A Guide to the Festival
Last season's changes are back by popular demand!
Handling Fee-Free TIcketing. Ticket handling fees have been eliminated for all 2013 performances.
Assigned Lower Gallery Seating. In 2013, assigned chairs will be waiting for you in the Lower Gallery Section.
Upper Gallery Chairs. Chairs are preset in the Upper and Side Gallery sections. Open beach for blanket seating in the sand is also available in the upper gallery
Extended Pre-Show Dining Hours at Shakespeare's Kitchen. The main gate to the LTSF's onsite dining area opens at 5:30 pm to afford you more time to enjoy your picnic in our expanded dining area.
What is the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival and where is it located?
The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. This annual Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival is presented at the Warren Edward Trepp Stage located at Sand Harbor State Park. We are on the north east shore of the Lake, just 3 miles east of Incline Village. Nevada. Get Driving Directions. The Festival runs seasonally from July through August.
What are the hours of operation for ticket phone sales and questions?
January-March of 2013, the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival's phone ticket sales and customer service are available from 9am-5pm PST, Monday through Friday. Starting in mid-June of 2013, the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival's phone ticket sales and customer service are available from 6am-6pm PST, Monday through Friday and 6am-5pm PST on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. Please call 1.800.74 SHOWS to reach a friendly Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival representative to process your ticket purchase and answer any questions that you have about the 2013 summer season.
What time should I arrive and when do the plays typically end?
Parking is free after 5:00 pm for Festival guests, which is also when the beach-goers at Sand Harbor start to leave, so after this time seems to be optimal. There is no need to line up early to secure your seat, as seating is assigned in all sections except upper and side galleries. Those guests may want to arrive a little early to get settled in the first come first served upper gallery section. The concession area opens at 5:30 pm for pre-performance gathering including the Kitchen and Bar. Performances begin at 7:30 pm every, night of the week. Shows end roughly 2-1/2 hours later at around 10:00 pm and include a 15 minute intermission. Patrons arriving after a play has begun will be seated at the discretion of the House Manager. As a helpful reminder, it is very dark after the performance when getting back to your vehicle in the parking lot, so bring a flashlight to help you find your car.
What's the difference between "Premium", “Lower Gallery Reserved ", “Upper & SIde Gallery” and “Shuttle Only"?
- Premium Seating includes the closest and most intimate views of the stage - these seats are located in the first six rows of the theatre and feature a roomy Adirondack chair and wait service to offer you a truly first-class experience at our theatre. Food and beverages from Shakespeare’s Kitchen are delivered directly to patrons up to a 1/2 hour before the start of the performance and then again during intermission. Guests must be seated and orders placed by 6:45 pm. to take advantage of this wait service. Dinner, drinks and gratuity are not included in ticket price. Please note; due to space restrictions, coolers are not allowed in this section.
- Lower Gallery Reserved features 100% assigned seating. Due to an overwhelming request, we are thrilled to offer this again in 2013. There is no need to wait in line for hours ahead of time to secure your seat in the theatre. All seats are pre-set high-backed chairs. When choosing your tickets, the best seats available are automatically assigned to you. Please note: Cooler size is limited in this section to 14" long x 9" high x 10" wide.
- Upper & Side Galleries are open seating located behind and alongside (the entrance) the Lower Gallery Reserved section; the uppermost and far house left section of the amphitheatre. Chairs are pre-set as well as open sand for blanket seating. There is no extra charge if you choose to sit in an awaiting chair or spread out picnic style in the sand. This section is still seated on a first come first served basis. Seats are NOT pre-assigned here.
- Shuttle Only Tickets provide a shuttle ride to the Festival from Incline Village. These tickets do not include a ticket to the Festival and can be added in a customer's cart or can be reserved by calling 1.800.74.SHOWS. Stay tuned for detailed 2013 information.
I'm sitting in seats 2 and 4. Are they together? How are the sections numbered?
