Santa Clarita’s Free Shakespeare Festival Opens with a Special Dinner with Henry


Summer is here and that means it’s time for Free Shakespeare in the park with the Santa Clarita Shakespeare Festival. This summer’s production is Henry IV part I and marks the fourth season at the Rivendale site in Towsley Canyon.

Henry IV offers so much more to audiences than just political machinations, and battles,” says Steve Whelan, director for the production. “It is also a family drama about Henry and his libertine heir Prince Hal who (often comically) has been led astray by the bumbling but paradoxically brilliant Sir John Falstaff.”

“It is a story audiences are familiar with and can related to,” say David Stears, producing artistic director for the company. “A father builds an empire, and wants his son to inherit it, but the son is off sowing his oats. Eventually he returns and becomes the leader he was meant to be.”

Performances are Saturdays and Sundays through July: 13, 14, 20, 21, and August 3 and 4th. All performances begin at 7 pm. Bring a blanket or a chair, a picnic and the family, and enjoy a wonderful production under the stars at the Rivendale site in Towlsey Canyon. You may want to bring a sweater, it can get chilly when the sun sets. Wine is available at the performances.

SCSF is also offering a special Dinner with Henry on Friday July 12th, 6:30 – 10:00 pm which will include Dinner, Wine, Dessert, and a special preview of Henry IV part I. Meet the director, cast, designers and crew, that makes it all possible. Dinner is provided by Outback Steakhouse, Valencia.

This is the second annual special preview dinner and performance of the summer Shakespeare in the Park series. All proceeds benefit the free Shakespeare in the Park performances. If you are unable to attend this year’s fundraising event, you can make a donation and support the free Shakespeare in the Park performances by clicking HERE.

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