Island Shakespeare Festival 2017

Now through September 3rd

Jason Sanford as Hamletr — one of the 2017 productions.
Image: Michael Stadler


  • Hamlet – Shakespeare explores corruption, revenge, and morality as the Prince of Denmark wrestles with the death of his father, his uncle’s assent to the throne and subsequent marriage to his mother.
  • The Comedy of Errors – Mistaken identity, slapstick humor and puns mark one of Shakespeare’s earliest comedies.
  • The Seagull – As has become the custom for the festival, one non-Shakespeare production is presented each season.  2017 features Anton Chekov’s play about upper-class Russians at the end of the 1800’s and their pursuit of love and happiness.

The Island Shakespeare Festival is a three-month-long celebration of the works of William Shakespeare and the acting craft.

Throughout the summer, Whidbey Island’s first repertory theatre presents works by Shakespeare and from other playwrights as well.  One evening you may go to see a play by Shakespeare, the next, a play by another great writer.

“A Comedy of Errors.” – One of the 2017 productions
Image: Michael Stadler

The Island Shakespeare Festival is a three-month-long celebration of the The cast features professional actors who come to Whidbey Island from as near as Seattle and as far as New York.

Now in its seventh season, the festival moves to a brand-new open-air amphitheater that promises the audience a new experience while still nodding to its origin as “Shakespeare in the Woods.”

The festival has grown tremendously in the past few years, and now is a must-see during any summertime Whidbey Island visit.

Chekov’s “The Seagull — the non-Shakespeare production for 2017.
Image: Michael Stadler


5:00 p.m. – Lobby Opens
5:30 p.m. – House Opens
6:00 p.m. – Show Begins

Admission and Seating

As it has been since season one, The Island Shakespeare Festival is open seating and pay what you will.
So, please arrive early and at the end of the show, please be generous as the hat is passed for donations.

Visit the Official Website


5476 Maxwelton Road, Langley