Shakespeare at the Bowl (Plus a discount on tickets!)

Shakespeare at the Bowl
Summer Shakespeare under the stars? In Hollywood that can only mean that it’s time for Shakespeare at the Bowl — two performances only, August 30 and September 1, at the Hollywood Bowl. On these joyous evenings, actors from Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre will perform classic scenes from the playwright’s best works, directed by Iqbal Khan, adapted by the Globe’s music director, Bill Barclay.

Bramwell Tovey conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a program that includes:

KORNGOLD: Much Ado About Nothing Suite, Op 11
SCHMITT: Antoine et Cleopatre Suite No. 1
BERLIOZ: Roméo et Juliette: Queen Mab Scherzo
TCHAIKOVSKY: Romeo and Juliet, Fantasy Overture

Our friends at the Bowl have also got a great deal for you on tickets. Get 20% off with the exclusive discount code SHAKESPEARE! Tickets are available now at Shakespeare at the Bowl.


Shakespeare in the City Players Present Antony and Cleopatra

LA Drama Club - Cleopatra

Los Angeles Drama Club’s Shakespeare in the City Players will present Antony and Cleopatra on May 16 & 17 at Fais Do Do. The production combines elements of history, comedy, romance and tragedy, and will incorporate music and movement. As they have done with past productions Hamlet, Macbeth and Richard III, the roles of Antony and Cleopatra will be divided among two Players, to explore the different aspects of the characters. By reserving your “pay what you can” ticket online ahead of time, you’ll receive a free welcome kit and are guaranteed a seat. Tickets will sell out to standing room capacity.

Shakespeare in the City is continuing to develop its ongoing Performing Arts Troupe in the West Adams/Mid-City area. Through free and low-cost classes and workshops, they identify and nurture young motivated performers and provide them with the space to experience the camaraderie of an arts community, the skills to meet the challenges of the creative process, and the opportunity to develop a new sense of assurance, autonomy and self-motivation. These opportunities are geared to children and youth, ages 7 – 16, and involve them in all aspects of acting, theater, and Shakespeare, culminating in periodic performances for the community.

May 16 & 17, 2015 at 2:00 pm
Los Angeles Drama Club at Fais Do Do
5253 W. Adams Blvd.

Shakespeare Youth Festival Begins April 25

Los Angeles Drama Club - Much Ado

Los Angeles Drama Club announces its annual Shakespeare Youth Festival Los Angeles, just in time for Shakespeare’s 451st birthday. The Season kicks off with Much Ado About Nothing and Troilus and Cressida, and closes with the epic, Antony and Cleopatra. Each production features a creative take on Shakesepeare’s original play with a cast consisting of children and youth of Los Angeles.

Troilus and Cressida is Shakespeare’s most experimental and sophisticated play about the “heroes” of the Trojan War and will swing wildly between acidic, bawdy comedy and dystopian desperation. The company has set Much Ado About Nothing, a popular comedy with unsettling overtones, in 18th Century California, early Mission Era. Antony and Cleopatra stars the children from Shakespeare in the City — in Mid-City. Click Here for reservations.

Performance Schedule
Troilus and Cressida: April 25, 26, May 2, 3 at 3:30 pm
The Lyric Theatre, 520 N. La Brea. Tickets are $10.

Much Ado About Nothing: April 25, 26, May 2, 3 at12:30pm
The Lyric Theatre, 529 N. La Brea. Tickets are $10.

Antony and Cleopatra: May 16, 17 at 2:00 pm
Club Fais Do Do, 5253 W. Adams 90016. Free for the public.

For more information, visit

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Noted as the “youngest Shakespeare Troupe in the United States,” Los Angeles Drama Club has been mounting full productions of the Bard’s plays since 2004, where it began in the garden of L.A’s “Brookledge” – the private theatre in Mid-Wilshire that later became The Magic Castle. Drama Club’s founder, Blaire Baron Larsen, is part of the Founding Family of the renowned Hollywood Landmark. The youth-centric arts & literacy program was recently honored as local Community Champions by PBS and is part of a documentary that aired on the same network.

