The interior of the Kirby Theatre. Photo © Tommy BalneSeeing a performance at the renowned Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey is not just a night out-it's an experience!

Visiting our Main Stage? From your arrival in the charming, historic town of Madison to entering the bucolic "forest" of Drew University, where our Main Stage is located, and sitting down in the state-of-the-art F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, you'll be glad you came.

And don't forget our fabulous Outdoor Stage venue, the grass-and-stone Greek Theatre, nestled into a hillside on the College of Saint Elizabeth campus in Morris Township. Picnics are encouraged!

Should you have any questions about your visit to either of The Shakespeare Theatre's venues, a box office associate will be glad to assist you. Call 973-408-5600 or e-mail [email protected].

Restaurants/ Wine & Spirits/ Shopping/ Services

Whether you're looking for a pre-show dinner, post-show cocktail or a mid-day shopping excursion, we encourage you to patronize businesses that support The Shakespeare Theatre through program advertising as well as generous donations to our Opening Nights and other special events. Be sure to take advantage of the special discounts that many businesses offer to Shakespeare Theatre ticket holders and subscribers. Don't forget to mention that you found their information on this Web site!


Garlic Rose Bistro
New Jersey’s first all-garlic restaurant. BYOB.
Show your ticket stub and receive 10% off
41 Main Street in Madison
28 North Avenue West in Cranford

The quintessential Italian dining experience.
Full bar, daily specials, gift certificates, and banquet facilities.
11 Prospect Street in Madison

Main Street Café
Innovative food in a sophisticated setting.
Full bar.
54 Main Street in Madison

Piccolo Café

Italian bistro

Show your ticket stub and receive 10% off

77 Main Street in Madison


Rocco’s Ristorante
Lunch, dinner and cocktails. The finest in Northern and Southern Italian cuisine.
Show your Subscriber Card and a printout of this page and receive 10% off
30 Cook Plaza in Madison

Wine & Spirits

Gary’s Wine & Marketplace
Show your Subscriber Card and receive 10% off any non-sale liquors and 20% off any non-sale wines
121 Main Street in Madison


J. M Stringer Gallery

Worldwide collection of fine original painting and antiquities.

21 Claremont Road in Bernardsville



Want your business represented on our Plan Your Visit page? Call (973-408-3685) or e-mail Kristen today to learn about the many benefits of advertising with The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey.

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Why not make your trip to The Shakespeare Theatre in beautiful Morris County a weekend event or a mini-vacation? Local accommodations range from quaint bed-and-breakfasts to luxury hotels. The Morris County Visitors Center offers ample information not only about nearby lodging, but also about the many historic and cultural attractions in the area.

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Historic Madison: The Rose City, Est. 1710

Main Street, Madison. Photo courtesy of Chas Ricci.The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey is located in the charming town of Madison. Once the hub of America 's rose-growing industry, Madison earned the nickname "The Rose City" in the mid-19th century. During the summer months, glorious rose bushes still bloom throughout the town.

Only 30 miles outside of midtown Manhattan, Madison offers all the sophistication of a New York suburb combined with the home-spun comfort of Main Street USA. The vibrant downtown is comprised of unique shops, tree-lined streets, art galleries and more than 40 restaurants and eateries-all within a ten-minute walk from the Theatre's Main Stage. On-street and municipal parking downtown is free.

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey is a proud member of the Madison Arts and Culture Alliance. For a town of 16,000, Madison is teeming with arts and culture.

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Photo courtesy of Drew University.Drew: "The University in the Forest"

While The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey is an independent, professional theatre company, we have been in residence on the pastoral campus of Drew University since 1972.

While you are at the Main Stage in Madison, take the time to explore the bucolic grounds of "The University in the Forest." Bring a picnic and your walking shoes, and enjoy Drew University's wooded preserve-home to two glacially-formed ponds, hundreds of species of plants and trees, and a variety of friendly wildlife including fox, geese, wild turkeys, white-tailed deer and a proud resident hawk.

Don't miss The Shakespeare Theatre's 2006 free Picnic Series performances, outdoors on the lush lawn of the F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre. Showtime is 5:30 p.m. on Saturdays June 24 and July 15. Seating is first-come, first-served-arrive early for the best seats! Call 973-408-5600 for more information.

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 Inclement Weather Policy

Main Stage:

It is our desire to complete every performance, and we will make every effort to �raise the curtain.� In the rare case that it becomes necessary to cancel a show due to extreme inclement weather, the cancellation will occur no later than two hours prior to curtain. The Box Office staff will attempt to contact all ticketholders by phone to announce a cancellation and to reschedule tickets for another performance of the same production. Refunds will not be issued for cancelled performances; however, exchange fees and price differences will be waived.

Outdoor Stage:

It is our desire to complete every performance, and we will make every effort to �raise the curtain� and finish each show despite light rainfall.  In the event of heavy rains or winds, however, we will delay the start of the show, or the completion of the show for up to two 15-minute intervals, in the hope that the weather will clear.  Announcements will be made informing audience members of "holds".  We may also pause to take precautions to ensure the safety and health of the performers and crew.

If inclement weather necessitates canceling a show prior to curtain time, that decision will be made at least two hours before curtain.  The Box Office staff will attempt to contact all ticketholders by phone to announce a cancellation and reschedule tickets for another performance of the same production.  Refunds will not be issued for cancelled performances; however, exchange fees will be waived.  If you are unable to attend another Outdoor Stage performance, you may request a gift certificate in the amount of your order, good towards any Main Stage production this season.  All adjustments must be made within 2 weeks of the canceled performance. No adjustments will be made after this time.

To find out if a show has been cancelled,

please call the Box Office at:

(973) 408-5600


A box office associate or recorded message will advise you accordingly.

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