Know Before You Go
It's not your grandmother's Shakespeare theatre...
At Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, we do things a bit differently. CSC began in 2002 with a small group of artists committed to changing how people think about Shakespeare, by producing shows that allowed audiences to connect to classic works in whole new ways—ways that are fresh, innovative and sustainable. CSC is devoted to exploring the question “What makes Shakespeare so great?” The assumption is that this quest will probably never be resolved. That is why we invite the audience along for the journey. Tights optional.
The Adventures of Pericles runs approximately 80 minutes, without intermission.
Park gates open 90 minutes prior to a performance. We recommend that you arrive at least 15-20 minutes prior to a show to enjoy our pre-show entertainment (offered at most performances). Patrons who arrive after a performance has started are seated at the discretion of the House Manager.
We will exchange your tickets for another available performance so that you don't miss a second of great theater.
You can call our box office (410-244-8570) or email the box office at firstname.lastname@example.org to make the exchange. If for some reason an exchange is not possible, we'll present other options at that time.
We sure hate canceling a performance, though! Click here for our developed-over-18-summers-and-extremely-thorough rain policy. We have only canceled for heat two times in our history but we will always exchange your tickets if the heat level is medically unwise.
Yes, you may reserve a picnic table for $68. Date night tables, however, have been suspended for this summer.
We are hopeful that we will be able to accommodate blankets, but this is subject to social distancing and practicalities.
The program for this production will be online. A link to the program will also be sent in your performance reminder email and QR codes will be available at the PFI to scan with your mobile device for access. A limited number of printed programs will be available for guests upon request.
To preview the program, click here.
- Navigation apps: Use 3691 Sarah’s Lane, Ellicott City, MD 21043.
- From D.C., Columbia, and points 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 points north: Take Route 70 West to Route 29 South (exit on the left). Then take Route 40 East and turn right onto Rogers Avenue. Proceed as above. 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 points west: Take Route 70 East to Route 29 South. Take Route 40 East and turn right onto 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.
Follow signs for Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, and walk up the hill about 1/5 mile to the ticket gate. For everyone’s safety, please walk on the sidewalk or on shoulders designated by reflective cones. Please note: The PFI entrance is NOT across from Church Street where the large sign is – please continue up the hill. To reach the ticket tent, continue up the hill to the PFI private driveway and ticket gate.
As determined by Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks, due to COVID-19 the vans that normally take patrons from the courthouse parking lot to the PFI will not be available this year.
The walking distance from the parking lot to the PFI is approximately .2 miles (comparable to other area outdoor venues like Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia or Wolf Trap in Virginia).
If needed, guests may drop off passengers and belongings at the PFI entrance at the top of the hill prior to parking in the courthouse lot. There is limited handicapped accessible parking at the park entrance.
When you arrive, you can follow the signs up to the top of the hill to drop off passengers and picnics. The PFI Parking Guardian at the top of the hill will allow you to drive through only if you have a handicapped placard.
The PFI is a lovely spot for picnicking. Gates open 90 minutes before the show, come have a meal prior to the performance!
Come early and bring a picnic, sit under the trees, and enjoy the beautiful stone ruins. Food, beer, and wine are permitted. Food truck on site: Tasty Treats & More. Eat, drink, and be merry!
Beer and wine are permitted in the park. Cheers!
Folding chairs for the audience will be set up as usual; if you prefer, you are welcome to bring your own.
Yes, assuming we aren’t sold out (we’ll post on our website if we are) but we do recommend purchasing your tickets in advance. Gates and ticket tent open 90 minutes prior to showtime. Online ticket sales turn off three hours prior to showtime.
No cash will be accepted at the park. All purchases must be made electronically.
No, but you must Identify number of seats you will need in total to a CSC usher so you can all comfortably be placed in socially distant seating.
We know what the weather is, but know not what it may be! We do our best to complete every performance, but sometimes, to ensure the safety of our guests 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 pause the show for up to 45 minutes. If the storm is not likely to pass quickly, we will cancel the performance. Only rarely is a storm so big that we cancel before showtime—and never more than two hours prior.
Sundays are our Family Fun Days, with preshow activities for all ages including crafts and storytime, beginning at 4:30pm. Picnics welcome! Use our folding chairs or bring your blanket.
Free Shakespeare for kids: for every 1 paid adult ticket, 1 child under 18 years old gets in free by reservation. (This is a change from previous years due to our limited capacity.)
The Box Office opens an hour prior to a performance for sales and information.
The theatre opens 45 minutes prior to a performance. We recommend that you arrive at least 15-20 minutes prior to a show to enjoy our pre-show entertainment (offered at most performances). Patrons who arrive after a performance has started are seated at the discretion of the House Manager.
Yes! We recommend:
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We've partnered with Arrow Parking to offer our patrons $5 parking when you provide them with a CSC coupon. Offer applies to the Arrow Parking covered lot at 204 East Lombard Street, Baltimore, 21202.
Coupon not available for the Wednesday, December 15th performance.
For more information and directions click here
Absolutely! If you have tickets on account from any canceled or postponed performance from our 2019-2021 Season, including The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), Hamlet, or Much Ado About Nothing, or our 2021 production of A Christmas Carol. they may be used for any of our 2022 productions.
Alternatively, you may continue to keep your tickets on account for future use. Please email email@example.com with your preferred date of attendance and they will take it from there.
Yes. In accordance with Baltimore City guidelines, all patrons, regardless of age, must be masked when inside the theatre.
You may purchase tickets for any show that is not sold out at our box office during regular business hours (Tuesday through Friday from 10am – 4pm) or beginning 60 minutes prior to curtain. For best pricing and availability, we recommend purchasing your tickets in advance.
There are a lot of wonderful, film versions of A Raisin In The Sun, so we won’t be offering another one right now.
The program for this production will be online. A link to the program will be sent in your performance reminder email and QR codes will be available to scan with your mobile device for access. A limited number of printed programs will be available for guests upon request.
Out of an abundance of caution, we will not be selling concessions for our production of A Raisin in the Sun. With the intimate nature of our theatre space, and our commitment to providing a safe environment for our audience, actors, and staff, we feel it is in everyone’s best interest to keep it closed during this family-oriented production. We will consider reopening concessions after the new year for the remaining shows in our 2021-22 Season.
You are welcome to take pictures before and after the performance, however photography and/or video recording during any performance is strictly prohibited.
If your performance is cancelled for public health reasons, you may exchange your ticket(s) for another performance, keep a credit on account for a future show within our 2021-22 Season, or request a refund.
If your performance is not cancelled but you are unable to attend due to personal health reasons (including lack of documentation of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test) or concerns, you may exchange your ticket(s) for another performance or keep a credit on account for a future show within our 2021-22 Season. To do so, please contact the box office (410-244-8570 or firstname.lastname@example.org) in advance of your performance.
Exchange fees will be waived for the duration of the COVID-19 health crisis. Should you wish to exchange into a higher priced day or seating section, you will be required to pay only the difference in ticket price.