Original Practice Shakespeare Festival

This is a past event. Sunday, August 25 more dates through August 25, 2019

Parks around Portland

Check out OPS's website for their full schedule of events and location details!

OPS Fest brings a new style of Shakespearean performance to the Portland area by reviving the old. ​First Folio editions of Shakespeare's plays include all the cues an actor needs to perform his or her role without rehearsal. This allows the truest reaction to the story as it progresses. OPS Fest performs using the same techniques as they did in Shakespeare's own time, which means limited rehearsal; an onstage prompter; fast paced, energetic acting; and lots of audience interaction. This lends a much more immediate, organic and improvisational feel.


  • 7/5: Henry V @ 7 p.m. at Cathedral Park

  • 7/6: Midsommer (Abridged) w/THPRD at Kaiser Woods Park

  • 7/6: Romeo & Juliet @ 7 p.m. at Luuwit View Park

  • 7/12: As You Like It @ 7 p.m. at Willamette Park

  • 7/13: Julius Caesar @ 7 p.m. at Irving Park

  • 7/14: Two Gentlemen of Verona @ 2 p.m. at Laurelhurst Park

  • 7/14: Henry V @ 7 p.m. at Laurelhurst Park

  • 7/18: Taming of the Shrew @ 7 p.m. at Irving Park

  • 7/19: Richard III @ 7 p.m. at Willamette Park

  • 7/20: Much Adoe About Nothing @ 7 p.m. at Irving Park

  • 7/21: Macbeth @ 7 p.m. at Laurelhurst Park

  • 7/25: Comedie of Errors @ 7 p.m. at Irving Park

  • 7/26: Merry Wives of Windsor @ 7 p.m. at Willamete Park

  • 7/27: Othello @ 7 p.m. at Irving Park

  • 7/28: All's Well That Ends Well @ 2 p.m. at Laurelhurst Park

  • 7/28: Henry IV, pt. 1 @ 7 p.m. at Laurelhurst Park

"Original Practice Shakespeare, oft-called "ops," is easily Portland's most prolific and approachable Shakespeare company. In their novel format of staged readings, a sports-style referee presides over the players, blowing a whistle and issuing indisputable "calls." Sometimes the ref even asks the audience to decide which actors play which roles, calls a "time-out" when a plane flies by or prompts cheers and boos from the crowd as appropriate. This silly, sensationalist Portland tradition is a great way to introduce Shakespeare to kids." – Oregon Arts Watch

Event Type

Free, Theater




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