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Amazing productions - phenomenol location - excellent service

We have attended numerous productions at Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival over the years and... read more

Reviewed August 26, 2018
MLO1965
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Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival at Sand Harbor

What a delightful evening attending a top notch Shakespeare performance in a spectacular natural... read more

Reviewed August 24, 2018
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Reviewed August 26, 2018

We have attended numerous productions at Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival over the years and continue to be so impressed with everything about it. Mr. Fee and Mr. Taylor have done an amazing job in making this Festival what it is today; it is the highlight of our summers at the lake.

The location at scenic Sand Harbor is just beautiful. What better way to spend an evening of theatre than on the shores of Lake Tahoe?

The productions (typically one core Shakespeare play and a companion other show, alternating performance nights over the season) are consistently top notch. Amazing talent/performers, great costumes, high quality lighting/costumes/sets. We have been fans for years - regularly taking in both shows - and they all have been excellent. We loved both Beehive and Macbeth this year.

On Monday nights, they run a show case series - typically music based. THOSE have all been fanstatic too and a really fun way to mix it up each week amidst the 2 play offerings. We were lucky enough to get the the Elton John tribute concert this year and would have loved to attend the Neil Diamond night too (along with others) if schedules had allowed. The point is there is a LOT of really varied and high quality entertainment going on at this venue and definitely something for everyone.

They also offer an excellent (and complimentary!) young shakespeare program on a variety of mornings to introduce kids to the theatre. We brought our kids to that annually when they were very young....started (kind of) dragging them to the evening shows when they got a bit older and now as young teens they look forward to the productions as much as I do. It's an annual family tradition and this venue has welcomed them every step of the way and helped transform them into the somewhat avid theatre goers they are today.

The service and staff are awesome too. If you have a "premium seat," wait staff service is provided to take your orders for excellent food and a full bar (you are also welcome to bring in your own provisions); they also can deliver desert and hot chocolate, etc at intermission. If you are not in the wait staff seating section they also have a very handy feature whereby you can pre order your meals online and pick them up on your way to your seats. So go early and have your dinner there too...it makes for a great start to the evening looking out over the beautiful lake.

I'm also so grateful too and impressed by the box office manager. She has gone through hoops for me sorting out often complicated date/seating adjustments over the years - always going above and beyond to accomodate me. She clearly knows what she is doing and does it very well.

There's not a thing I would change about Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival; it is such a treat.

Thank MLO1965
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TahoeShakes, Public Relations Manager at Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, responded to this reviewResponded August 28, 2018

Thank you for the kind words. We are so glad that you enjoy your experience! We hope to see you again next year!

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Reviewed August 24, 2018 via mobile

What a delightful evening attending a top notch Shakespeare performance in a spectacular natural setting. This has been happening for 46 years during July and August. It's our first time visiting yet I definitely hope to go again.

The plays are held in a State Park that would be great fun for a day trip as well. There's food available at the event or you can pack in a picnic dinner, like many did. We brought food, dessert, and wine. Only drawback was some people were very inconsiderate about getting up during the performance so select seats where this may not be as noticable.

We saw a tremendous performance of Macbeth where the witches and Lady Macbeth definitely were the highlight. Great performance with a full moon casting glimmers on the lake what's not to love?

Thank Tom_Cheryl
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TahoeShakes, Public Relations Manager at Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, responded to this reviewResponded August 25, 2018

So glad you enjoyed your experience! Come back and see us again!

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Reviewed August 20, 2018

1. Purchased tickets online to the musical "Beehive" playing Thursday at 7:30am.

2. $94 premium seating, $188 table seating for two, $54 assigned lower gallery seating, or $30 general admission upper gallery seating. No two contiguous lower gallery seats available 24 hours beforehand.

3. $10 state park entrance fee waived after 5pm for concert goers, and gates open at 5:30pm to the theater.

4. Drove 20 miles from South Lake Tahoe to Sand Harbor. At the 13.9 mile mark, electronic sign says expect up to half hour delays 6.2 miles ahead.

5. At 19.9 mile mark, traffic comes to a complete halt, and stays that way. We go over to the short middle lane, and bypass traffic into the left turn lane into Sand Harbor.

