Globe On Screen: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Starring Jonathan Pryce

Globe On Screen returns to Southern California cinemas this fall with three productions recorded live at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London: The Merchant of Venice, Measure for Measure, and Richard II. Tickets are now on sale for The Merchant of Venice, starring Jonathan Pryce as Shylock, in his first appearance at the Globe. Joining her father on stage is Pryce’s daughter, Phoebe Pryce, who plays Shylock’s daughter, Jessica. Jonathan Munby directs.

The cast also includes Stefan Adegbola, Michael Bertenshaw, Philip Cox, Scott Karim, Ben Lamb, Daniel Lapaine, Christopher Logan, Dominic Mafham, Brian Martin, Dorothea Myer-Bennett, Regé-Jean Page, Rachel Pickup, and David Sturzaker. Original music is by Jules Maxwell, choreography is by Lucy Hind and the Designer is Mike Britton.

Additional screenings will be added in the coming months so check back periodically for updates.

The Merchant of Venice  ~ Measure for Measure  ~ Richard II
Recorded at Shakespeare’s Globe 2015

Tickets and more info: Globe On Screen
Running time: Approximately 2hrs 45mins including one intermission

Merchant - Globe on Screen

Christopher Logan (Prince of Aragon) and Rachel Pickup (Portia) All photos by Manuel Harlan

Merchant - Globe on Screen

Jonathan Pryce as Shylock

Merchant - Globe on Screen

Rachel Pickup & Dorothea Myer-Bennett (Nerissa)




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Jonathan Pryce and Dominic Mafham (Antonio)


Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival Presents Measure for Measure for the First Time

Measure-for-MeasureThis summer, the Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival at California Lutheran University will feature Measure for Measure for the first time in its 19 years, directed by Michael J. Arndt. First staged in 1604, the play reflects important issues in Shakespeare’s day including immorality and accompanying diseases, the rise of a conservative Puritan movement and mistrust of rulers. Though it contains many comic scenes and characters, the play deals with the darker issues of retribution, justice and mercy.

The Kingsmen production is set in the Montmartre district of Paris in the late 1890s. The political atmosphere in Paris was sharply divided between an ultraconservative Christian faction on the right and a socialist faction on the left. The artists and other residents of the Montmartre were held in poor regard although many of the wealthy bourgeois visited the prostitutes and clubs like the Moulin Rouge. The Kingsmen play will begin with a Moulin Rouge-type show featuring cancan dancers.  More

Photo Flash: Off The Rails, Shakespeare Wild West Style

Off the Rails

L-R: Román Zaragoza (Alexie), Ted Barton (General Gatt), Shaun Taylor-Corbett (Momaday), Duane Minard (Grandfather), Robert Vestal (Pryor) and the cast of Native Voices at the Autry’s Off The Rails. All photos by Craig Schwartz © 2015

Off the Rails

Elizabeth Frances (Isabel) and Michael Matthys (Angelo)

Off the Rails

Ted Barton (B’stard) and Robert Vestal (Pryor)


Casting Announced for Off the Rails, a Wild West Measure For Measure


Continuing its role as the only Equity theatre company dedicated to developing new work by Native American artists, Native Voices at the Autry presents Off the Rails by Randy Reinholz (Choctaw*). A bawdy and irreverent adaptation of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure set in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West, the production is presented as part of Native Voices at the Autry’s 2014–2015 season, themed “Legacy and Loss: Stories From the Indian Boarding School.”

“In Off the Rails I’ve relocated Shakespeare’s conflicts to the American frontier. We see love, righteousness, faith, and mercy compete for provenance in the foundation of a country. Adapting Shakespeare for a Native theatre company provides the structure and historical distance needed to explore why so much of the Native American story is missing from U.S. history,” said Reinholz, Native Voices Producing Artistic Director. More

Audition Update: Native Voices Adaptation of Measure for Measure

Hello Everyone,

Shakespeare in LA is still on hiatus until December 15 but I wanted to let you know about an audition notice for Native Voices at the Autry’s upcoming production of Off the Rails, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure by Randy Reinholz. Similar in structure but with re-imagined plot twists and a new setting in the American West, the play is Shakespeare meets Blazing Saddles. All auditions will take place at the Autry, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA 91914 unless otherwise noted.

