At Island Shakespeare Festival, we are passionate about doing our part to help curb the spread of COVID-19 to keep vulnerable people safe and so we can all return to celebrate live theatre together as we love to do.
To protect our vulnerable youth, those unable to receive vaccines, the general population, our company, and the future seasons we plan to have, we have established the following protocols.
Masks are required when not seated. Masks are strongly encouraged when seated in the house, when not eating/drinking. MASKS MUST BE WORN IN THE TENT AT ALL TIMES.
We encourage social distancing to be observed and maintained.
All common spaces are cleaned regularly and thoroughly throughout our day. Please notify our staff or volunteers if you notice something requiring attention.
Capacity this summer is limited to 75%. Group seating is flexible.
All picnic areas will be out of doors; we will not have picnic tables in the tent.
This performance has no intermission. We encourage you to come and go from your seats as needed. We aim to minimize bathroom and concessions lines by keeping these areas open and available even when the performance is in session.
In the case of a rain performance moving into the tent, masks will be required for everyone on premises.
We encourage you to monitor your own symptoms and to not attend a performance if you feel under the weather.
These protocols may evolve in accordance with CDC, AEA, and WA State guidelines. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. We’re all working hard to ensure your safety. Please be patient with us and your fellow audience members as we navigate the new norm this summer.
Our performances are "Pay what you Will' to attend! We collect donations after performances at our “donation stations,” positioned near our theatre exists. We do not sell tickets. This means that seating is festival-style, and we do sometimes fill to capacity before the play begins.
We do not offer reserved seating to the general public, but members are invited to participate in our reservation program. See below for details about becoming a member!
At ISF, ACCESSIBILITY is a driving value for all we do. One way we fulfill this is through affordable programming. We believe quality theatrical experiences are a necessary way we commune together, and everyone should be able to participate. For those who are able, we encourage you to think about what you spend at other professional theatre productions and consider the quality of ISF as comparable. If you love what you see, pay what you will and keep our festival alive! Your donation makes it possible for all to enjoy our work.
Yes, we are able to accept credit card purchases at our concessions and merchandise tables, and we also can take credit card "pay what you will" donations!
We are located on beautiful Whidbey Island, just a 45-minute drive (and ferry ride) North of Seattle, Washington. Our address is 5476 Maxwelton Road, Langley, WA 98260. View a map HERE . Our venue is an outdoor amphitheater just behind our lobby, a large orange and white canvas circus tent, lovingly known as Henry the Tent, located toward the edge of the field next to South Whidbey Primary School.
Our lobby, Henry the Tent, opens one hour prior to curtain, and the house opens 30 minutes before the performance. Patrons are welcome to arrive when the lobby opens to picnic and enjoy the ambiance. We do recommend arriving at least 30 minutes before show-time, as we often fill to capacity.
This summer’s production of As You Like It has an estimated run time of 80 minutes and will be presented without an intermission.
There is a large paved parking lot in front of the field. Park there and walk our promenade to the tent. If you need assistance, please let the gate attendant know and a member of house staff will give you a ride down the field in our Bard’s Buggy!
Evening performances (Thursday-Sunday) begin promptly at 6:00 PM and Sunday Matinees begin at 2:00 PM.
We know delays happen and want you to enjoy the show! If you arrive after we begin, an usher will seat you when and where appropriate, if seats are available. Late seating can present a hazard to both patron and actor as the aisles are sometimes used not only for entrances and exits, but also as an extension of the stage. We ask for your patience and understanding.
We make every effort to accommodate the needs of our patrons. Please notify us by phone at 360-321-2939 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with any requests. This season we’re pleased to offer large print playbills (available to borrow at no cost at the merchandise counter). Our Bard’s Buggy is available for transport from the parking lot to the tent. If you’ve had a fantastically accessible experience at another theatre, we’d love to hear from you! We actively seek ways to further our inclusivity and accessibility.
Bring hats (especially for matinees), layers and blankets--as the summer days get shorter, it can get chilly when the sun starts to set. You’re also welcome to bring a seat cushion! You do not need to bring your own chair.
Children over five years of age are welcome and encouraged to attend all performances, when suitable. This may vary from production to production, depending on the content and action of the particular play. As You Like It is suitable for young children. Children of all ages are welcome to attend our matinees, all of which are family friendly!
You do not need to bring your own chair. We have chairs on risers, as well a picnic lawn area in front. We ask that you leave your own camp chairs at home.
Yes! You’re welcome to bring your own snacks, or a picnic to enjoy pre-show or in the house on the lawn. In addition, we have a variety of concessions.
No. We are required by state law to prohibit patrons from bringing their own alcoholic beverages for consumption before, during, or after our performances. This policy is strictly enforced. Wine and beer are available for purchase.
Only service animals are permitted. All other pets need to be left at home. Our parking lot is in direct sunlight, and leaving pets in cars puts them at great physical risk. If we see an animal alone in a car, the authorities will be notified.
Once performances begin, we enforce a no-photo or recording policy. Use of cameras and phones during the performance is a distraction for actors and audience and can be a potential hazard. We do encourage selfies before the performance and love to be tagged on Instagram, @shakespeareisle. You can view archival photos (by Michael Stadler) of our productions here. We have professional photos taken of every production by Michael Stadler of Stadler Studio.
We hire visiting artists from across the country! We hold general auditions in Seattle and on Whidbey and accept video submissions from elsewhere. We accept employment inquiries from theatre artists of all disciplines from all over.
We house our company with wonderful hosts in our community! If you have a spare room, mother-in-law cottage, or camper not in use, and would like more information on how you might host a Shakespearean artist for the summer, please contact us here -email@example.com. We also look for vehicles our artists can borrow for the summer. If you have a spare car you’d be willing to lend us, please contact us at the link above.
Our main-stage season runs during the summer; however, we produce various offerings in the winter and spring months. In 2020, we launched Shakespeare Playground, and plan to continue programming under this platform. Stay in touch on Facebook and Instagram for the latest updates!