Since 1972, the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival has been performing the Bard's greatest hits on the shores of Lake Tahoe, specifically a Sand Harbor State Park, a site which provides the perfect backdrop for the timeless classics. In 1976, the first year a play was performed at Sand Harbor, more than 500 people attended each of the 12 performances. In 2015, that number has obviously grown and the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival is a great way to cap off a perfect Tahoe day.
If you're planning to attend, there are a few things you should know before you go.
- Plan to arrive early. Parking is limited at Sand Harbor and the lot fills up fast between beach-goers heading out and Shakespeare fans arriving. It's worth getting there early to watch the sun set against the backdrop of Tahoe.
- Bring your own dinner or take advantage of Shakespeare's Kitchen, the Festival's famous on-site restaurant, serving your favorite culinary delights. You'll also want to check out BardWare, where you can purchase t-shirts, sweatshirts, and other memorabilia from Shakespeare's plays. Please note that no glass bottles are allowed at the theater.
- There's plenty of chairs, set up stadium style, on the beach, but Shakespeare's Kitchen also provides cafe tables and premium service for those who want to enhance their Shakespeare experience. If you're planning to have table service, please arrive by 6:30 p.m., as there's no service during the performance.
- Bring a sweatshirt or a blanket as it can get chilly once the sun goes down. If it is lightly raining, the show will go on. In the event of a bigger storm, the show will be cancelled and patrons will be offered rain checks for a future show (there are no refunds due to weather).
- The house manager asks that patrons limit their movement around the theater during the performance. There is no smoking allowed. No photos or video are allowed of the performance. It's helpful to bring a flashlight along as the trail to the parking lot, although safe, is dark, particularly after the performance ends.
- Enjoy the show.
The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival is proud to be showcasing Romeo and Juliet and The Fantasticks this year, in their first ever two show series. Click here for a calendar of performances and ticket availability.