2017 Freewill Special Events

Puppet Shows
Worried that your kids won’t understand the plot? First time to Freewill and a little anxious about Shakespeare? Let Thou Art Here Theatre introduce you to the play through a fun puppet adaptation. This 15-minute primer will introduce you to the characters, outline the plot points and get the whole family excited about the upcoming show! Free for all our guests to the show! Times and days for the 2017 Puppet Shows will be announced in May.

Canada Day
Let’s celebrate! Spend the day outside! Join us in the Heritage Amphitheatre! To celebrate Canada’s 150th both performances on Canada Day will be Pay What You Will! Come relax, bring a picnic, have a drink and buy a hot dog!

Wine Wednesdays
Join us on Wednesday nights for our amazing show and enjoy a discounted glass of wine! It’s a win-win!

Thirsty Thursdays
Why should Wednesdays have all the fun? Join us for discounted beer on Thursdays!

Behind the Scenes – July 5th
Take a peek in our special events tent at a display of past costume and set designs, get a behind the scenes look at how what you see on the stage is developed and created.  Display is included in your regularly priced ticket.

TICKETED SPECIAL EVENTS – These events take place in our Special Event Tent on our festival grounds. Tickets to our special events are limited, if events are sold out there are still tickets available to the evening’s performance. Keep an eye on this page for our 2017 events, tickets are now on sale and can be purchased by clicking here! Be sure to buy your tickets soon as they sell out quickly! 

Date Nights – Merry Wives, Merry Lives! Saturday, June 24th and A Celebration of Italy! Friday, July 7th (The Merchant of Venice)
Date night decisions made easy!  Ticket includes early admittance through VIP gate, a glass of wine or beer, appetizers, entertainment, seating in a reserved section in the amphitheatre and the romance of Shakespeare all for $45! VIP gate opens at 6:15pm. Event starts at 6:30pm. Evening performances start at 8pm. 18+ events.

Girls Night Out – Wednesday, June 28 (The Merry Wives of Windsor)
Get the girls together and come have some fun at our Disco themed girls night! We will be selling specialty vodka drinks and it is wine Wednesday so all wine will be discounted! Price of ticket includes that evenings performance, early admission through VIP gate, reserved seating, snacks including a donut wall and a glass of wine or a beer. VIP Gate opens at 6:30, Tickets $45

Shakesbeer Alley Kat Cask Nights- The Merchant of Venice, Thursday, June 29th and The Merry Wives of Windsor, Friday, July 14th
Join us for two Shakesbeer Cask Nights in 2017! Alley Kat Brewery has created a brew so special, William himself would go for seconds! This is a traditional and tasty event that you don’t want to miss!  Price of ticket includes that evenings performance, early admission through VIP gate, reserved seating, a glass from the cask and snacks including handmade soft pretzels by Zwicks. Gate opens at 6:30, tapping of the cask begins at 6:40pm.18+ event. Tickets $40 

Shakespeare’s Feast  – Saturday, July 8th (The Merry Wives of Windsor)
“Small cheer and great welcome makes a merry feast.” -Comedy of Errors – 
An evening full of the wonder of Shakespeare!  Let us immerse you in Shakespeare’s time, cocktails in Will’s Tavern will be followed with a delicious dinner prepared by Smokehouse BBQ in the Special Event tent hosted by no other than Queen herself! Guests will enjoy a beer or wine, a family style meal including ribs, chicken, roasted vegetables, salad and dessert before the evenings performance, entertainment and priority seating in the Amphitheatre.  VIP Gate will open at 5pm, Dinner by Smokehouse BBQ (Vegetarian and Gluten-free food will be available) at 5:45,  Show at 8pm – Tickets $90

Tea with Shakespeare (Afternoon Tea) – July 9th
All you lovers of old-world loveliness and a dash of make-believe! An afternoon of live, outdoor theatre, English tea, and other entertainment in the Freewill Special Events Tent.  Tea guests will receive a light luncheon before the matinee, enjoy some entertainment during the Tea, priority seating for the matinee performance of the Merry Wives of Windsor and refreshments in the Special Event tent during intermission.  VIP Gate will open at 12pm, Luncheon(Vegetarian and Gluten-free food will be available) at 12:30, Show at 2pm – Tickets $50

Merry Wines of Windsor – Wednesday, July 12th (Wine Tasting)
We are partnering once again with Unwined, this year they will take us on a tour of the wines from the Commonwealth. Wines will be paired with several cheeses and one sweet. VIP Gate opens at 6:30, – Tickets $50

Merchant of Vodka – Thursday, July 13th (Vodka Tasting)
Local Distillery Rig Hand joins us for a sampling of their delicious flavoured vodkas. Price of ticket includes that evenings performance, early admission through VIP gate, reserved seating, yummy snacks, sampling of several Rig Hand vodkas and a specialty drink made with the vodkas. VIP Gate opens at 6:30, – Tickets $50

To purchase special event tickets please click here!


Youth Programming

In 2017, Free Will Players Theatre Guild will once again be working with Thou Art Here Theatre’s Artistic Directors, Andrew Ritchie and Neil Kuefler, to present youth programming. Please watch here for more information.