Oregon Shakespeare Festival officials say that despite the recession, sales this spring are up 8 percent over last year.
Executive Director Paul Nicholson told The Ashland Daily Tidings that the festival had expected a drop in sales. But so far, it’s sold 7,500 more tickets than in 2009’s record season.
Last year the Ashland festival had the highest attendance and revenue in its then 74-year history – more than 410,000 theatergoers and tickets worth $17 million.
The festival’s outdoor Elizabethan Stage opens today, when previews of “Twelfth Night” begin.