Why should I subscribe to CSC?

  • Be the first to experience our transformed Baltimore landmark -- now a modern Globe Theatre.
  • Guarantee your seats for our inaugural season that may never be available again
  • Tickets as low as $21 per play
  • With a full seven-show subscription, save more than $95
  • With a five-show package, save more than $80
  • Student packages at up to half off adult packages
  • Subscription ticket exchanges without service fees (up to 24 hours prior to performance)
  • Make sure you don’t miss any of the shows in CSC’s exciting first season:  Have an adventure and try something a little different; be confident you have tickets for all your favorite plays!
  • A subscription is the most cost-effective way to give the experience of live theater as a gift!

What is a CSC subscription?

We offer two subscription packages:

  • Our full season (7 shows) for the price of 5 shows OR
  • Pick any 5 shows from the full season for the price of only 3 shows.

We offer two seating options:

  • PRIME RESERVED SEAT SECTION:  Reserved seats on the Main Floor and First Mezzanine.  Subscribers are assigned the best available seats (note:  Reserved seats not available for The Comedy of Errors outdoorperformances at PFI Historic Park in Ellicott City)
  • GENERAL ADMISSION SEAT SELECTION:  Terrific side section seats on the Main Floor, First Mezzanine and the entire Second Mezzanine.  When you arrive at the theatre, you choose your seat.

We offer four performances each week:
Thursdays at 8:00 p.m.
Fridays at 8:00 p.m.
Saturdays at 8:00 p.m.
Sunday Matinees at 2:00 p.m.

After you choose your package, choose when you’d like to attend – Opening weekend (First weekend), Second Weekend, or Third Weekend.  For Prime Reserved Subscribers, yours seats will be assigned by the Box Office.

How do I purchase a subscription?

  • By phone:

Call the Box Office (410-313-8661) Monday-Friday from 10am – 2pm, and we will be happy to take your subscription order.

  • By mail:

If you prefer, call or email the CSC Box Office (boxoffice@chesapeakeshakespeare.com) and we will be happy to mail you a subscription brochure.  Then mail the completed form with payment to our offices at 8510 High Ridge Road, Ellicott City, MD 21043

Can I choose my seats?
We choose all Prime Reserved seats in our office.  We will choose the best available seats in the order subscriptions are received.  You may make notes of seating preferences (i.e. front row, aisle, etc.) on the subscription form or online form in the “comments” section.

How do I get my tickets?
Once your subscription is processed, you will receive an email with a PDF file that contains all your tickets ready to be printed at home.  
Tickets can also be held at Will Call (to do this, select “Will Call” as the delivery method on the bottom of the online form).

If I need to exchange my seats, what do I do?
Simply contact the Box Office and we’ll switch your tickets to any other available night.  Exchanging into a different day of the week may result in additional costs that must be paid at the time of the exchange.  There is no additional service fee for subscribers.

If I need a handicapped accessible seat, what do I do?
For the fullest information, please contact our Box Office at 410.313.8661. We have wheelchair seating as well as handicapped accessible seats available on the Main Floor and First Mezzanine in both the Prime Reserved and General Admission seating sections.  If you need a wheelchair space, simply purchase a wheelchair subscription.  If you have other accessibility issues, please indicate this in the comment section of the order form and the box office manager will call you to discuss your preferences.

What is the seating like?
Seating is on three levels on three sides of the thrust stage.
The seating is manufactured by an innovative U.K. firm.  It consists of four-cushioned, upholstered benches with fabulous lumbar support that offer unrivalled comfort.

Are there concessions?
There will be a bar with wine and beer available.  There are many dining options in the neighborhood for pre-show dinners.

Where is the theater located?
The Chesapeake Shakespeare Company Downtown Theater is located at 7 South Calvert Street, at Redwood Street, just two blocks north of the Inner Harbor.  Our final production, Comedy of Errors plays outdoors at the PFI Historic Park in Ellicott City.

Tell me about parking.
Our partners at Arrow Parking are offering $5 parking when you provide them your theater ticket or coupon validation upon exiting the garage.  The safe, well-lit garage is located between Calvert and South Streets one block south of the theater, with entrances on both Lombard and Water Streets.  Uniformed security from The Downtown Partnership will be stationed between the parking garage and the theater, before and after the show.

When are performances? 
Friday, June 13 through Sunday, July 20, 2014. 
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.
Sundays at 6 p.m.

How much are tickets?
ADULTS -- Thursdays: $29
ADULTS -- Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays:  $38
SENIORS (over 65) – All performances: $29
STUDENTS (under 25) – Thursdays and Fridays only:  $15
CHILDREN (18 and under)  – FREE with paid adult (up to two children per adult).  We are able to offer these free tickets due to the generosity of our fabulous sponsors:

M&T Bank and The Community Foundation of Howard County

GROUPS (10 or more adults) – $30 -- Call the Box Office for more information (410-313-8661)

NOTE: There are no service/handling fees added to ticket price.

