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.
The Center for the Performing Arts – is open for matinee performances at noon on Saturdays and Sundays, including concessions and picnicking. Rain/heat performances will follow the Ewing schedule listed above.
Ewing Cultural Center – parking is FREE directly across Emerson Street at St. John's Lutheran Church (GPS: 1617 E. Emerson, Bloomington).
The Center for the Performing Arts – parking is FREE in the School Street Garage on the corner of School St. and Beaufort Ave. (GPS: 400 W. Beaufort, Normal).
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 meet you.
The Center for the Performing Arts – Drop off may occur in the circle drive on School St.
It's Outdoor Theatre (most of the time)! – The Festival maintains a heat/rain space in the Center for the Performing Arts (CPA). Decisions to move a performance from Ewing to CPA will occur prior to 2 p.m. on performance days, and the information will be posted on theFestival.org homepage.
When at Ewing, 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.
Our performances will not exceed two 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, but we do have an enclosed 'viewing room' available in the back of the theatre if necessary.
The Illinois Shakespeare Festival hires professional actors from across the country. This season, the Festival auditioned roughly 750 actors and hired 14. As part of Illinois State University, the Festival also has 12 acting interns and 10 production interns (students) 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, desserts and ice cream, even caramel corn. Dinners can be purchased from Two Blokes and a Bus on Tuesdays or pre-ordered from Kelly's Bakery and Cafe on Wednesdays through Sundays. See the 'meals' section for more information.