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Ashland, Oregon: America's First Elizabethan Theatre

A sign outside asserts that this was the first. If you want to experience a Shakespeare play like theater-goers did in the 16th century, this is the place to do it.

15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland, OR
I-5 exit 19. Turn west onto Valley View Rd. Drive a half-mile. Turn left onto Hwy 99. Drive a little over two miles into town. Turn right at the stoplight onto S. Pioneer St. Drive one block; you'll see the theatre on the right.
Free to look at; show prices vary.
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America's First Elizabethan Theatre

The park behind the theater is very peaceful. Don't feed the ducks.

[Pjamz5, 11/10/2018]

Though thou canst swim like a duck, thou art made like a goose.

Sign for theater.

America's First Elizabethan Theatre

The Elizabethan Theatre in Ashland is the first in the U.S. Modeled on the Globe Theatre in London, the Elizabethan was first built in 1935. See the complex, take the backstage tour, enjoy the Green Show on the bricks before the performances. The Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland has more than a dozen plays running in three different theaters (including this one) from February through November.

[Maureen Flanagan, 10/28/2013]

This is the third Elizabethan Theatre built on the same spot. It opened in 1959, and is patterned on London's 1599 Fortune Theatre.

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In the region:
Bozo the Clown's Childhood Home, Jacksonville, OR - 15 mi.

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