The Idaho Shakespeare Festival runs from late May through late September in the 770-seat state-of-the-art Festival Amphitheater & Reserve in Boise, Idaho. Each season the festival stages five plays, including those by William Shakespeare and by other contemporary and classical playwrights. The theatre shares repertory cast with the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival in Nevada and the Great Lakes Theater Festival in Cleveland, Ohio. More than 100,000 attendees attend the festival every season.
The Idaho Shakespeare Festival Amphitheater and Habitat Reserve are surrounded by a natural reserve that is home to many water birds, herons, fox and deer. Visitors can enjoy picnics and delicious food from Café Shakespeare on the Boise River in the William Shakespeare Park. The free outdoor "Green Show" presents a mini-concert series on selected nights Wednesday through Saturday in the summer months preceding the mainstage performance, featuring various bands and performing artists.
The Idaho Shakespeare Festival was founded in 1977, it employs about 200 artists, technicians, and other staff. Over the years, the repertoire of the festival has featured Twelfth Night and The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare, The Seagull by Anton Chekhov, The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens. Ticket prices range from about $30 to $60 on the lawn on weekdays, $480 in the 6-seat boxes and $320 in the 4-seat boxes. Organizers also offer ticket packages for those willing to attend a few performances. For more details and tickets, please visit the official website.