Long Beach Shakespeare Company’s Season of Spectacle

LBSC - Antony and Cleopatra

Long Beach Shakespeare Company kicks off its Season of Spectacle with two of Shakespeare’s most famous lovers in Antony and Cleopatra beginning February 27. Mark Antony struggles with his passion for the world’s most desirable woman, his political power, and his honor as Cleopatra battles to keep her lover and Egypt. Featuring beautiful costumes, live music, exotic dancing, and pirates. February 27 – March 21, 2015 (Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm) at the Richard Goad Theatre. Tickets: (562) 997-1494 or

LBSC will also present a number of additional events to celebrate Shakespeare’s Birthday month including the return of their Speaker Series. Whether you are new to Shakespeare or a long-time fan, the goal of this series is to bring you closer to Shakespeare and his work.  More

Shakespeare Uncovered: Antony and Cleopatra with Kim Cattrall

Shakespeare Uncovered

Next on Shakespeare Uncovered, Kim Cattrall goes back 2000 years to explore the epic love story between a Roman General and an Egyptian Queen, two of the most powerful people in the world. She says theirs was an almost sadistic love affair and although she has played Cleopatra twice, she still has questions about the woman.

Did Cleopatra die for love or politics, and how much of the real Cleopatra lives in Shakespeare’s play, are two of the questions she examines in this episode. Dame Janet Suzman, who received critical acclaim for her earthy, sexual portrayal of Cleopatra in 1974 at the Royal Shakespeare Company, and also in a televised version of the play, says what we’re watching is the destruction of a relationship and that’s much more interesting than the love story.  More

Review: Hollywood Meets Fascist Italy in Kingsmen’s Antony and Cleopatra

Kingsmen - Antony and Cleopatra

Shad Willingham and Cynthia Beckert as Antony and Cleopatra with Dekyi Ronge (Charmian)and Natasha Buran (Iras)

It’s all about the love story in Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra and this one has at its core the epic romance of the ages – Mark Antony and the notorious Queen of the Nile – two dramatic individuals consumed with passion of whom much has been written. It’s a perfect choice for Kingsmen Shakespeare Company’s final offering of the 2014 summer season and delivers another lovely night of Shakespeare under the stars just a short drive up the 101 to Thousand Oaks.

Kingsmen’s production is set in the 1930s where two distinct worlds emerge: Cleopatra’s Egypt, done up in the image of the Golden Age of Hollywood, and Mark Antony’s Rome, seen here as Mussolini’s fascist Italy. They are as different as night and day in director John Slade’s artful vision and his design team has done a beautiful job of making each one ring with authenticity on the company’s outdoor festival stage.  More

Shad Willingham and Cynthia Beckert to Star in Antony and Cleopatra

Kingsmen - Antony and Cleopatra

Shad Willingham and Cynthia Beckert

The Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival will feature Antony and Cleopatra for the first time during its 18th annual season. Shakespeare’s classic historical tragedy will be performed Saturdays and Sundays July 18 – August 3 in scenic Kingsmen Park at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks. The festival grounds open at 5:30 pm for picnicking and pre-show entertainment begins at 6:25 pm.

The play focuses on the great love story of the Egyptian queen Cleopatra and the Roman general Marc Antony. The Kingsmen production, under the direction of award-winning director and actor John Slade of Ojai, is set in the fascist world of the 1930s amid the clash of cultures and a treacherous world of shifting alliances.  More

CTL Reading Series Sunday: Antony and Cleopatra


Classical Theatre Lab Announces Reading Series

Classical Theatre Lab kicks off its staged reading series with Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra on Sunday, November 18. Readings are free and open to the public and reservations are recommended. Here’s a look at the complete schedule:

Sunday, November 18, 2012 – 7pm
ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA by William Shakespeare
Directed by Stuart W. Howard
At The Lounge Theater
6201 Santa Monica Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90038

Sunday, December 16, 2012 – 2pm
Directed by Christopher Cappiello
At The Lounge Theatre
6201 Santa Monica Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90038

Saturday, January 19, 2013 – 4pm
Directed by Louis Fantasia
At Buena Vista Library
300 N. Buena Vista St.
Burbank, CA 91505

Reservations are encouraged by calling 323-960-5691. For more information about Classical Theatre Lab go to

An Audience Experiment – Antony and Cleopatra at A Noise Within

Susan Angelo (Cleopatra) & Geoff Elliott (Antony). Photos: Craig Schwartz

I have been thinking about the production of Antony and Cleopatra I attended at A Noise Within recently. It is one of Shakespeare’s works I had not seen before as few companies take on this particular play with its swift changes of location, numerous battle scenes, and larger than life central figures. I was looking forward to seeing how it would transfer from the page to the stage, especially the wonderful new stage at A Noise Within. It seemed a good fit for a story with such a huge scope. But in the days leading up to seeing Antony and Cleopatra, I had another thought.  More

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