Yes they are. The manner in which the seats are numbered varies depending on the area of the theater you're sitting in. The Premium and Lower Gallery Reserved sections are separated into odd numbers indicating seats on the left side of the house and even numbers indicating seats on the right side of the house. Therefore, if you have tickets for Row H, Seats 2 & 4, your seats will indeed be next to each other. The Premium section contains rows A to F. The Lower Gallery section contains rows H to T. Seats numbers start at the middle aisle and work either left (odd numbers) or right (even numbers).
Why do I not have the option for my tickets to be mailed to me?
In an effort to reduce costs, the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival will no longer be fulfilling ticket orders by mail. You may select to print your tickets at home, or pick them up at our box office or will-call.
I understand that the Festival doesn’t give refunds but what if I want to exchange my tickets for another date? Also, if I cannot go can I give my tickets to a friend?
The Festival allows for exchanges to another show in the current season that a customer has purchased. A nominal fee of $5 per ticket will be charged to make the exchange. Exchanges must be made at least 24 hours prior to performance time.
The Festival does allow for anyone with a valid barcode or ticket number on their ticket to come into our gates. You may give your tickets to a friend if you cannot use them
Where is the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival's Box Office?
January 2 - July 11th, 2013, the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival's Box Office is located at the D. W. Reynolds Community Non-Profit Center (aka The Parasol Building, 948 Incline Way, Incline Village, NV 89451) and is open from 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday. July 12th - August 25th, 2013, the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival's Box Office is located at the D. W. Reynolds Community Non-Profit Center (aka The Parasol Building, 948 Incline Way, Incline Village, NV 89451) and is open from 9am-5pm, seven days a week. The Box Office is then moved to Sand Harbor State Park, 2005 Highway 28, Incline Village, NV 89451 and is open from 5:00-8:00 pm, seven days a week.
Is it open seating once you enter the amphitheatre?
New since 2011, all seating is assigned with the exception of Upper & Side Gallery, where seating is not assigned and is on a first-come-first-served basis. While chairs will now be pre-set for patrons in the Upper & SIde Gallery, there is still open sand for patrons wishing to sit on blankets, picnic style. The theater is an open, natural, sand amphitheatre overlooking Lake Tahoe. There are no bad seats in the house due to the curved slope of our beautiful natural amphitheater!
How are the weather conditions during late summer?
Typically, July and August present ideal conditions for outdoor theatre. However, weather changes quickly in the Sierras. Temperatures in the summer months range from highs in the 80-90's and lows in the 45-60 degree ranges. The evenings can become chilly in late August. Be sure to bring some warm clothing. Check the current weather conditions before starting out for the performance site.
What if it rains?
The show will go on in light rain, please plan and dress for the weather including a poncho, seat cover and warm/dry clothing. In the unlikely event that a performance may be rescheduled due to weather, every attempt will be made to honor that evening's ticket at another performance in the same season. If you have questions about this policy please call 775.892.1616. Management will take into consideration many factors when assessing the situation that presents itself the evening of the show. Please note the general rain policy that follows. Management reserves the right to alter the policy as necessary.
Should there be rain prior to curtain:
The Festival is prepared to hold for rain up to one half hour. If the rain has stopped to a point where the deck can be dried, the performance will occur. If the rain has not stopped by half hour after scheduled curtain time, after consultation with stage and house management, the show will be cancelled, actors and crew dismissed and patrons will be offered rain checks. There are no refunds due to weather.
Are food and beverage available? Can we bring our own food and beverages?
Brimm's at Shakespeare's Kitchen features a fabulous selection of entrees, appetizers and snacks for every price range including appetizers, fresh tacos, hot & cold deli, meal-sized salads, desserts and much more. We also offer a full bar providing fine wines, beer, cocktails and soft drinks. Premium and Cafe Table seating patrons enjoy having wait service in their seating section to offer a truly first-class theatre experience. Guests must be seated and orders placed by 6:45 pm. to take advantage of wait service in these sections. Dinner, drinks and gratuity are not included in ticket price. Please note; due to space restrictions, coolers are not allowed in this section.
