Each OSF theatre venue promises a unique and exciting experience.
The OSF campus features three theatre spaces: the two indoor spaces, the Angus Bowmer Theatre (seats 601), the Thomas Theatre (formerly the New Theatre; seats 270-360), and the outdoor Elizabethan Stage/Allen Pavilion. All of the theatres are in close proximity and easy walking distance.
To view or download a campus map, click here. For a history of our theatres visit our history section.
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. The theatre seats 600, and quite seriously, there is no bad seat in the house.
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THE 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 has been renamed The Thomas Theatre in recognition of longtime OSF Development Director Peter D. Thomas, who died in March 2010. The New 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. Depending on the flexible seating configuration (thrust, arena, avenue) in use, the theatre seats from 270-360 audience members.
King Lear is in arena configuration.
Click to view or download the arena seating chart PDF.
The Unfortunates, and Liquid Plain will be in a thrust configuration.
Click to view or download the thrust seating chart PDF.
ELIZABETHAN STAGE/ALLEN PAVILION
One of America's oldest Elizabethan theatres, OSF’s flagship stage is named for a queen and the glorious age in which Shakespeare wrote. Experience the sweep and majesty of those unforgettable stories of love, tragedy and spiritual transformation beneath a canopy of stars, in the comfort of the Allen Pavilion. This theatre, with orchestra and balcony seating, accommodates 1,190 patrons.
Click to view or download the Orchestra level seating chart PDF.
Click to view or download the Balcony seating chart PDF.