Welcome to the Idaho Shakespeare Festival Amphitheater & Reserve. As you enter our outdoor amphitheater and habitat reserve, you’ll be embarking upon a theatrical experience like no other! In addition to all the magic, drama and passion of professional theater, and a 770-seat, state-of-the-art facility that was built to feature the human voice, the Festival Amphitheater & Reserve is nestled in a unique habitat that is home to an astonishing variety of plant and animal species. The Festival operates under an agreement with the Idaho Foundation for Parks & Lands and the Idaho Department of Parks & Recreation. As you wend your way into the theater proper, you’ll enjoy native plants, the songs of water birds and glimpses of deer, heron, ducks, geese and an occasional fox.
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We encourage you to bring blankets and low-backed lawn chairs with seats no higher than 6 inches from the ground for both reserved and general admission lawn seating. And you may, of course, bring your own picnic and beverages or purchase food and beverage from Café Shakespeare By Lisa Peterson. Chairs are also available for rental at the souvenir stand for $2 (subject to availability.)
Dress for the weather, as the theater is outdoors and evenings along the river may start off warm but can quickly cool down as the sun sets. Or purchase a blanket or sweatshirt from the ISF Souvenir stand.
Please refrain from bringing cameras and recording equipment of any kind to the theater, as they are not allowed under our agreement with the professional actors’ union (AEA).
Children under the age of six are not permitted in the theater during performances (except on designated Family Nights).
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Idaho Shakespeare Festival is dedicated to making the magic of live theater accessible. As part of our summer Access Program one performance of each play is interpreted into American Sign Language. Please contact the box office at 208-336-9221 for tickets.
2013 Sign Interpreted performance schedule:
- Blithe Spirit – Wednesday, June 26th, Interpreters: Sue Maynard and Mike Smith
- Much Ado About Nothing – Wednesday, July 17th, Interpreters: Heather Gibbens and Holly Thomas-Mowery
- Sweeney Todd – Wednesday, July 31st, Interpreters: Karen Nelson and LaVona Andrew
- King Richard III – Tuesday, August 20th, Interpreters: Danielle Hough and Holly Thomas-Mowery
- The Foreigner – Wednesday, September 11th, Interpreters: Julie Melton and Holly Higby