The Festival encourages its patrons to make their evening at Sand Harbor a special event and dine at our on-site restaurant, Shakespeare's Kitchen. However, if you do bring a small cooler we strongly encourage guests to limit glass or "breakable" items when visiting the beach. In the Lower Gallery Reserved and Upper/Side Gallery Chair Section, coolers are limited to 14" long x 9" high x 10" wide or a bag (backpack) that would fit between your feet while seated. The Upper/Side Gallery, open sand/blanket seating does not have any restrictions other than to respect your fellow neighbors when it comes to picnicking and cooler sizes.
Our main gates open at 5:30 pm for entrance into our concession area, which includes Shakespeare's Kitchen, The Bar and BardWare (merchandise souvenirs). This is to allow for early mingling in our newly renovated and increased dining area. Come early and enjoy your friends, a pre-performance cocktail, awesome views of the lake and afternoon sunshine. Entrance into the theater is also at 5:30 pm.
Can I bring a cooler?
Seating is theater-style in the Lower Gallery Reserved section as well as the Upper/SIde Gallery Chair section, therefore coolers are limited to 14” long x 9” high x 10” wide or a bag (backpack) that would fit between your feet while seated. The Upper/Side Gallery open sand/blanket seating does not have any restrictions other than to respect your fellow neighbors when it comes to picnicking and cooler sizes. Due to limited space in Premium and Cafe Table Seating, coolers are not permitted.
What are the seats like for each section?
The Premium, Cafe Table and Lower Gallery Reserved sections include assigned seating. Premium seating provides a more substantial Adirondack chair that is very comfortable and padded. Cafe Table chairs are comfortable high backed patio chairs with a cushion. The Lower Gallery Reserved chairs are preset, high-backed chairs without padding. The seats that are set for Upper/Side Gallery (which are not assigned seating) are low-back, low-legged chairs without padding. As an alternative, many patrons choose to bring a blanket to use to pad the seat or keep warm after the sun goes down. As we stated, we now set chairs in the Upper/Side Gallery. However, for patrons that still wish to bring their own chairs into the Upper/Side Gallery, the chair must be a low back, sand chair. The legs must be approximately four inches or less in height and the backs cannot exceed the shoulder. High back camp chairs are not permitted anywhere in the theatre.
What if I use a wheelchair or have a mobility impairment?
Wheelchair and accessible seating is available, as are assisted listening devices. Please call the Box Office to order your tickets and make these arrangements at 1-800-74-SHOWS.
Is Shakespeare suitable for my children?
In 2013, we are presenting A Midsummer NIght's Dream. This particular Shakespeare performance is appropriate for all ages. In addition, to expose younger children to the wonders of Shakespeare in a more digestible form, we suggest you come to one our FREE D.G. Menchetti Young Shakespeare performances. We perform six times at Sand Harbor in August and tour the remaining in the Reno, Sparks and South Lake Tahoe areas.
Are there any "little details" I might need to know?
- For the enjoyment of all guests, we do ask that you limit the amount of movement during the performance. Although we will not prevent you from leaving your seat during a performance, we ask that you limit this if possible by waiting until intermission. If you do leave the amphitheater, you may be asked to wait to re-enter until a suitable break in the performance.
- Even though we are an outdoor venue, no smoking is allowed in the concession area or amphitheater area. There is a designated area for smoking, outside the entrance to the theater. Please note that from time to time the Sand Harbor State Park may ban all smoking entirely if there is a high fire danger warning in effect.
- Parking at the State Park is $10 in state, $12 out of state, per vehicle during the daytime. Parking is FREE after 5:00pm for Festival patrons. Parking is limited. We STRONGLY encourage carpooling. State Park fees are subject to change.
- Cameras are ok; however, taking photos during the performance is strictly prohibited due to Equity actors’ rules.
- We recommend you bring a flashlight in order to return to your car safely after the performance.
- There is NO ATM or cash back options available at the Festival. The Festival does accept VISA, MasterCard, American Express and Discover Cards for purchases made at the Box Office, Shakespeare's Kitchen & the Gift Shop.
- Animals are not allowed at Sand Harbor State Park or at the Festival. Pets may not be brought and left in the car. For the safety and well being of your pets, please make alternative arrangements for their care. Pets left in cars at the State Park may be removed by State personnel, and subject to fine. Service animals are allowed, when trained to perform tasks for people with disabilities.