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Illinois Shakespeare festival 2018

Set in the beautiful grounds of Ewing Manor, the Illinois Shakespeare festival never fails to... read more

Reviewed August 6, 2018
Chicago, Illinois
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Spur-of-the-Moment Road Trip

One of the best last minute decisions we've ever made. Great venues, particularly the Ewing... read more

Reviewed July 31, 2018
Dallas, Texas
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Ewing Manor, Corner of Emerson St. and Towanda Avenue 48 Sunset Rd., Bloomington-Normal, IL
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Reviewed August 6, 2018 via mobile

Set in the beautiful grounds of Ewing Manor, the Illinois Shakespeare festival never fails to provide top notch theatre. This season's offerings were The Merry Wives of Windsor, Henry V, and Shakespeare in Love. The modern interpretation of Merry Wives was our favorite. It was...More

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Reviewed July 31, 2018

One of the best last minute decisions we've ever made. Great venues, particularly the Ewing estate/outdoor theatre; high production values; stellar performances from actors (equity and non) drawn from nationwide casting. Helpful, friendly staff (mostly students, many from nearby ISU or interns from across the...More

Thank Kalligrafin
Reviewed June 18, 2018 via mobile

This is such a beautiful venue. It’s like you’ve been transported back in time. Enjoy the gardens and mansion or take in the show at Shakespeare Fest and you won’t be disappointed. It can be HOT during the summer months so plan accordingly.

Thank Wendi W
Reviewed September 6, 2017

I have had season tickets for the Illinois Shakespeare Festival for many years. The whole experience is amazing, from the green show, to the picnic in the courtyard (with jazz music), to the wonderful selection of Shakespeare and related plays. The actors are first rate!

Thank Terri R
Reviewed July 17, 2017 via mobile

We feel very fortunate to have the Shakespeare Festival in Bloomington. The grounds at Ewing Manor are lovely and worth coming early to walk through to enjoy the gardens. The plays themselves are wonderful - acting, costumes, etc. The open air theater makes the experience...More

Thank LissaJ41
Reviewed July 10, 2017 via mobile

Wonderful production at the marvelous historic Ewing Center amphitheater. The actors were excellent; the costumes and set design were clever. The production overall was very engaging and enjoyable. Plus the weather cooperated and made it a perfect evening outdoors!

Thank CeePeeDENVER
Reviewed May 26, 2017

Offers multiple plays for the summertime theater going experience. High quality performances in a lovely outdoor environment.

Thank Deborah G
Reviewed January 3, 2017

Fabulous productions in a gorgeous outdoor theatre setting. Very professional theater company style season where most of the actors had roles in all three plays, some having substantial roles in two of them. We saw all three 2016 plays (Twelfth Night, Hamlet, Peter and the...More

Thank rainofhearts
Reviewed September 3, 2016

The Illinois Shakespeare Festival is on the sight of Ewing Manor, a beautiful manor house in Bloomington, IL. Parking is FREE across the street at the church. You don't even have to arrive that early to get a decent spot. I recommend coming early with...More

Thank Joy H
Reviewed August 8, 2016 via mobile

We caught 3 plays in the 2015 season and can't wait to go back this week. The performances are wonderful and the grounds and facilities are beautiful! Everything about the festival is professional and a fantastic way to spend an beautiful summer evening in the...More

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December 29, 2016|
Response from MamaE3 | Reviewed this property |
The festival generally runs from late June to mid August.