Venue Details

36 Star Starred
Oak Park Festival Theatre
in Austin Gardens 160 N. Forest Oak Park, IL 60301
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Member Tips

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Parking garage across the street, $4 for 3 hours.
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Alcohol is technically not allowed in the park but several people brought it anyway.
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Bring your own seating or you can rent their chairs and avoid carrying
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Some street parking available; avoid the parking lot by Nineteenth Century Club as it's permit-only
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Was told that Nineteen Century Club is okay, but signs say otherwise.
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Reviews & Ratings

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109 events
41 reviews
4 stars
attended Aug 14 2011

Very well done. Acting is superb. Planes overhead interfere from time to time.

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Andrea L
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92 reviews
3 stars
attended Jul 17 2011

The venue is lovely, and the staff equally so.

The actor portraying Henry V was excellent in general.

The use of the stage space was good, and the costuming made it... continued

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44 reviews
31 stars
attended Aug 11 2011

It was very well done. The actor who portrayed the king (Dennis Grimes) was very good. But, being outside, it was difficult to hear at times due to the incredibly loud... continued

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Quotes & Highlights

On Sunday, July 24 and August 7, OPFT will present Family Days, with Shakespearian and Medieval fun for the entire family. Starting at 4:30pm on each of these days, there will be crafts, performances, stage combat demonstrations, and other activities relating to the mainstage plays, with a 6:00pm performance of the play, preceded by a kid-friendly synopsis given by one of the characters.


Directed by Kevin Theis

Kevin Theis has directed four previous productions for Festival Theatre – Picnic, Robin Hood, Cyrano de Bergerac, and the touring company’s production of Shakespeare: Scenes, Sonnets and Songs. As a performer, he has appeared in a number of OPFT shows, most recently as Frank in Faith Healer, Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing, and George in Of Mice and Men. Other directing credits include last summer’s Michigan Shakespeare Festival production of Comedy of Errors, as well as productions at Lifeline Theatre, City Lit, Buffalo Theatre Ensemble, CT20 Ensemble, and Seanachai Theatre, where he is an ensemble member. Theis has been nominated for three Joseph Jefferson awards for his directing work.

Theis says about this play: “Henry V remains one of literature’s most profound and complex meditations on both the horror and the unfortunate necessity of war. Inspiring, heartbreaking, ruthless, and uplifting, this play showcases everything that a patriot and a warrior can represent."

The cast of 21 is led by Dennis Grimes as King Henry, Belinda Bremner as the Chorus, Aaron Christensen as Pistol, and OPFT artistic director Jack Hickey as Fluellen.

About the Ticket Supplier: Oak Park Festival Theatre

Oak Park Festival Theatre has been presenting Shakespeare and other classic plays under the stars in beautiful Austin gardens since 1975, making them the oldest outdoor professional theatre company in the Midwest devoted to the classics. As of Fall 2010, they also produce shows in fall and spring at The Performance Center on Madison Street in Oak Park. Oak Park Festival Theatre is dedicated to presenting quality productions at a reasonable price, in a relaxed atmosphere just a short distance away from the bustle of Chicago's loop. Join them for an enchanted evening of entertainment.