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Oak Park Festival Theatre is a professional theater company working under contract with Actors’ Equity Association, producing the works of William Shakespeare as they were meant to be staged – as thrilling, living, popular theater, al fresco in pastoral Austin Gardens to augment the imagery and poetry of the Bard’s English language. The Theatre has expanded offerings to include classics and other challenging productions – outdoors each summer in Austin Gardens and indoors during the spring and fall at the Madison Street Theater at 1010 W. Madison in Oak Park.



OPFT BLOG

Mobster world fits this power-mad ‘Hamlet By Kerry Reid Special to the Tribune 5:45 p.m. CDT, June 23, 2014 If you’re tapping your feet impatiently awaiting the return [Read More...]
★★★★ “Brilliant, Powerful, Dramatic, Beautifully Performed” Highly Recommended review by Ed Vincent An exceptional production with a fabulous cast of actors and actress[Read More...]
Due to mother nature’s wrath, we are canceling tonights performance of HAMLET. If you have purchased tickets for tonights show, know that they will be honored at the box offi[Read More...]
"The sharp performances and strong direction by Lavina Jadwani make this a unique and powerful experience. It is everything a goodHamlet should be: beautiful and haunting, yet pain[Read More...]
“Director Lavina Jadhwani moves Shakespeare’s tragedy to 1920s Chicago, a change that allows the men to dress and act like gangsters (Jack Hickey’s King Claudius [Read More...]
The climax of an already violent, corpse strewn story is the duel between Hamlet and Laertes. In this Roaring 20′s production, the Act V showdown is a contest not of swords b[Read More...]
1st reviews have started rolling in… and we are off to a great start! RECOMMENDED ! Chicagocritic.com “Michael McKeogh, Hamlet is a manically nervous soul who appears t[Read More...]
Lavina is thrilled to join the Oak Park Festival Theatre family, where she has directed Hamlet and Twelfth Night. Other recent credits include Much Ado About Nothing, Gruesome Play[Read More...]
Another successful event is history! A big thank you to everyone that pitched in and helped pull it together!!! Our board president,Brad, was the mastermind that made the big day t[Read More...]
Oak Park Festival Theater is excited to announce that John Crosthwaite is the newest Artistic Associate for Oak Park Festival Theater! This season he is appearing in HAMLET ( Berna[Read More...]
Our great Silent Auction selections, see more at our 40th Celebration, XL-ent! today, 3-7pm[Read More...]
Just in from William H. Macy, who was in our first production 40 years ago: “We are sending a package with Shameless swag for the silent auction. The package includes Season [Read More...]
OPFT is pleased to announce that Mark Richards is the newest member of our Artistic Associate team! Mark Richard Mark Richard is happy to join OPFT as an artistic associate. Past p[Read More...]
OPFT is please to announce that Mary Michell will being joining our team of Artistic Associates! Mary Michell Mary Michell has worked with OPTF since 2008, when she appeared as Kat[Read More...]
  .   Sunday, June 8 from 3 PM to 7 PM Downtown Oak Park – 1118 Westgate, Oak Park, IL 60301 Join us as we celebrate Oak Park Festival Theatre . .    Tickets:   Gen[Read More...]
First readthrough and cast meeting – Oak Park Festival Theatre’s HAMLET! One month before the show officially starts rehearsing, the company came together to get their [Read More...]