Bring on the Bard

January 1, 2018 (Updated January 2, 2019)

With scandalous tales of love, betrayal, romance, tragedy and wicked social commentary, William Shakespeare’s plays are just as relevant as when they were written almost 500 years ago. Other literary classics, too, shine on stage as performed by the world-class Oregon Shakespeare Festival theater company, an Oregon tradition since 1935.

Running March through November each year in Ashland, each season brings 11 plays, shown on three stages. With a focus on equity, diversity and inclusion, the nonprofit-led company also creates the space to become fully engaged in the festival through classes, talks and immersive discussions at their Festival Noons or Living Ideas events. Fans can also take advantage of backstage tours to learn more about the history of the festival and the intricacies of operating a repertory theatre. The festival also includes sign-interpreted weekends, with ASL interpreters provided for special performances.

This year is acclaimed OSF Artistic Director Bill Rauch‘s final season at the helm, with an exciting lineup of classics and new plays, including Shakespeare’s “As You Like It,” “Hairspray,” “Macbeth,” “Alice in Wonderland,” Shakespeare’s “All’s Well That Ends Well” and a bilingual translation of Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors.”


Ready to bring on the bard? Here are some of the shows in the 2019 season lineup:

As You Like It
March 1 – October 27

March 2 – October 27

Cambodian Rock Band
March 6 – October 27

Mother Road
March 3 – October 26
World premiere

Between Two Knees
April 3 – October 27

May 28 – October 11

Alice in Wonderland
May 29 – October 12

All’s Well That Ends Well
May 30 – October 13

July 4 – October 26

How to Catch Creation
July 23 – October 26

La Comedia of Errors
Dates TBA


About The

Jen Anderson
Jen Anderson writes and edits Travel Oregon's e-newsletters, annual Visitor Guide and other editorial content. She loves finding the latest places to eat, drink and play around the state with her husband and two young boys. Brewpubs, beaches and bike trails top the list.

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Ashland is our hometown, and we love it! I’m sure you’ll enjoy a visit. Without knowing your interests, I can tell you that we believe the Oregon Shakespeare Festival to be a must-do; this season of high quality plays and performances run nearly year-round and peak in the spring through summer. I recommend seeing at…