6. Sand Harbor State Park ranger in toll booth usually collects $10 per vehicle, but waves all concert goers through, as it is past 5pm.

7. 5:35pm paved public parking lot completely full with 500+ vehicles of beach goers. We park in a distant peripheral paved parking lot far to the south, 1000 feet from the theater, walk a bit, see some cars leave.

8. We repark the car within 200 feet of the theater entrance, backing the car in for a fast getaway.

9. Theater is on the north side of the parking lot, and only the high tower lights are visible. Entrance is next to the bathrooms.

10. Outside food allowed, but only lower and upper level patrons may bring coolers, bags and backpacks not to exceed 14" x 9" x 10", so that they can fit under the seats.

11. There are 32 rows of seats, with the first 7 rows for premium and table seating, the next 17 rows for lower gallery, and the last 8 rows for upper gallery. Three aisles, 1,130 seats.

12. The entire outdoor theater seating is on a hillside of sand. You got to trudge up aisles of sand.

13. People wearing sandals, open toed shoes, or low flat shoes with open uppers get sand and dirt into their shoes. Woman wearing glossy black opera shoes gets a layer of dirt on the sides.

14. We found seats in the middle of the first row of the upper gallery, on the edge of a crossover pathway.

15. Non moveable four legged canvas sling back seats with two rear metal legs anchored in concrete.

16. People remaining seated and turn their knees sideways, to allow others to pass.

17. View of Sand Harbor beach in the background behind the stage, with sun setting on the right side to the west. Trees behind and on the sides of the theater.

18. 6 bathroom stalls to serve 500+ ladies, with a 5 minute wait at 7:10pm.

19. "Beehive, the 60s Musical" has 6 lady singers in simple 1960s style dresses, high quality singing of early 60s songs: "Come See About Me", "Sweet Talking Guy", "You Can't Hurry Love", "My Boyfriend's Back", "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow".

20. No change of stage scenery, and no changes of costumes until the show is half over. No orchestra, only prerecorded accompanying music.

21. 33 songs sung in 75 minutes. "Where the Boys Are" and "You Don't Own me" sung at a much faster pace than the original.

22. Singers had a much harder time with songs after the intermission, including Tina Turner's "Proud Mary", Grace Slick's "Somebody to Love", and Janis Joplin "Try a Little Harder". Good effort, but there would be no mistaken these for voices of the original.

23. People behind me brought a 24" cooler, completely blocking the passage way. Used the cooler as a table, with wine bottles on top. Hope nobody spills the red wine on our shirt tops! Lady put her feet on the cooler, inches away from my head. I gave here an annoyed look, but the feet remained there throughout the play.

24. Play ends at 9:05. 400 foot quick walk from the upper gallery to the front entrance, following the bulk of the crowd of 1000 attendees.

25. If you wore sandals, you would have to grin and bear it, as no time to empty your sandals of sand.

26. Long line of women at the bathrooms at the entrance. Wife is trained enough to know that is a no no, as we have to get to the car ASAP, if we don't want to become permanent residents!

27. Parking lot is totally in darkness. Have to use the cell phone for light. We get to our car and slowly go toward the parking lot entrance right where the theater is emptying.

28. Drive 200 yards past toll booth to the exit road. Long line of cars on the single lane exit, with a traffic island separating the other lane, the entrance lane to Sand Harbor.

29. Traffic on Highway 28 heading north at a standstill. Road construction in progress at 9:15pm Thursday. Traffic backed up to Sand Harbor entrance. Cars trying to make a left turn onto north bound Highway 28 are stuck behind the line of cars waiting.

30. One driver backs the car around the traffic island, and uses the left hand lane to drive to the highway, where he makes a right hand turn. Need traffic control to use both lanes, left lane for left turns, and right lane for right turns.



The chairs are canvas sling back on four legs, with the two back legs anchored in concrete.

Thank robert c
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TahoeShakes, Public Relations Manager at Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, responded to this reviewResponded August 23, 2018

Well, that was thorough! Thank you for sharing all of this info with others.

