The bard does well

Ticket sales for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival are up 23% over the same period last year.

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Organizers for the annual Oregon Shakespeare Festival had budgeted for a drop this year, but ticket sales are up 23% over the same period last year.

If the figures hold, the festival could beat its record season last year, despite the economy.

“I am absolutely not willing to make a prediction — we’ve still got 31 weeks left of the season and it’s just too early — but we’re certainly hopeful,” said Paul Nicholson, OSF executive director.

In its first five weeks, the festival has sold 6,500 more tickets than last year, he said. The two theaters with plays running have been 92 percent full on average, compared to 74 percent full at this time last season, Nicholson said.

Read the full story at the Mail Tribune.

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