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.
After each performance, we gather donations (cash/card/check) at “donation stations” located at the exits. We are proud to offer professional theater to our audiences regardless of financial situation. Your generosity allows us to provide jobs to theater artists from across the country and here on Whidbey. If you love what you see, pay what you will and keep our festival alive! 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. We believe this quality of theatrical experience is a necessary way we commune together, and everyone should be able to participate. 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!
Our lobby, Henry the Tent, opens one hour prior to curtain, and the house opens 30 minutes before the performance. Special guests and members are invited to be seated first, and the general public is invited in once those patrons have selected their seats. Patrons are welcome to arrive when the lobby opens to picnic and enjoy the ambiance.
These estimations will be updated in July, 2021.
Love’s Labor’s Lost: Approximately 2 hours 15 minutes including intermission
Cyrano de Bergerac: Approximately 2 hours 35 minutes including intermission
Titus Andronicus: Approximately 2 hours 15 minutes including intermission
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.
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 (Wednesday-Sunday) begin promptly at 6:00 PM and Sunday Matinees (August Only) begin at 1:00.
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. If you arrive late, you may be seated in the back of the house by an usher, at an appropriate interval, if seats are available.
We make every effort to accommodate the special needs of our patrons. Please notify us by phone, at 360-321-2939 or by emailing us firstname.lastname@example.org. This season we offer large print playbills (available to borrow at no cost at the merchandise counter). If you’ve had a fantastically accessible experience at another theatre, we’d love to hear from you! We are actively seeking ways to further our inclusivity and accessibility.
Children over five years of age are welcome and encouraged to attend. This may vary from production to production, depending on the content and action of the particular play. Out of respect to the actors and to fellow patrons, infants and toddlers are not allowed. Children of all ages are welcome to attend our matinees, all of which are family friendly!
Island Shakespeare Festival is excited to continue our partnership with the South Whidbey Commons this summer, brining you a delightful concessions menu and furthering the work of the commons! The mission of the South Whidbey Commons is to provide an intentional third place for the community to gather. The space, programs, volunteer- and job training opportunities are designed to build community and create connections. It’s a place to meet friends and make new ones. You are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy before the show. You’re also welcome to bring food and beverages to your seats, though our risers don’t allow space to spread out a picnic.
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 in our lobby.
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.
No. Productions are the intellectual property of Island Shakespeare Festival. It is strictly prohibited to take photos or recording of any part of any production without express, written permission from Island Shakespeare Festival. Use of cameras and phones during the performance is a distraction for actors and audience and can be a potential hazard. We have professional photos taken of every production by Michael Stadler of Stadler Studio. To request access to these photos, please email email@example.com. If you are with the press, please request a press badge, by emailing the above address.
Bring some cash, a credit-card, or your checkbook, for “pass the hat!” 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.
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!
If you arrive before the rest of your party, you are welcome to hold a seat up until five minutes before the performance. All saved seats, including member seats, are released at that time
As we grow, we are auditioning more and more actors from all corners of the country, and beyond. We hold general auditions in Seattle, and accept video submissions from elsewhere.
We house actors 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 actor for the summer, please contact us HERE. We also look for vehicles our actors 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 months, however we produce various offerings in the winter and spring months. Stay in touch on Facebook and Instagram for the latest updates!