BritWeek Hosts Star-Studded Evening at The Wallis

Britweek 2016
BritWeek is the largest and most visible celebration of the creativity and innovation between the UK and the US. This year they will present an evening of Murder, Lust & Madness, directed and co-produced by noted Shakespeare expert and scholar, Louis Fantasia, to kick off BritWeek Los Angeles on April 23 at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.

“Shakespeare is every actor’s first love, “says BritWeek founder and chairman Bob Peirce, “and this wickedly delicious entertainment will show why as we honor the Bard’s understanding of human nature.”

Fantasia adds, “The 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death will be marked with celebrations, performances, lectures and discussions all around the Globe! Literally, all the world is still Shakespeare’s stage, and I am thrilled that we are kicking off this tenth anniversary year of BritWeek, with an evening of some of Shakespeare’s most passionate plays – Othello, Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream – in short, an evening of Murder, Lust & Madness in verse, prose, song and dance from William Shakespeare.”  More


LADC’s Shakespeare Youth Festival L.A. Kicks Off with VIP Party April 15

LADC stars and celebrities at their "A Mid-City Night's Dream" gala at Studio 11, November 9, 2014 Los Angeles, CA Photo credit: Paul Smith / Featureflash

LADC stars and celebrities at A Mid-City Night’s Dream gala at Studio 11, Nov 9, 2014 Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Drama Club launches its 10th Anniversary Season on April 15 with a VIP Party at Lyric Theatre & Voila on La Brea. As part of the event, children ages 7-17 from both South L.A and Hollywood will perform opposite Alex Kingston (Dr. Who) and Diedrich Bader (Veep) in comedic excerpts from Shakespeare’s plays. Following the performance, you’ll enjoy music, food, wine and visits from LADC’s young Players for some table-side Shakespeare.

You’ll also be invited to participate in the company’s 10 Seconds of Shakespeare campaign, where you’re given a line of Shakespeare’s text to speak into your phone and post online on their Wall of Fame.

This season of the Los Angeles Drama Club’s bi-annual Shakespeare Youth Festival L.A. runs April 16 – May 5 and coincides with the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. The four plays presented during the festival feature families disrupted by internal and external storms and re-united by time and forgiveness. The first to open is The Comedy of Errors on April 16 & 17 at Club Fais Do Do.  More

Just tell them “The Porters Sent You”

Year of the King - The Porters

The inventive players of The Porters of Hellsgate invite you to join them on March 12 for a celebration to raise funds for their 10th Anniversary Season, The Year of the King at Hollywood’s Bar Covell. This special season of theatre will include an ambitious interpretation of the Henry VI trilogy, encore readings of Richard II, Henry V, and Richard III, and a repertory production of the Henry IV plays. The party will take place in the “secret room” at Bar Covell in Los Feliz (4628 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 90027). Tickets include free food, beer, and wine, plus a raffle offering prizes sure to please.

Also part of the evening’s entertainment is something called “Hot Pepper Hamlet,” which will give guests the opportunity to compete for additional prizes — as well as acclaim for their artistry, humor, and fortitude. What is Hot Pepper Hamlet? I guess you’ll just have to buy a ticket and find out. More

Celebrate with Independent Shakespeare Co. at their SPRING FROLIC!

ISC Spring Frolic

Tickets are on sale now for Independent Shakespeare Co.’s annual Spring fundraiser Spring Frolic! on Sunday, April 26, 2015. Proceeds support the Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival, which provides free, professional theater to tens of thousands of Angelenos each summer. The show will feature your favorite ISC performers in scenes and songs along with appearances by special guests. Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell will also make introductory remarks and the company honors Tom LaBonge as part of the festivities. Come celebrate Spring with your friends at ISC!

Independent Shakespeare Co.
Sunday, April 26, 2015
2:00 Cocktails and music on the Barnsdall Art Park Plaza (outdoors)
3:00 Performance in the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre (indoors)
Tickets are $75 and include the performance and pre-show party.
Tickets: (818) 710-6306 or

Rogue Machine Theatre’s Annual Calendar, “The Bard Laid Bare”


Here’s another creative fundraiser, this time from Rogue Machine Theatre. Check out their 2nd Annual Benefit Calendar THE BARD LAID BARE…Gone Rogue!

