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Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival

Enjoy Shakespeare Plays and More at Lake Tahoe's Sand Harbor

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Enjoying the play at the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Sand Harbor, Nevada

Enjoying the play at the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival.

Photo © Stan White
Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival at Sand Harbor, Nevada

Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival at Sand Harbor.

Photo courtesy Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival

This is the 42nd season of the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, held at Sand Harbor on the eastern shore of Lake Tahoe. The 2014 Festival runs from July 11 through August 24. What began in 1972 at Sugar Pine Point State Park over on the west shore of Lake Tahoe has grown into a major production of professional theater performances and provides a unique venue for summer entertainment in the Reno / Tahoe region. There are performances every night of the week during the Festival season.

Sand Harbor has been called "The Most Scenic Venue in the World," which isn't surprising considering it's on the shores of one of the world's most beautiful lakes. The backdrop for the stage at Sand Harbor is Lake Tahoe. Audience seating is in a sandy bowl facing the performance and the scenic splendor of the Lake Tahoe Basin.

Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival Main Season Performance

On the playbill for 2014 is As You Like It, one of Shakespeare's romantic comedies and suitable for all ages. Rosalind's exile after being wrongfully banished becomes an adventure as she encounters some characters like colorful fools, witty rustics, and the handsome, lovesick Orlando. A courtship ensues, plus other twists and turns among the various players. Also woven in by Shakespeare are looks at gender roles, mortality and redemption.

Monday Night Showcase at the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival

Monday Night Showcase performances will highlight the season at Sand Harbor. Performances are on Monday evenings when Shakespeare is not playing. Check out the schedule for details and ticket information and you'll see there is something for every taste...

  • July 14, 7:30 p.m. - Reno Philharmonic Orchestra: Broadway on the Beach
  • July 21, 7:30 p.m. - Chautauqua: Thomas Edison and Henry Ford
  • July 28, 7:30 p.m. - Sierra Nevada Ballet: Swan Lake at the Lake
  • August 4, 7:30 p.m. - Reno Jazz Orchestra: Bring Me the Funk of James Brown
  • August 11, 7:30 p.m. - Tahoe Players: Sweeney Todd
  • August 18, 7:30 p.m. - Booker T. Jones
  • September 6, 7:30 p.m. - Trails & Vistas World Concert

Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival Tickets

Tickets for all play and music performances are available online from the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival. If you are bringing a crowd (10 or more), discounts are available for group seating. Tickets can also be purchased by phone at (800) 747-4697. There are no service fees on tickets - what you see is what you pay. However, there are no refunds, either. There is a $5 service fee for exchanges. There is no mailing of tickets. You must either print them from the website or pick them up at will-call at Sand Harbor. For all the details on tickets, go to 2014 Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival ticket levels and prices.

Wine and Dine at the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival

While attending a play, visitors can enjoy gourmet food and drink services provided by Shakespeare's Kitchen. You can also bring your own picnic dinner and bottle of wine and dine while enjoying the performance. For those who enjoy the fruit of the vine, the StageSide Tap and Tasting Room offers wine tasting adventures that include a commemorative glass. You can buy a bottle to enjoy later with your dinner.

Features and Ways Things Are Done at the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival

  • No ticket fees no matter how you buy - online, by phone, at the box office.
  • Lower gallery seats are assigned. You no longer need to wait in line to get a good spot.
  • Upper and side gallery include beach chairs. No need hassle with bringing your own. You can also spread out a picnic on the sand if you like. These sections are first come.
  • Click for seating area details.
  • The main gate and concession area open at 5:30 p.m. Performances start at 7:30 p.m.
  • Pets are not allowed at Sand Harbor park and may not be left in cars.
  • For more information, refer to the Festival FAQ.

Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival for Children

Several educational children's programs are sponsored by the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, including the D.G. Menchetti Young Shakespeare Program, InterACT In-School Theatre Workshops, and A Midsummer's Camp.

There will be several free performances of As You Like It at Sand Harbor and also around the Reno/Tahoe area offered through the D.G. Menchetti Young Shakespeare Program. Places and times are on the online schedule. There will be one Reno performance on August 4, at 7:30 p.m. at the Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater in Bartley Ranch Regional Park. Even though these performances are free, you must reserve tickets because of limited seating at the various venues. Call (775) 832-1616 if you are requesting tickets for a group of 10 or more.

Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival Membership

The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival is a non-profit organization "established for the cultural benefit and enjoyment of all residents and visitors to our region. We strive to plan, produce and advocate the finest cultural events at Lake Tahoe while educating future generations on the importance of including theatre, music and art in their everyday lives." Everyone is invited to become a member and support the work of this cultural organization.

Getting to the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival

The Sand Harbor venue for the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival is in Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park. To get there from Reno, take the Mt. Rose Highway (Nevada 431) to Incline Village, turn left on Nevada 28 and drive six miles to the park entrance. The Festival website has detailed directions on getting to Sand Harbor from various locations. Carpooling is recommended as parking is limited. Parking at Sand Harbor is free after 5 p.m. Earlier, it is $10 for Nevada residents, $12 for everyone else.

Shakespeare Shuttle

Shuttle service will not be available for the 2014 season. The East Shore Express for recreational visitors to Sand Harbor beach will not serve Festival patrons.

More About the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival

The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival information phone number is (775) 832-1616. The office address is 948 Incline Way, Incline Village, NV 89451.

Volunteer Opportunities with the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival

The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival needs volunteers to help perform various functions during the season. including amphitheatre host, premium seating usher, greeters, merchandise sales assistant, box office crew, work crew, ticket takers, landscape maintenance, and Young Shakespeare assistants. Volunteer benefits include earning free Festival tickets, souvenir Festival merchandise, inclusion in the annual program, and the satisfaction of supporting the arts.

Stay in Reno or at Lake Tahoe

If you are traveling to the Reno / Tahoe area to enjoy the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, here are some places to stay during your visit...

Source: Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival

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