Answers to your questions...
The ticket booth for the Illinois Shakespeare Festival opens one hour before performance and closes 15 minutes after the start of the performance. Festival staff will have tables, lawn chairs, and concessions available starting at 6 p.m. Shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Sunday - Thursday; 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. The venue is also open for Theatre for Young People performances every Wednesday and Saturday during the summer season. The Festival is closed on Mondays.
Ewing Cultural Center – parking is FREE directly across Emerson Street at St. John's Lutheran Church (set your GPS for: 1617 E. Emerson, Bloomington, Illinois).
Persons with disabilities have access to handicapped parking at St John's Lutheran Church. If they wish, they may use the drop off point at the corner of Towanda and Emerson located at the main entrance of the Ewing Cultural Center. Please call the ticket office in advance so a staff member can assist you.
Due to the unpredictability of Central Illinois weather, we will not make an early cancellation decision prior to 5 p.m. on the day of a performance. At 5 p.m., we will post on our website whether we will be canceling the show or moving forward with the performance as planned.
In the case of rain during the performance, every effort will be made to complete the show, even playing through light showers. Should any performance be rained out before the first intermission, patrons have two business days to exchange their ticket(s) for another performance. If a performance is stopped after the first intermission, the evening will be considered complete and NO ticket exchanges will be made.
Our performances will not exceed two and a half hours on the stage (we promise!) This does not include intermission.
Family members of all ages are welcome! We find that most children ages eight and older are attentive throughout our performances.
Check out our Artists page to learn more about the amazing professional talent we bring to Bloomington-Normal each summer. As part of our educational mission through Illinois State University , we also have an intern company, who works alongside our professional artists and form the cast of our free TYA production.
The schedule follows: Amtrak Schedule
We have the best picnic spots in town! You are welcome to bring your own food and drink to the Festival, but we also feature on-site food vendors and concessions. See our Plan Your Visit section for more information.