Fourth Annual Orcas Island Shakespeare Festival

You are invited to come enjoy our Shakespeare Festival on Orcas Island, featuring costumed performers, an Eastsound Parade, street theater, and a performance by The Seattle Shakespeare Company. Clear your schedule for April 7 – 11, 2015.

The Stage on the Green, located in the heart of the island, will be home to numerous festival activities all day Saturday, April 11, including stage performances and music of the period. That evening, a performance will be presented at the island’s version of “The Globe” – the 200-seat Orcas Center, the community’s performing arts facility.

If you have any questions, please email or call (360-376-2273) the Chamber of Commerce

Tuesday, April 7

Local Shakespeare Night with music and one-acts. 7 pm at Random Howse in Eastsound.

Wednesday, April 8

Dinner Theater with two plays: ‘Unexpected Shakespeare’ Improv by Seattle’s Unexpected Productions, and “Who Doth Inhabit the Primary Position,” directed by Tom Fiscus and performed by Peter Vinson and Kelly Toombs. 7 pm at Random Howse in Eastsound.

Thursday, April 9

Fundraising dinner with magic show by Matthew White. Cuisine by Chef Bill Patterson, and specials guests from the Seattle Shakespeare Company. 6 pm at Random Howse.

Friday, April 10

Free performance of ‘Macbeth’ by Seattle Shakespeare Company for Orcas Island students. 1 pm at Orcas Center.

Cast party and dance open to the public at 10 pm at Random Howse.

Saturday, April 11

Shakespeare parade at 12 noon in Eastsound Village (and all participants welcome!)

Medieval street fair with entertainment on the Village Green (North Beach Road in Eastsound.) 12 noon to 3 pm.

The Seattle Shakespeare Company performs “Macbeth” at the Orcas Center. Show time is 7:30 pm. Tickets available from Orcas Center, and

Our Sponsors

The Shakespeare Festival wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of businesses and individuals on Orcas Island.  Please check back often to find them listed here.

Orcas Island

Orcas Island, one of the San Juan Islands, is famous for its natural beauty, and is often referred to as the “Gem of the San Juans.”

“The Chamber of Commerce is working with our business community to take part in the fun,” said Michell Marshall, the Festival’s organizer. “Orcas Island will be transformed into a Salish Sea version of Stratford-upon-Avon. With an amazing variety of talented local artists, Orcas has earned the reputation as an ‘Island for the Arts,’ and this year’s Shakespeare Festival will only add to that reputation. And it doesn’t hurt we have our own William Shakespeare for the event,” Marshall said.

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