The 2015 Nude Calendar features Rogue Machine Artists – in the buff – in battle and death scenes from Shakespeare’s plays including: Skylar Adams, Michael Antosy, Dana Lyn Baron, Andy Bean, Ava Bogle, Ron Bottitta, Ben Campbell, Rachel Clentworth, Daniel Coronel, Anna DiGiovanni, Brad Fleischer, John Flynn, Burt Grinstead, Santiago Guillen, Victoria Hoffman, Matt Jones, Christian Levatino, Joey Long, Jeff Lorch, Amanda Mauer, David Mauer, Ned Mochel, Justin Okin, Penny Orloff, Halei Parker, Will Rothhaar, Scott Sheldon, Yesenia Solis, Mark St. Amant, Tania Verafield, Tim Walker & Jules Wilcox.

All proceeds go toward new lighting & sound equipment. Calendars may also be purchased at the theater before & after performances. Bulk orders (five or more) get 20% off. To order your calendar, go to You’re welcome.

Bard Laid Bare

Dogs and Cats Steal Shakespeare Roles…Actors Furious!

From the creative folks at The Antaeus Company.
Now that’s a way to ask for donations.

Moving Toward Production – Ministers of Grace

Jordan Monsell has officially opened a Kickstarter campaign for Ministers of Grace: The Unauthorized Parody of Ghostbusters and you can get all the details HERE. Check out the latest from the creators of Pulp Shakespeare and get on the bus. Happy Monday!

Los Angeles Drama Club’s Mid-City Night’s Dream

LADC Gala 2014

Los Angeles Drama Club’s Annual Gala will celebrate Shakespeare in the City in the heart of Los Angeles’ Mid-City on November 9, 2014. Guests will experience LADC’s young Players (ages 7-16) performing Shakespeare opposite a select group of distinguished and celebrated actors. Encounter Shakespeare’s favorite characters, in a magical setting, tucked behind an ivy-covered wall in a dynamic neighborhood in our beautiful city. Here’s the rundown.

3:00: Doors Open  – “Good Company, Good Wine, Good Welcome …”

3:30: The Show –  featuring Company Members and Guest Artists, including Khandi Alexander, Ed Asner, Keith David, John Michael Higgins, Amy Hill, Alex Kingston, Yara Martinez, Laraine Newman, Mel Rodriguez, and Dylan Walsh.

5:00 The Feast – “Eight Wild Boars Roasted Whole.” Food, Drinks, and Joyful Noises with many surprises in store.

Location: Studio 11, 4621 W. Washington Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90016
Click Here for tickets and more information.

SCSF Announces The Court of the Lord Chamberlain

LA Summerfest SC

The Santa Clarita Shakespeare Festival returns to Rivendale Park in Towsley Canyon this summer for its fifth year and to mark the occasion will be announcing The Court of the Lord Chamberlain. The Court will honor those who have made a significant contribution to the arts in Santa Clarita, support of the Shakespeare Festival, or support of the growing LA SummerFest,

This year’s inductees, and the first to be inducted into the Court of the Lord Chamberlain, are: Los Angeles County Supervisor, Fifth District Michael Antonovich and Laurene Weste, the Mayor of Santa Clarita. The Lord Chamberlain was responsible for the patronage of the court. Shakespeare was supported by the court, and for a while wrote exclusively for the company of players named The Lord Chamberlain’s Men

The induction will take place during the opening night gala on Friday July 11. Tickets are $55 per person and include dinner, wine and & beverages, dessert and a special preview performance of the Shakespeare in the Park production of Cymbeline. In addition, community members may show their support of the honorees by making a donation as tribute to them. Click Here for more information about tickets and tributes.

All proceeds from the event support the free Shakespeare in the Park performances and the High School Summer Apprentice program. For more information go to

Join Shakespeare OC for a Star-Studded Night With The Stars on May 10

Come Saturday it will be a dark and stormy night as Shakespeare Summerfest OC kicks off its 2014 season with a Night With the Stars. Tickets are still available for this one-night-only event which features a celebrity cast, silent auction, raffle and much more.

Win an appearance on ABC TV’s The Middle or a Day Cruise for 15 on a 45 ft. Catamaran ▪ Scrubs signed by the cast of Grey’s Anatomy ▪ Tickets to South Coast Repertory, Shakespeare SOC or Chance Theater ▪ Dinner for 2 at Wyndham’s Silver Trumpet Restaurant ▪ a signed poster by artist James Dinh ▪ autographed copies of Babe and Airplane ▪  Lunch for Two at a Montage Resort Garden Party.

ShakesSOC flyer updated

Tickets begin at $25. After the show, meet the cast and crew during a private reception included in your ticket price ($60 Supporter Level). A limited number of premium tickets are available which also include a catered dinner with the cast before the performance and special stage seating. Call (714) 590-1575 or visit for tickets.

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