Answers to your questions...
Ewing Cultural Center – is open all day, every day starting a 8 a.m.. The ticket booth is open at 5:30 p.m., and Festival staff will have tables, lawn chairs, and concessions available at 6 p.m.. Shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Sunday - Thursday; 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. The Festival is closed on Mondays.
Westhoff Theatre at the Center for the Performing Arts on the Illinois State University campus – is open for matinee performances at noon.
Ewing Cultural Center – parking is FREE directly across Emerson Street at St. John's Lutheran Church (set your GPS for: 1617 E. Emerson, Bloomington, Illinois).
The Center for the Performing Arts – parking is FREE in the School Street Garage on the corner of School St. and Beaufort Ave. (set your GPS for: 400 W. Beaufort, Normal, Illinois).
Ewing Cultural Center – Drop off may occur at the West gate off Sunset Rd. Please call the box office in advance so a staff member can assist you.
The Center for the Performing Arts – Drop off may occur in the circle drive on School St.
The Festival performs through light showers. Should any 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 at intermission or after, the evening will be considered complete and no ticket exchanges will be possible.
Decisions to cancel a performance at the Ewing Theatre due to rain or excessive heat will be made within the hour prior to curtain on performance days. Performance cancellation and information will be posted on theFestival.org homepage.
Our performances will not exceed two & a half hours on the stage (we promise!). This does not include intermission.
Family members of all ages are welcome! We find that most children ages eight and over are attentive throughout our performances.
The Illinois Shakespeare Festival hires professional actors from across the country. As part of our educational mission through Illinois State University, the Festival also hires 12 acting interns and 10 production interns in the company.
We have the best picnic spots in town! You are always welcome to bring your own food and drink to the Festival... but to make your life easier, we have food and drinks on-site including a great selection of beer and wine, snacks and ice cream. Dinners can be purchased from The Bus, an authentic London double-decker bus affectionately named Victoria, on Tuesdays and Saturdays. You may also choose to pre-order meals from Kelly's Bakery and Cafe on Tuesdays through Sundays. See the 'meals' section for more information.