The Illinois Shakespeare Festival is a Summer Night’s Dream

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Illinois Shakespeare Festival

This summer, let the laughs roar and the tears stream at the 36th annual Illinois Shakespeare Festival in Bloomington.

Since 1978, talented theatre professionals and interns have gathered here for a celebration of performing arts. The festival is the daughter of the College of Fine Arts and the Illinois State University School of Theatre. This partnership educates and entertains to help sustain the spirit of Shakespeare.

An open-air theater, which seats more than 400, preserves the festival’s Elizabethan tradition and hosts 36 performances each season.

The festival attracts talent from all over the country, and its contributions to the art of theater have been recognized as far away as England.

Educational opportunities like summer camps for young thespians are available as well.

This year’s festival runs July 5 – Aug. 13, 2016. Visit for a schedule of shows.

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