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We are not requiring proof of vaccination or masks, but we highly encourage masks when not eating or drinking.

We believe everyone should have access to explore classic stories. By doing so, we reflect on our collective past, and help create a more equitable, empathetic, and inclusive future. We are proud to offer professional theater to our audiences regardless of financial situation.

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!

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..

Reservations are available here. To arrange reservations for a group of 10 or more, email us at reservations@islandshakespearefest.org!

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!

Romeo & Juliet: 2 hours, 15 minutes, including a 15-minute intermission
A Bold Stroke for a Husband: 2 hours, 20 minutes, including a 15-minute intermission

You can view the performance schedule HERE.

Evening performances (Thursday-Sunday) begin promptly at 6:00 PM and Sunday Matinees begin at 1:00 PM. Matinees are August 7, 14, 21, 28, and September 4.

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 info@islandshakespearefest.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 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. Please see our content disclosures available on each production page to make an informed decision about suitability for your child.

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.

For more information about audition and employment opportunities, click HERE.

For volunteer opportunities, please click HERE.

You can make a tax-deductible contribution to ISF in several ways. To donate online, click HERE. If you’d prefer, you can mail a check to Island Shakespeare Festival, PO Box 1262 Langley, WA, 98260. For other donation inquiries, contact fund development at development@islandshakespearefest.org.

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. In 2023, we launched the Whidbey Reperoty Festival, in partnership with Whidbey Island Center for the Arts. We plan to build on the foundation laid with this inaugural event with more collaborative year round programming in the future. Stay in touch on Facebook and Instagram for the latest updates!

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. We also look for vehicles our artists can borrow for the summer. If you have a spare car that you’d be willing to lend us, please contact us at the link above.