More Shakespeare at the Huntington Fun

Bard Meets Beatles

On Friday, April 17, join The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles and SCLA’s Will Power to Schools program for a performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, presented by students from East LA Performing Arts Magnet High School. It’s the Bard Meets the Beatles in this magical journey through one hard day’s night staged on Mr. Huntington’s beautiful back porch. There will be a reception at 5:00 pm and the performance begins at 5:30 pm. The Huntington Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA 91108. [Reservations currently at capacity]

Then on Saturday, April 18, it’s Shakespeare Day at the Huntington. Stop by the SCLA booth between 11:00 am – 3:00 pm and create something unique with Shakespeare’s words. Feeling sweet? Devise a compliment to stir your true love’s heart. Feeling salty? Create an insult to give your next incident of road rage a theatrical flair.

Gardens 1

Also from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, Independent Shakespeare Co. will be performing scenes from some of Shakespeare’s best-loved plays in locations throughout the grounds. The family-friendly day includes interactive workshops and craft activities (like the one described above) for exploring Shakespeare and his world. Cost: Free with admission to The Huntington. For more information call (626) 405-2100 or go to

Huntington 2014

Shakespeare Conference: Rethinking Shakespeare in the Social Depth of Politics

Shakespeare HuntingtonThe Huntington Library will host a two-day Shakespeare conference Friday and Saturday, April 17 – 18: Rethinking Shakespeare in the Social Depth of Politics. Cost is only $25 (free for students). The “new social history” has exploded the myth that the culture of Shakespeare’s society was one of obedience. In this special event, social historians and literary critics will reposition his works in the culture wars of the period, and reassess Shakespeare’s presentation of power and authority. Space is still available but seating is limited.

Sessions include:
Popularity and Popular Politics in Early Modern England
• Popularity and its Discontents: Staging Politics on the Shakespearean Stage
• Popularity and the Arts of Rhetoric: Julius Caesar in Context

Conceptualizing Commoners and Social Struggle
• Rehearsing the Plebeians: The Classical and the Topical in Coriolanus
• Shakespeare’s Overview: Did He Have Any Theory of English Historical Development?

Class Rebellion in Henry VI Part Two
• Brave minds and hard hands: Drama and Social Relations in the Hungry 1590s
• The Plebeians Revise the Uprising: What the Actors Made of Shakespeare’s Jack Cade

Women, Labor, and Food Production
• Shakespeare’s English Comedies and the Dialogue with Social History
• Know your food: Titus Andronicus and the Local

Shakespeare and Tudor Institutional Change
• As full of grief as age: Geriatric Poverty, the Poor Law, and King Lear
• Shakespeare and the Military Revolution: The Social and Cultural Weapons of Reformed War

Citizen Skepticism and Political Agency
• The lean, unwashed artificer: Shakespeare’s Missing Magna Carta
• The Speaking Silence of Citizens in Shakespeare’s Richard III

* * * * * * * * *

The Huntington’s collections include world-class holdings of early quarto and folio editions of Shakespeare, including his First Folio from 1623, plus a great deal of material relating to the history, politics, and social history of the period. The Huntington Research Library attracts many Shakespeare scholars from around the country.

Rethinking Shakespeare in the Social Depth of Politics
April 17- 18, 2015, 8:30 am –5:00 pm
Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
Rothenberg Hall
1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA 91108
Click Here for registration form
Click Here for more information or email

Shakespeare in the Gardens, Huntington Style

Shakespeare SculptureHave you ever been to the Shakespeare Garden? Located on the grounds of The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, it is a lovely respite from the city where you’ll find many of the flowers and plants Shakespeare mentions in his plays. Landscape architect Ralph Cornell designed the original garden in 1959 to help visitors understand the relationship between Shakespeare’s art and the plants. Next to each of them is a plaque that quotes the relevant line or verse. Look for:

“It was the nightingale, and not the lark, That pierc’d the fearful hollow of thine ear; Nightly she sings on yond pomegranate-tree…” from Romeo and Juliet, Act III, Scene V

“There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance….” from Hamlet, Act IV Scene V

…as well as primroses and cowslips, mentioned in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Citrus aurantium, the ‘Chinotto’ orange, mentioned in Much Ado About Nothing, and the “Apothecary Rose,” the red rose of Lancaster and the white Rose of York, from Henry VI. Before you leave make sure you get a photo with the bust of William Shakespeare among the green.

If you visit on April 12 from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, you can see Independent Shakespeare Co. perform scenes from some of Shakespeare’s best-loved plays in different locations throughout the grounds during Shakespeare in the Gardens. The family-friendly event includes interactive workshops and craft activities for exploring Shakespeare and his world. General Admission into the Huntington is the only cost.  More

%d bloggers like this: