Summer Theater Festivals Return to LA

“All the worlds a stage, and all the men and women merely players.” William Shakespeare returns again this summer with his poetic words and epic tales. Enjoy the fresh summer air as you take in some of Shakespeare’s most famous works.

The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum Summer Repertory Season

Annual summer season of Shakespeare and the Classics set in a rustic, outdoor amphitheatre located in a natural canyon ravine. Picnickers are welcome.
When: June – October, various times
Where: Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum
1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga
Cost: $10-$45
Info: 310-455-3723, www.theatricum.com

Free Shakespeare in Griffith Park (formerly at Barnsdall Art Park)

The internationally recognized Independent Shakespeare Co. brings several of Shakespeare’s works to a larger venue at Griffith Park for a summer season of free outdoor performances. Bring a picnic, a blanket, your family and friends, and enjoy a perfect evening at the theater.
When: End of June to End of August Thurs – Sun 7:00 p.m.
Where: Festival Stage, Griffith Park Old Zoo, 4730 Crystal Springs Drive, LA 90027
Cost: FREE
Info: 818-710-6306, www.iscla.org

La Canada Flintridge Shakespeare Festival

The La Canada Flintridge Shakespeare Festival is part Shakespeare and part original works inspired by Shakespeare.
When: End of June through July, Thurs – Sun 8:00 p.m.
Where: Byrnes Amphitheater, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, (former Biltmore Hotel) 440 St. Katherine Dr, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011
Cost: $12-$29, festival passes available
Info: www.vanguardrep.com

West Hollywood Summer Performing Arts Series

The Classic Theatre Lab’s free Shakespeare performances at Plummer Park. Reservations are recommended.
When: 2011 TBA Sat-Sun 5 pm
Where: Plummer Park, Fiesta Hall Courtyard, 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90046
Cost: FREE
Info & Reservations: (323) 960-5691, www.classicaltheatrelab.org

Culver City Summer in the Park

Actor’s Gang family friendly Shakespeare Saturday and Sunday mornings in Culver City’s Media Park.
When: Sat & Sun in August, 11 am
Where: Media Park, 9070 Venice Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232 (corner of Culver next to the Ivy Substation)
Cost: FREE
Info: 310-838-GANG (310-838-4264), www.theactorsgang.com

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