Do you have tickets for tonight's performance? Extend your evening with pre-show entertainment and a tour of our venue!
It is a Festival tradition to have jazz and other music genres performed live in the courtyard of Ewing Manor.
Glenn Wilson (pictured above) and Friends has been a featured jazz group for many years.
Every evening before our mainstage performance, the Festival offers free pre-show entertainment. Originating on the lawn - hence the name - our Green Shows have ranged from mini performances of Shakespeare's works to strolling singers and folk groups.
Have you ever wondered what is behind the ISF scenery? Want to discover interesting bits of Festival history and how we put a season together? Join us on a tour of the extraordinary Ewing Theatre where you will explore backstage rooms and learn how we craft the magical worlds on stage.
The tour begins by the Ewing Courtyard Box Office each night at 6 p.m. and lasts approximately 30 minutes.
The cost is only $10 per person. Tour capacity is only 25 persons and fills up fast so we recommend booking in advance. Contact the Box Office at (309) 438-2535.
Explore the historic building often called “The Castle” by locals. Davis and Hazle Buck Ewing built Ewing Manor in 1928-29. They lived in influential circles. Davis was a cousin of Adlai Ewing Stevenson, an Illinois governor and Presidential candidate. Hazle was an heir to the Wrigley Chewing Gum family. The manor’s Channel-Norman architectural style and surrounding gardens, (created by the same landscape architect who also designed Springfield's Lincoln Memorial Gardens), make it one of the most beautiful historic homes in the state. And that holds true for the inside as well, with much of the home's original furnishings intact. Hazle bequeathed Ewing Manor and the surrounding grounds to the ISU Foundation which soon became a popular spot for student actors to perform scenes from Shakespeare plays, thus inspiring the Illinois Shakespeare Festival.
For information about booking a tour click here.