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“Four nights, three wonderful plays!”

American Players Theatre
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Owner description: American Players Theatre is a professional, classical theater located just outside Spring Green, Wisconsin. Situated on 110 acres of hilly woods and meadows, APT boasts two theater spaces, an 1148-seat outdoor amphitheater and the 200-seat indoor Touchstone Theatre. From June through October, APT produces eight plays in rotating repertory – five Up the Hill and three in the Touchstone Theatre.Central to APT’s mission is a commitment to making these great works accessible to as wide and varied an audience as possible as well as educating younger generations in the joys of these classic plays.With annual attendance of over 100,000 and an annual budget in excess of $5 million, APT ranks as the country’s second largest outdoor theater devoted to the classics.
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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110 reviews
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“Four nights, three wonderful plays!”
Reviewed 23 July 2014

We went to Spring Green to visit family. What we found was a magnificent community with a gorgeous outdoor theater and intimate indoor theater. Costumes, staging, acting, all on the highest professional level. Enjoyed Romeo and Juliet in the outdoor theater. Birds chirped, the breeze blew. As the sun set behind us the moths came out followed closely by the bats as the this tragedy played out before us. A magical evening. We also loved Much Ado About Nothing, and a one woman show in the indoor theater. Absolutely worth the trip. Will return again next summer.

Visited July 2014
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Columbia, Missouri
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“Out door theather.”
Reviewed 22 July 2014

A must see. The only problem we found was trying to find what plays were available, At the House of the Rock we were able to ask what theaters were available. That took us a while to discover. It is a great theater but you must be ready view the theater OUT SIDE.

Visited July 2014
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Egg Harbor, Wisconsin
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“35 years of the BEST Shakespeare anywhere!”
Reviewed 22 July 2014

I was fortunate enough to be in college at the University of Wisconsin just 40 miles from American Players Theater when it opened in 1980. The theater has a very special place in my heart and I have seen multiple productions in most of the last 35 years. The remarkable thing is that I have never been disappointed. Production quality rivals The RSC which I have attended in both London and touring productions. But the setting for the outdoor theater, in a driftless glade surrounded by the pine/maple/oak/cedar forest, makes it more special.

I have seen the full moon used as a prop in Taming of the Shrew. I have seen King John battle the French wielding broadswords and bombs throughout the forest. I have seen the Tempest blow through the stage. And, most memorably, after waiting 33 years, I had Richard III's spit fall on me as he railed at Buckingham (when Buckingham was put out of favor the audience audibly sighed for his misfortune). It is an experience that you must not miss.

Visited July 2014
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Madison, Wisconsin
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“Fabulous experience”
Reviewed 22 July 2014

What a treat to experience world-class Shakespeare (and other plays) in a natural setting. American Players Theater is a do-not-miss experience! Especially nice to come early and enjoy a picnic on the grounds before walking up the hill to see the play. I have been once already this year and plan on coming twice more to see other plays.

Visited July 2014
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Huntley, Illinois
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57 reviews
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“Lovely setting”
Reviewed 22 July 2014

It was so nice to attend a play in the outdoor setting. The actors were excellent, and we were happy for the shuttle from the base of the hill to the stage area. Several cans of bug spray helped to address any concerns about being outdoor. The play itself was a lot of fun.

Visited July 2014
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