The Ashland Oregon Shakespeare Festival is one of the oldest and largest professional non-profit theaters in the United States. It’s located in the heart of southern Oregon’s wine country making it so easy to plan a tour of Oregon wineries in addition to taking in a play or two at this renowned theater.
We love this annual festival for many reasons. It really is one of the top theatrical venues in the country. The actors are highly talented. The theaters are beautiful. There’s really not a bad seat in the house. The consistently high quality performances and gorgeous settings combine to create a totally awesome experience.
The Shakespeare Festival Ashland Oregon produces eleven plays each year on three different stages. The performances begin in February and continue though October. Usually three to five of the plays are by William Shakespeare.
The three stages at this venue include an outdoor Elizabethan Stage also called Allen Pavilion, the New Theatre, as well as Angus Bowmer Theatre. 325 full-time personnel are in the theatre company, which includes more than 100 actors.
During the summer months visitors can enjoy a free outdoor “Green Show”. These performances take place in the Festival courtyard before the evening play begins on every day of the week except Mondays. The Green Show features a variety of performing abilities including music, dance, improv, and poetry.
While visiting the Ashland Oregon Shakespare Festival, make the time to go wine tasting at the nearby Rogue Valley Wineries There are many great wineries located in and around Ashland that are worth a visit.
Oregon is the third largest producer of wines in the Unitied States. There are many wineries producing world class wines throughout the state of Oregon. Oregon is main known for its fabulous Pinot Noir. However, they produce a number of other incredible wines. If you have the opportunity to travel to Oregon, be sure to check out the many Oregon Wineries You will be glad you did!
Ashland Oregon Shakespeare Festival Contact Information
Address: 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland, OR 97520
Telephone: (541) 482-4331
Directions from I-5:
Take the OR-66 exit toward Ashland/Klamath Falls. Turn left onto OR-66W/Ashland St./Green Springs Hwy. Turn slightly right onto Siskiyou Blvd.OR-99/Rogue Valley Hwy. Continue to follow OR-99 N/Rogue Valley Hwy. Turn left onto N. Pioneer St. The Shakespeare Festival is on the right.