We have done shows at our site in Woodside every summer beginning in 2002 til 2011.

Theatre in the Woods features two stages and a variety of performance spots along our trails. Our Main Stage, nestled with a beautiful backdrop of redwood trees behind it, features natural benches made out of redwood planks and stumps. Our Amphitheatre Stage at Harrington Creek features natural amphitheatre seating carved out of the hillside. We provide blankets on the earth benches for a perfect view of the forest stage opposite the creek. And the acoustics are fantastic!

As with all our shows in Woodside, the performance is part of a guided hike through the forest where the audience will be led to various performance spots along our trails. The forest incline makes for a leisurely and invigorating hike that enables you to escape the modern world and allow for a theatrical experience you'll never forget.


Never been to Theatre in the Woods? If you would like to get a sense of what attending a production at Theatre in the Woods is like, please visit our set of photos from Theatre in the Woods at flickr.com. These photos give you the best representation of our venue, the hiking involved for each production, and examples of how our productions are staged.

Our outdoor site in the woods requires moderate hiking, so we encourage our audience to wear appropriate walking/hiking shoes and clothing. As a result of the hike, you'll be asked to sign a standard waiver to make sure you use caution while hiking on our property. Each adult will need to sign his/her own waiver, and parents/guardians may sign for any accompanying minors.

Woodside also has unpredictable weather, so it's best to dress in layers when visiting. As our site is in the forest, the trees shade most of the site so most of the seating is not in direct sunlight. But as Harrington Creek lines the bottom of the property we are happy to provide bug spray for anyone who needs it!

Our shows require a hike just under a mile roundtrip up and down a moderate grade on rustic trails. That said, our hike is done at a leisurely pace along the incline with many switchbacks on our trail to ease the effort. We are constantly amazed and impressed with the diversity of our audience's ages and are pleased that many people attending our shows are seniors and are easily able to hike along our rustic trails.

All seating is general admission. There is no assigned seating for our shows. Seating at our site consists of benches made from wood and the land itself, so our seating does not have back support. There is no need to bring seating of your own, and our intimate performance spots aren't able to accomodate additional seating.

When we say we're Theatre in the Woods, we really mean it! That said, our site has two portable bathrooms at the top of the site and no bathrooms further down in the performance areas. At any time during the performance, guests are welcome to hike to the top to use the portable bathrooms.

Our site is on a residential single road, so please follow the parking signs on where to park. Please turn on your headlights when turning onto Bear Gulch Road (West) and drive slow around corners. We also highly encourage carpooling whenever possible not only because it's good for the environment but also because of our limited parking spots. Thank you!



To learn more about how to find our Woodside location, click on Our Location.


Hike!
Our shows are indeed part of a hike! Please be aware that hiking is required at our site. The pace of the hike is leisurely, and there are many switchbacks on our trails to allow for easy hiking up and down the site. Upon arrival to the site, you will be asked to sign a waiver so as to assure everyone that you are responsible for yourself. Minors can have their parents or legal guardians sign their waivers for them. If a minor is to attend a performance without their parent or legal guardian, a parent or legal guardian will need to sign ahead of time. If you need the waiver ahead of time, please contact us at 415-668-2879. Thank you. We are unable to allow anyone into the performance or property without signing a waiver.

Shoes!
As our show is part of a guided hike, we recommend you come dressed with appropriate walking/hiking shoes and clothing. Bring your own sunscreen if you wish, and we'll provide bug spray (you're welcome of course to bring your own).

Weather!
The weather at our site is unpredictable, so please come dressed in layers.

Picnic!
You are encouraged to arrive early to picnic at our site before the show starts. Our site is open beginning at 12pm before each performance. Bring your own picnic, and we'll provide the blankets and chairs for you. There will be one intermission during the performance where water and snacks will be available for purchase.

Bathrooms!
As our site is entirely rustic, we provide two portable bathrooms at the top of the site for our audience. These are the only formal bathrooms on site, so please plan accordingly. Guests are allowed to hike up to use the portable bathrooms at any time during the performance.

Parking!
Our site is on a residential single road, so please follow the parking signs on where to park. Please turn on your headlights when turning onto Bear Gulch Road (West) and drive slow around corners. We also highly encourage carpooling whenever possible not only because it's good for the environment but also because of our limited parking spots. Thank you!

Children!
Our shows are typically suitable for minors ages ten and up, accompanied by an adult or guardian, unless otherwise noted. We ask that parents use their own discretion due to our intimate and outdoor venue.

And while we love babies and pet dogs, we cannot accomodate babes-in-arms or pet dogs on our property. As the nature of our venue is intimate, and there is no "outside space," we appreciate your understanding in our efforts to create a theatrical environment for our actors and audience. Thank you.



We've been producing shows at Theatre in the Woods annually since 2002. Our unusual and natural site in Woodside has encouraged us to choose and stage all kinds of plays. For more information about our history and past shows, please click on Our History and Our Shows.

Our site is a beautiful five acre collection of Oak, Douglas Fir, Redwood, California Bay and Madrone trees. You'll notice many old growth trees, including a mammoth redwood near Harrington Creek despite the fact that the entire area was heavily logged in the late nineteenth century. Harrington Creek is one of the natural headwaters to the San Gregorio watershed. To learn more about Woodside, please visit the Town of Woodside web site.