Open Call: Friday & Saturday Dec. 12 &13, 2014 (Noon – 4:30 pm)

Callbacks: Sunday, Dec. 14 (location TBA) and Monday, Dec. 15, 2014 at the Autry (Noon – 4:30 pm)

Equity Auditions: Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015 (9:00 – 5:00 pm)

Equity Callbacks (if needed): Sunday & Monday Jan. 4 & 5, 2015
(10:00 am – 4:30 pm)

Rehearsals: February 3-24 (Tuesday-Sunday);
Previews: February 25-26;
Run: February 27-March 15 (Thursday-Saturday 8pm; Saturday-Sunday 2pm)

Please prepare two contrasting monologues – 3 minutes (include Shakespeare for the roles of Angelo, Isabel, Momaday, Madame Overdone, General Gatt, McDonald, Alexie, Elbow, Sheriff). All characters will sing. Mariana and Caitlin must be legit singers. LEGIT SINGERS prepare 16 bars a cappella. Please bring 2 copies of your headshot and resume. BreakdownMore

Native Voices’ Measure For Measure Featured in Festival of New Plays

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Staged Reading of Measure for Measure, Oct 2013. Photo credit: Kalani Queypo.

Native Voices at the Autry, America’s leading Native American theatre company, continues its tradition of excellence, developing plays by new and established Native American playwrights during its annual Playwrights Retreat and Festival of New Plays. The weeklong event culminates in free staged public readings of three intriguing new works at the Autry National Center in Los Angeles and at La Jolla Playhouse.

This year’s Festival will include an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Measure For Measure by Randy Reinholz (Choctaw*), There Is No “I” In NDN by Jennifer Bobiwash (Ojibway*), and Our Voices Will Be Heard by Vera Starbard (Tlingit/Dena’ina*). The plays are in various phases of development, ranging from initial stages to near completion. Native Voices is the nation’s only Equity theater company dedicated exclusively to the development and production of new plays by Native American playwrights.

MEASURE FOR MEASURE is directed by Chris Anthony with dramaturgy by Robert C. Caisley. In Reinholz’ new play, love, righteousness, faith and mercy compete for provenance on the frontier when an Indian boarding school, Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show and the local town and saloon inhabitants collide over the fate of a young Native teenage boy unjustly sentenced to death.  More

Native Voices’ Measure for Measure: An Indian Boarding School Comedy

Randy Reinholz NVNative Voices at the Autry, the country’s only equity theatre company dedicated exclusively to developing the work of Native American playwrights will present a free staged reading of Measure for Measure: An Indian Boarding School Comedy Thursday, Oct. 24 at 7:30 pm in the Wells Fargo Theater. It is a bawdy adaptation of Shakespeare’s play set in the Old West by Randy Reinholz (Choctaw), founder and producing artistic director of Native Voices at the Autry (pictured right).

The reading is part of Native Voices’ signature FIRST LOOK SERIES: Plays in Process, which brings playwrights together with professional directors, dramaturgs, and actors for a workshop and public presentation at the Autry, providing an important next step in the play’s development. It will be followed by an audience Talk-Back with Reinholz, director Chris Anthony (associate artistic director of The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles) and dramaturg Robert Caisley (associate professor and head of dramatic writing at the University of Idaho).  More

First Look: USD Graduate Theatre Program’s Measure for Measure

Adam Gerber as Claudio and Whitney Wakimoto as Isabella in the Old Globe/University of San Diego Graduate Theatre Program production of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure. Photos by Jeffrey Weiser.

Left to right: Matthew Bellows as Angelo, Christopher Salazar as Duke Vincentio and Whitney Wakimoto as Isabella. 

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Ray Chambers
November 10 – 18, 2012
The Old Globe
In San Diego’s Balboa Park, 1363 Old Globe Way
For tickets ($19) visit

The Old Globe/USD Graduate Theatre Program Presents Measure For Measure

The Old Globe has announced the cast and creative team for The Old Globe/ University of San Diego Graduate Theatre Program presentation of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure, opening November 10 at 8pm and running through November 18. Directed by Ray Chambers, tickets can be purchased at or by calling (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the Box Office. A joint venture of The Old Globe and the University of San Diego, the Master of Fine Arts in Dramatic Arts program nationally recruits seven students each year to participate in an intensive two-year, year-round course of graduate study in classical theatre. For additional information, visit www.globemfa.orgMore

The Porters of Hellsgate Offer a Solid Measure For Measure

Jacques Freydont (Escalus) and Justin Michael Terry (Angelo)

For good or bad, the true measure of a man can be seen in his actions when he thinks no one is looking. It’s a notion that The Porters of Hellsgate explore in Shakespeare’s Measure For Measure, the company’s current offering at the Whitmore Theatre in North Hollywood. The outing is a solid effort, more darkly insistent than comic, emphasizing the oppressive overtones in the play. The resulting interpretation makes an unmistakable statement about one’s personal responsibility in the face of authority, especially when that power is being wrongly interpreted.  More

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