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Idaho Shakespeare Festival

June 5 – October 3


The Idaho Shakespeare Festival remains one of the most anticipated experiences of the summer months. Located just east of downtown Boise in their accommodating outdoor theater, ISF has become a tradition to the citizens of Idaho. The idyllic setting on the banks of the Boise River allow for all manner of non-scripted moments that add to the theatrical experience: a hawk circling the audience, the splashing of a river otter in the adjoining ponds, the moon rising over the Foothills. The bring-your-own-picnic and libations lend an atmosphere of camaraderie to the audience and everyone partakes.

This year's season has a variety of offerings, beginning with the bard's witty Comedy of Errors, followed by Chekov's classic drama The Seagull. To satisfy the cravings of Broadway fans, the musical offering will be the Tony Award-winning The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Shakespeare's Twelfth Night looks at love, and the Green Show guys Tom Willmorth and Joe Golden finish out the season with their popular characters from Tuna, Texas, in A Tuna Christmas.

From Boise, head out Warm Springs Avenue for a cultural picnic under the stars with the new and returning stars of the ISF repertory theater. Check for show dates and times.