The Festival performs 8 times each week through August 9th. Don't miss your chance to see Much Ado About Nothing, Elizabeth Rex, and Antony and Cleopatra. Learn about this week and special events below...
What they are saying about us....
WMBD - Road Trippin' - Great overview of the Festival from picnicking to the theatre... See more
Smile Politely - Shakespeare amidst fireflies .... See more
Pantagraph - Boys will be girls in fest's true-to-period 'Much Ado' by Marcia Weiss.... See more
Pantagraph - Much ado about something in spellbinding 'Elizabeth' by Tricia Stiller.... See more
Pantagraph - History's first power couple exerts a firm grip in 'Antony and Cleopatra' by Nancy Steele Brokaw.... See more
Pantagraph - Three-way affair: This year's Shakespeare Fest trio enjoys a fling by Dan Craft.... See more
Read all the press articles for the season...
We perform outdoors in the Theatre at Ewing as often as possible. We maintain a heat/rain space in ISU's Center for the Performing Arts (CPA) theatre because we want to assure our patrons that the show will happen. Decisions to move a performance from Ewing to CPA will occur prior to 2 pm on performance days, and the information is posted here, and on Facebook and Twitter. While at Ewing, the festival will not cancel any performance earlier than 15 minutes prior to curtain. The festival performs through light showers. Should any outdoor performance be rained out before the first intermission, patrons may exchange their tickets for another performance within two business days. If a performance is stopped during or after the first intermission, the evening will be considered complete and no ticket exchanges will be possible.
July 8 - August 9
ELIZABETH REX, by Timothy Findley
Directed by Paula Suozzi
This brilliant, award-winning play imagines Queen Elizabeth spending the eve of her lover's execution in the company of William Shakespeare and his players.
Please note: this show contains adult themes, adult language, and suggestive dialogue.
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, by William Shakespeare
Directed by Jonathan West
Our investigation of Shakespeare's original practices continues with a hilarious all-male production of MUCH ADO.
ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA, by William Shakespeare
Directed by Kevin Rich
Shakespeare's epic portrayal of Mark Antony's intoxication with the stunning Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt.
BUY 2, GET 1: Buy Tickets to two matinee shows and get the third show for free at Ewing or CPA. Call the box office for details, some restrictions apply.
All events are at the Ewing Cultural Center except matinees.
Tuesday: 6 pm They Fight; 7:30 pm Antony and Cleopatra ($10 Tuesdays)
Wednesday: 10 am Shake, Shake, Shake Your Shakespeare; 6 pm Much Ado About Shakespeare; 7:30 pm Much Ado About Nothing; 10 pm Talkback and ice Cream Social
Thursday: 6 pm As You Like It (Abridged); 7:30 pm Elizabeth Rex
Friday: 6:30 pm Live Jazz; 8 pmAntony and Cleopatra
Saturday: 10 am Shake, Shake, Shake Your Shakespeare; 1:30 pm Much Ado About Nothing; 6 pm Improvised Shakespeare Company; 6:50 pm Live Jazz; 8 pm Elizabeth Rex
Sunday: 1:30 pm Antony and Cleopatra; 5 pm GLT Night; 7:30 pm Much Ado About Nothing (GLT Night)
Tuesdays - Dine with the 2 Blokes and a Bus - the unique food truck in an English double-decker bus is in the Ewing driveway every Tuesday evening waiting to take your order.
Wednesdays - Sundays - Enjoy cafe bistro box dinners from Kelly's Bakery & Cafe - ordering is easy and online!
Visit the Bard's Bistro in the courtyard for a great selection of wine, beer, and soft drinks. This year, try Destihl Brewery's new Abbey's Single.
Enjoy delicious ice cream or caramel corn and Chicago mix from Carl's Ice Cream and chocolate croissants and cookies from Kelly's Bakery & Cafe in our Bard's Bistro.
Box Office: 866-IL-SHAKE
Corner of Emerson St. and Towanda Avenue
48 Sunset Rd.
Bloomington, Illinois 61701