Two corrections:

1. There is a live band accompanying the Beehive performers. They are placed backstage. There is no prerecorded music.
2. The back legs of the chairs are not anchored in concrete. There is a crossbar that is buried in the sand for stabilization, but as we need to pull all of the seats out at the end of the season each year, they are not permanently placed.

Cheers!

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Reviewed August 12, 2018

Every year our family group of 20+ goes to one of the productions at the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival. It never disappoints -- the setting is so beautiful and the performances from Tragedy to Comedy to Non-Shakespeare are always well done and fun for our group with ages ranging from six to seventy-six. Go early for dinner and enjoy the show!

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TahoeShakes, Public Relations Manager at Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, responded to this reviewResponded August 16, 2018

We're so glad you enjoyed it! See you next year!

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Reviewed August 11, 2018

We sae Beehive, the Musical and enjoyed it very much. The location is great, with a wonderful view of the lake. Seats (not the closest section but the next one up) were comfortable and the food was good. Bring a blanket and layers as it really cools down. Overall, the acting was good, a little uneven, but enjoyable overall.

Thank Korie P
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TahoeShakes, Public Relations Manager at Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, responded to this reviewResponded August 16, 2018

Thank you for joining us. We hope to see you again!

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Reviewed August 6, 2018 via mobile

It was a beautiful evening with Lake Tahoe as a backdrop so how could you go wrong! Our seats were in the very top rows so as the sunset appeared we could indulge in the view. The music was enjoyable as it was our era but not great. I think I’ve enjoyed the Shakespeare plays we’ve seen there more. We brought our own food and wine (required). If you haven’t been I recommend going. It’s a part of the Tahoe ex.

Thank Stephanie R
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TahoeShakes, Public Relations Manager at Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, responded to this reviewResponded August 16, 2018

Thank you for your feedback. We hope to see you again!

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Reviewed August 3, 2018 via mobile

I have been coming to Shakespeare at the Lake since I was a small child. So I guess for the last 40 years. I love it!! Or at least I loved the memory of Shakespeare on the Lake. It’s just not the same anymore- the chairs / seating is just awful!!
It was so uncomfortable it took away from the amazing acting. Macbeth was great- but I really wish I could have watched it in my own chair. Or, spend the extra money and get one of the cafe tables.

Thank ibhiggy
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Reviewed July 28, 2018

I attended "The Scottish Play" with a group of friends while visiting Lake Tahoe. We bought our tickets last-minute and ended up in the unreserved seats in the back. Overall, the play was decent. The location of the amphitheater is excellent--perfect view of the sky, Lake Tahoe on two sides, little noise from the highway. Even if you don't like Shakespeare plays, it would good be a good place to go just to watch a sunset and enjoy the stars. While most of it was good, we had a few complaints: 1.) the majority of the seats are located on a hill covered in sand. Whenever there is some wind or someone walks by, a cloud of dust appears which gets in your drinks, eyes, food, lungs, etc. 2.) The acoustics are terrible. We were in the front of the unreserved seats aligned with center stage. Whenever one of the actors turned away or the wind blew, we couldn't make out what was being said. 3.) there is one bathroom facility with far too few bathrooms for the number of seats--long lines at intermission and following the play. Overall, this was a decent place to visit. The location and scenery are excellent but offset by the acoustics and facilities. We would consider visiting again.

Thank AM1898
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TahoeShakes, Public Relations Manager at Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, responded to this reviewResponded July 31, 2018

Thank you for your feedback. We will definitely take your thoughts into consideration as we continue to improve our facilities. Please come see us again sometime!

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Reviewed July 24, 2018 via mobile

I use to go there when my other half. Went several times! Was fun!! Now that we have ended our relationship I haven’t been back and I live here now. A truly wonderful, fun event! Hope to make it back someday.

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TahoeShakes, Public Relations Manager at Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, responded to this reviewResponded July 25, 2018

So glad you enjoyed it!

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Reviewed July 19, 2018 via mobile

Brought me back to my youth. What talented people. Love the venue and the people. Make new friends every time we go.

Thank Bertski33
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TahoeShakes, Public Relations Manager at Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, responded to this reviewResponded July 21, 2018

So glad you enjoyed the evening!

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