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Oregon Shakespeare Festival

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Address: 15 South Pioneer St, Ashland, OR 97520
Phone Number: +1 800-219-8161
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You don't need to head to England to experience the genius of a...

You don't need to head to England to experience the genius of a Shakespearean play. Much closer to home is the Oregon Shakespeare Festival located in Ashland, Oregon. Every year at the end of October you can enjoy on average over ten of Shakespeare's plays performed in both classic and newly imagined style. Separate tickets are needed for each show which is held at one of the event campus's two indoor or one outdoor spaces.

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The best of Shakespeare

One can really understand the words and nuances of that fabulous playwright. The sets are often unusual, as is the setting, but the Bards meaning comes through.

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San Francisco, California
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Sone tie ago, I drove from San Francisco to Ashland to hear the OSF's rendition of my favorite play, "Hamlet." I've heard the play at many venues, the best of which were, surprisingly, local amateur community theater companies. Sadly, OSF's players succumbed to the temptation to mug to the audience and scream their lines, "split[ting] the ears of the groundlings"... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One can really understand the words and nuances of that fabulous playwright. The sets are often unusual, as is the setting, but the Bards meaning comes through.

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Ashland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) is a national institution. Aside from expert productions of the Bard's plays there are numerous other performances. The Globe Theater gives the ultimate outdoor experience.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is one of our favorite trips we make every year. I have been attending the Shakespeare Festival on and off for 20 years. I have come to appreciate the wonderful choice of plays more and more each year, the exceptionally talented actors, and all the work that goes into making these plays from the stage crews, costume designers, the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

OSF continually pushes the envelope in portraying important social and cultural issues with compassion and grace. Their Broadway-quality performances stimulate, educate and delightfully entertain. Their creative Shakespeare productions stay true to dialogue while delightfully contemporizing the setting. Their premier and modern plays by award winning playwrights are poignant and inspiring.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

My fiancee and I went to see ROE with my cohort. It was amazing! Living in Medford we knew we would be able to take advantage of the amazing theater in Ashland. We were skeptical as the show was about ROE V. Wade (abortion case) but had us laughing, smiling, crying and feeling so many emotions. All of the actors... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

We've been attending OSF off & on for the last 15 years & have been noticing a decline in Ashland. This year we arrived on 10/21/16 with tickets to 4 plays. In the play Timon, most of the acting was great, but the overly-sexualized visuals were unnecessary & offensive to some of the audience, as they left during intermission. Also,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

My wife and I saw Timon, our first Shakespeare play. Wow! We had a great time and were greatly entertained. 2 hours of wonderment.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

There are more than Shakespeare plays offered. However, if you choose the "Bard," do your homework (Cliff Notes, Wiki, etc.) beforehand unless you were an English lit major in college. Of the four we saw, Hamlet was the best, done in traditional style. Twelfth Night was very good due to the 1930s venue and musical interludes; it took some liberties... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is one of the best theater experiences. The acting company is so impressive to watch transform from one play to another. If you are in the area from spring to fall be sure to see a play

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