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  • Angus Bowmer Theatre

    Angus Bowmer Theatre

    From its inception, the Angus Bowmer Theatre has welcomed our patrons with the graciousness of the man for whom it was named, OSF’s founder Angus L. Bowmer. The immediacy between company and audience members in this space allows for theatrical voyages of human discovery, guided by some of the world’s greatest classical and contemporary playwrights. Seats 600.












  • Thomas Theatre

    Thomas Theatre

    The Thomas Theatre opened in 2002 and it carries on the pioneering spirit of its predecessor, the Black Swan. Here, on this intimate and extremely versatile stage, we present new works and explore familiar plays in ways designed to challenge, excite and illuminate. Up to three different seating configurations. Seats 270 – 360.





  • Allen Elizabethan Theatre

  • Thomas Theatre

    Begins at Thomas Theatre

    As a result of the generous donation of $4.5 million from a group of donors comprised of The Goatie Foundation, Roberta and David Elliott, and Helen and Peter Bing, in 2013 the New Theatre was renamed the Thomas Theatre, in recognition of longtime OSF Development Director Peter D. Thomas, who died in March 2010.

    The Thomas Theatre opened in 2002 and it carries on the pioneering spirit of its predecessor, the Black Swan. Here, on this intimate and extremely versatile stage, we present new works and explore familiar plays in ways designed to challenge, excite and illuminate. Up to three different seating configurations. Seats 270 – 360.




  • Carpenter Hall


  • Carpenter Hall

    Carpenter Hall

    Located on Pioneer Street and built in 1923, this building was the First Church of Christ, Scientist. When it closed its doors, OSF purchased the building in 1973 and named it in honor of the Carpenter family, a prominent family in the valley that was extremely supportive of the festival. Carpenter Hall is now used for a variety of OSF functions and events, including Festival Noon lectures, panels and discussions.






  • Lithia Park (Bill Patton Garden)

    Lithia Park

    Named for William Patton, OSF’s first executive director, the Bill Patton Garden is located in Lithia Park adjacent to the Elizabethan Stage/Allen Pavilion. The Festival Noon Park Talks are held here at noon during the summer months. The Tudor Guild Gift Shop also uses this space for its brass rubbings

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All Plays:

For 12 years, the exiled Duke Prospero has waited for this moment: Revenge on old enemies. Now it's time to settle old scores aided by supernatural powers. Read More

The Tempest

Angus Bowmer Theatre

The service stinks but the gags are four-star in this Marx Brothers romp. Groucho owns a bum hotel in Florida, peddling dubious reals estate, and trouble rolls in with the tide when the other Marxes arrive. Read More

The Cocoanuts

Angus Bowmer Theatre

It's 1964, and Sidney Brustein is in his element: a Jewish intellectual in the heart of Greenwich Village...but nothing has brought him happiness, but then a series of events force him to decide what's worth fighting for. Read More

The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window

Angus Bowmer Theatre

Antipholus and his servant, Dromio, go looking for family they lost years ago. They journey to the big city, and suddenly there are two identical Antipholi and two identical Dromios, which has everybody in town seeing double. Read More

The Comedy of Errors

Thomas Theatre

A janitor. A software mogul. A college grad. An IRS paper-pusher. Although they live thousands of miles apart, these four people share a secret: They’re recovering addicts who’ve found a safe haven in an online chat room. Read More

Water by the Spoonful

Thomas Theatre

When math whiz Meg Murry and her strangely gifted little brother set off to find their missing father, they're catapulted across time and space into a world that demands all the powers they can conjure. Read More

A Wrinkle in Time

Angus Bowmer Theatre

The king you love to hate returns. Richard III is the cunning royal reprobate so deformed in body and spirit that even his mother rues the day he was born. His path to England’s throne is murderous. Read More

Richard III

Allen Elizabethan Theatre

How far would you go to make your wish come true? Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (of beanstalk fame), and a baker and his wife find out when they take a journey into the woods. Read More

Into the Woods

Allen Elizabethan Theatre

Young Proteus only has eyes for his hometown sweetheart, Julia. But on a trip to Milan, he gets one look at the lovely Silvia...and dumps Julia. Two problems: Silvia is his best friend's girl, and Julia won't be dumped that easily. Read More

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Allen Elizabethan Theatre

This rollicking musical by Stew and Heidi Rodewald, the team behind the Tony Award–winning "Passing Strange," takes wicked aim at the tradeoffs facing anyone trying reconcile the dreams of youth with the realities of grown-up life. Read More

Family Album

Thomas Theatre

Robert Schenkkan's drama about LBJ's presidency continues in this play that captures the years from 1965 to 1968, as LBJ struggles to fight a "war on poverty" even as his war in Vietnam spins out of control. Read More

The Great Society

Angus Bowmer Theatre

Discover the show behind the shows on a walking tour with a company member. Begin with a brief talk about the history of OSF and the intricacies of operating a theatre in repertory. Read More

Backstage Tour

Begins at Thomas Theatre

Join us for a play reading on April 3 in the Thomas Theatre. Read More

Play Reading

Thomas Theatre

Join us at the noon hour on Saturdays to learn more about the plays and enhance your play-going experience. Read More

Spring Festival Noons

Carpenter Hall

Enjoy a noon hour with actors, artisans and other OSF company members. Read More

Festival Noons

Carpenter Hall

The Green Show features local, national, and international talent. Free for the public. Collaborations, Community and a Commitment to excellence and access! Read More

Green Show

Spend 30 minutes in a Preface with our fun, smart Resident Teaching Artists and enrich your experience of this classic American musical. Read More

Preface - Into the Woods

Carpenter Hall

Spend 30 fun-filled minutes with our smart Resident Teaching Artists in a Preface and enrich your play experience. Read More

Preface - Richard III

Carpenter Hall

Spend 30 minutes with our smart, fun Resident Teaching Artists in a Preface and deeply enrich your experience of Shakespeare's delightful play. Read More

Preface - The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Carpenter Hall

For decades, the OSF company and audience have come together in August for The Daedalus Project to raise money to end the spread of HIV/AIDS. Read More

Daedalus Project

Allen Elizabethan Theatre

As part of the Daedalus Project fundraising events, a play reading is held in the afternoon. Read More

Daedalus Play Reading

Angus Bowmer Theatre

The Feast of Will has been a tradition at OSF since 1956. Always held in Lithia Park, it celebrates the beginning of summer and the opening of the Allen Elizabethan Theatre. Read More

Feast of Will

Lithia Park

The Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra (PACO) is an award-winning youth orchestra for regional string musicians of high-school age and younger. Read More

Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra

Allen Elizabethan Theatre

A class for teachers planning to bring students to see The Tempest and/or The Comedy of Errors. Learn strategies to teach one of Shakespeare’s great romances and early comedies. Read More

Inside Shakespeare

Enliven Shakespeare for your students! This class for English and theatre teachers presents a theatre-based-approach to help make Shakespeare exciting and accessible for students. Read More

Shakespeare in the Classroom

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Immerse yourself: try this in-depth study of the four Shakespeare plays this season. Read More

Shakespeare Comprehensive

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Unfolding: Richard III is a weekend class focusing on Shakespeare's study of envy and ambition, featuring one of his most compelling villains. Read More

Unfolding: Richard III

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Unfolding: The Great Society is a weekend class exploring Pulitzer Prize-winner Robert Schenkkan's portrait of the turbulent presidency of Lyndon Baines Johnson in the follow-up to 2012's "All the Way". Read More

Unfolding: The Great Society

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An introduction to and exploration of selected plays in the 2014 season. Six days, seven plays! Read More

Wake Up With Shakespeare

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