Where to see Shakespeare around Los Angeles this fall

Looking for a way to get your Shakespeare fix now that summer is over? Check out what’s happening around Southern California below.

Advent Theatre has several more performances of Twelfth Night to benefit The North Hollywood Interfaith Food Pantry happening at First Christian Church of North Hollywood. Directed by Brett Elliott and Jason Rennie, performances run through October 14th (Friday, Saturday evenings, Sunday matinee). Ticket prices: General Admission $20, Students & Seniors $15, and Groups of 8 or more.

Griot Theatre of the West Valley previews Julius Caesar tonight and will continue its run through November 11, Thursdays through Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 3pm. Post-show discussions will be held with the actors and director following the performances on October 14 and 28. Bethel Encino 17500 Burbank Blvd. Encino, CA 91316. If you’re in Hollywood you can catch New American Theatre’s Julius Caesar at the McCadden Place Theatre through October 20. Also in Hollywood, The Production Company opens Henry VI, Pt 1 directed by Christopher William Johnson on Friday October 5th for a six week run at the company’s Lex Theatre.

Much Ado About Nothing is the next Shakespeare comedy that Zombie Joe and Denise Devin will take on during Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Company’s 20th Anniversary Season. Sundays at 7pm, October 14 – December 2. 4850 Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood. For tickets ($15) call 818-202-4120. The Porters of Hellsgate’s Measure For Measure continues its run through October 28 at the Whitmore Theatre in North Hollywood.

Cymbeline, Shakespeare’s greatest romantic fairy tale, has just opened A Noise Within’s 2012-13 Season in Pasadena. Directed by Bart DeLorenzo, it will continue to run through November 18. You can join the actors and director for post-show conversations following performances on Sunday, October 7 (2pm), Friday, October 26 (8pm), and Friday, November 16 (8pm).

In Santa Monica, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre brings Hamlet to The Broad Stage November 15 – 25, directed by Dominic Dromgoole and Bill Buckhurst. Norris Education Department in Rolling Hills Estates offers a student production of Love’s Labours Lost October 19 – 21 for four performances. Long Beach Shakespeare Company presents Hamlet in the Richard Goad Theatre through November 4th. 24th Street Theatre brings Canada’s international touring production, Nearly Lear, to LA Oct. 19 – 21. The one-woman adaptation of King Lear is presented by actor/clown Susanna Hamnett who plays all the characters and blends exuberant storytelling, music, and film with Shakespeare’s poetic text in a profoundly accessible and fun way. (Rated PG – ages 7+)

And up in Santa Cruz, a benefit performance of In Acting Shakespeare is being offered by Shakespeare Santa Cruz. Written and performed by James DeVita, directed by John Langs, it is freely adapted from the play Acting Shakespeare, originally compiled and written by Ian MacKellen for his 1987 tour of the USA. Sunday, October 14 at 2pm in the UCSC Mainstage Theater.


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. cindymariejenkins
    Oct 04, 2012 @ 11:19:08

    Reblogged this on Cindy Marie Jenkins and commented:
    Some great Shakespeare happens all the time in Los Angeles, and my client 24th ST Theatre has a very special engagement mentioned.



  2. Amy Porter
    Oct 06, 2012 @ 14:35:29

    I was actually in Hollywood last night for the Production Company’s opening of Henry VI Part I. I was so impressed! I’ll admit, at first I was a little iffy about seeing a “history” play. I thought it was going to be boring and dry. But I was so wrong. The Director, Christopher Johnson, is truly gifted. The whole cast was just amazing and the fight choreography was mind-blowing. Probably the best production I’ve seen in a very long time. And I’ve seen a lot! I would definitely recommend this show to anyone.



  3. shakes2011
    Oct 06, 2012 @ 16:24:01

    Great recommendation, Amy. And good for you for venturing out into something new!



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