How do I buy tickets? 
Click HERE to purchase your tickets online.  Online ticketing closes 3 hours prior to performance time. Any unsold tickets will be available for purchase at the door.

For phone orders, call our Box Office (410-313-8661) Monday through Friday, 10am – 2pm.

Can I buy tickets at the show? 
If there are tickets available, you can purchase them at the door. 
We accept cash, checks or credit cards.

Where do I pick up my tickets? 
We hold all tickets at the ticket tent in the PFI Historic Park.  The ticket tent is located just inside the small gate at the PFI.
(Please note: The entrance is NOT across from Church Street – where the large sign is – to reach the ticket tent, continue up the hill to the PFI private driveway.)

The gate will open 90 minutes before the performance (6:30pm Thursdays through Saturdays, 4:30pm on Sundays)

Where do I park, and is there a shuttle? 
Parking is in the Howard County Courthouse Parking Lot.
There is a shuttle to the ticket gate, or you may walk up the hill (1/5 of a mile). 
Handicapped parking is available inside the park for those patrons with valid handicapped tags.  Patrons with mobility issues (without a valid handicapped tag) may be dropped off inside the park.

What about seating? 
There are 200 folding chairs set up.  Provided there is enough space, you are welcome to bring your own chair and/or blanket.

Can I bring food to the park?
Yes!! We encourage patrons to come early and enjoy the beautiful PFI.  You can eat at your seat, or enjoy your food somewhere else in the spacious, tree-shaded park.

What if I want to sit at a table?
There are several tables behind the last row of folding chairs. You can reserve a picnic table for $60 (seats up to 6 people).  It will be held for you – whenever you arrive!  Any tables that have not been reserved are available on a first-come-first-served basis.

We also offer a Table for Two for $29.  This is a smaller (2’ round) table set up between two folding chairs in the audience.  These tables are only available as a reserved item.

 Can I bring wine or beer into the park?
Yes!

Will there be food for sale?
There will be a food vendor on site.  There are also a variety of restaurants on Main Street, Ellicott City for dine-in or take-out.

Is there anything to do before the performance?
Yes!
For every show:
A half hour before every show, is The Show Before the Show – could be a musician, a belly dancer or a juggler, you just never know!

On Fridays, we have our famous Extended Versions.  These are free, pre-show talks centering on issues and topics raised by the play.  Attendance is optional.  Discussions begin at 7pm.

Sunday shows are designated “Family Friendly Sundays”.  Performances begin two hours earlier, and in addition to all our regular pre-show activities, there will be special activities geared for our younger audience members.

Can I bring my pet to the park?
No. Dogs are not permitted.

How do I get to the Howard County Courthouse Parking Lot?
From Columbia and the South:
Take Route 29 North to Route 40 East. Turn right at Rogers Avenue. After 1 mile where Rogers Avenue splits off on the right, bear left and continue straight on the main road, which becomes Courthouse Drive. This road ends at the large Courthouse parking lot.
From Baltimore and North:
Route 70 West to Route 29 South on the left. Take Route 40 East and turn right onto Rogers Avenue. Proceed as above.
From the West:
Route 70 East to Route 29 South. Take Route 40 East. Proceed as above.

Click here for map

What if it rains?
We do our best to complete every performance, but sometimes, to ensure the safety of our patrons and staff, we may need to cancel a performance.
If the performance has already begun, and the weather radar shows the storm will pass, we will hold the show for up to 45 minutes. 
How do I find out if a performance has been cancelled, prior to the performance?
The earliest a decision to cancel a performance will be made is 2 hours before show time. We will cancel only if the forecast/radar looks completely hopeless. 
Once the decision to cancel has been made:

  • The Box Office Phone (410.313.8661) message will be changed to provide notice of a cancellation.
  • We'll Email You: If we have your email address, we'll send notice via email.
  • We'll Call You: If we know of our decision in time to call patrons, we'll call as many patrons as we can. This is why it is important for us to have a phone number that will be answered on the day of performance in our system. We can't guarantee, but we'll try our best.

If CSC cancels a performance, what happens to my tickets?
We will exchange your tickets for another available performance so that you don't miss a second of great theatre. 
You can call our box office (410-313-8661) or email Audience Services Manager, Nadine Klatt, at (klatt@chesapeakeshakespeare.com) to make the exchange.
If for some reason this is not possible, we'll present other options at that time, including donating your tickets back to CSC for a tax deductible contribution, refunds, or other choices we may suggest.