revered location for Shakespearean performances. In 1940, the original structure was destroyed by fire, only to be replaced in 1947 by one of unsurpassed grandeur. It was initially built in association with the City of Ashland’s Fourth of July celebration.

We're only three weeks away from the start of #RomeoAndJulietOSF, #BookofWillOSF and #LovesLaborsLostOSF previews! 🎭🌞🌛✨ The opening of our outdoor theatre is a deadline we can't extend, but one that we CAN is the deadline for your Shakespeare videos! We'll now accept submissions of you sharing your favorite words by #Shakespeare through this Friday, May 18. Don't miss your chance to honor our namesake playwright's enduring legacy and potentially be projected on the facade of the Allen Elizabethan Theatre during @lalatellsastory’s THE BOOK OF WILL! Find full details and see submissions from your fellow Bardophiles at facebook.com/BookofWillOSF/ 🎭🌞🌛✨ Pictured: Set load-in for #BookOfWillOSF. Scenic design by @christopher.acebo. #OutdoorTheatre #OSF2018

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Arriving at the Performances

If you haven’t visited the event’s webpage, then don’t forget to stop by and peruse. The rules are clear – all performances begin promptly. “There is no late seating at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and no refunds for latecomers.” While there are video monitors in the in the lobby, they mean business. Knowing where you’re going and when to leave is crucial.

If you have any questions, our staff would be more than happy to assist!

Which theatre did you like best?

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