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


See The Royal Ballet’s THE WINTER’S TALE – One Night Only

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Fathom Events invites you to experience the powerful tale of a family’s destruction when The Winter’s Tale is screened in select cinemas nationwide on Tuesday, February 17.

Following his delightful full-length ballet Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Christopher Wheeldon continues his highly successful collaboration with designer Bob Crowley and composer Joby Talbot to create his first ballet based on a Shakespeare play, The Winter’s Tale. The story follows the destruction of a marriage through consuming jealousy, the abandonment of a child, and a seemingly hopeless love. Yet through remorse and regret – and after a statue comes miraculously to life – the ending is one of forgiveness and reconciliation. It is powerful material for ballet, with a story that allows for the portrayal of intense emotions between and within the characters, and the opportunity for the Company to create not just new central characters but the whole world around them.

Click Here for complete information about The 2014/15 Royal Ballet Cinema Season.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
7:00 pm (local time)
Run Time: 2 hours 25 minutes (approximate)

Review: The Porters of Hellsgate Weave a WINTER’S TALE

Porters - The Winter's Tale

Michael Mitchell Hoag and Thomas Bigley

The Winter’s Tale is not the easiest of Shakespeare’s plays to stage. It must believably present a story sharply divided into two parts set in two different countries with drastically contrasting tones, and pull off an ending that resolves them by way of magic or a well-concealed plot, based on whichever point of view the director takes. The violence of the first half of the play in Sicilia (winter) melts away in the pastoral beauty of Bohemia (spring) in the second, where the story continues sixteen years later before reuniting the past and present and absolving the sins of a repentant king.

In Sicilia, King Leontes (Thomas Bigley) has accused his pregnant wife Hermione (Kate O’Toole) of sleeping with his best friend, Polixenes (Evan Isaac Lipkin), King of Bohemia. The good queen is innocent but there is no reasoning with Leontes, who places her on trial and sets out to have his friend murdered and the child destroyed. His rashness results in the deaths of his firstborn son Mamillius (Sasha Pasternak), Hermione, and even his loyal servant, Antigonus (Sean Faye), who is mauled to death offstage following one of Shakespeare’s most famous stage directions, “Exit pursued by a bear.”  More

The Winter’s Tale is #19 for The Porters of Hellsgate

Porters of HellsgateThe Winter’s Tale marks the halfway point for The Porters of Hellsgate as the company continues toward its goal of producing all 38 of Shakespeare’s accepted plays. This 19th production will open at The Actors Forum Theatre in North Hollywood on October 18 and run through November 15. Fully embracing the fairy tale quality of Shakespeare’s story of jealousy and the redemptive power of love (and an infamous bear), this production will be staged quite literally between the pages of a book as The Porters set out to enchant even the most stone-hearted of theatergoers.

Associate artistic director Thomas Bigley will star as Leontes and this will also be resident artist Jesse James Thomas’ first outing as a director for The Porters. Thomas previously assistant directed The Merry Wives of Windsor in 2012. This production will also feature a bear.

October 18 – November 15, 2014
(No performance on Halloween night October 31)
The Actors Forum Theatre
10655 Magnolia Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91601
Information line/voice mail (818) 325-2055
Tickets: $20 online; $25 at the door
Run time: approximately two hours with one intermission.

MELISSA ARCTIC, Based on The Winter’s Tale, Opens at the Road On Magnolia

Melissa ArcticThe Road Theatre Company will present the west coast premiere of Melissa Arctic based on Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, written by Craig Wright and directed by Scott Alan Smith at the Road On Magnolia in North Hollywood Beginning Sept. 26.

Melissa Arctic is Craig Wright’s re-imagining of The Winter’s Tale, where romance and joy are resurrected from grief through the redemptive power of art. Set against the backdrop of small town Minnesotan life, the lives of barber Leonard Mattson (Leontes) his wife Mina (Hermione), and their childhood friend and successful industrialist Paul (Polixenes) are forever changed when jealousy and suspicion arise and a series of coincidences occur.

The cast will feature Joe Hart, Michael Dempsey, Stephan Smith Collins, Laurie Okin, Elizabeth Sampson, Hannah Mae Sturges, Lockne O’Brien, Coronado Romero, Tom Musgrave, and Samantha Salamoff and Alexa Hodzic who will alternate in the role of Time.  More

Review: The Old Globe’s The Winter’s Tale

The Winter's Tale - The Old Globe

L-R: Paul Michael Valley (Polixenes), Billy Campbell (Leontes), and Natacha Roi (Hermione). Photos by Jim Cox.

It is one of the most wondrous moments in all of Shakespeare’s plays; the moment near the end of The Winter’s Tale when the statue of Hermione comes to life. Whether it is magic, divine intervention, or merely the resolution of a well-concealed plot, it doesn’t matter. It never fails to leave me with a catch in my throat and a feeling of awe at the ability of theatre to engender so affecting a response.


Billy Campbell to Star in The Old Globe’s THE WINTER’S TALE

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Paul Michael Valley (Polixenes), Natacha Roi (Hermione), and Billy Campbell as Leontes. Photos by Jim Cox.

The Old Globe has announced the complete cast and creative team for Shakespeare’s spellbinding romance The Winter’s Tale. Acclaimed stage and screen actor Billy Campbell returns to the Globe following performances in productions of Much Ado About Nothing (2003) and The Comedy of Errors (1997). Campbell currently stars as Dr. Alan Farragut on the new SyFy Channel drama Helix. He is perhaps best known for his lead role on the series Once and Again, for which he received a Golden Globe Award nomination, and the cult favorite film The Rocketeer. Artistic Director Barry Edelstein will direct The Winter’s Tale. The production will run Feb. 8 – March 16, 2014 with opening night set for Thursday, Feb. 13 at 8:00 pm. More

Shakespeare for the Winter Solstice


A bit of history for your viewing pleasure.

In honor of the winter solstice, here is a 12 ½ minute 1910 silent film version of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale with scenario by Lloyd F. Lonergan and Gertrude Thanhouser, and featuring a cast that included Anna Rosemond (Queen of Sicilia), Martin Faust (King of Sicilia), Frank H. Crane (King of Bohemia), Amelia Barleon (Princess of Sicilia), Alfred Hanlon (Prince of Bohemia). Original music composed and performed by Raymond A. Brubacher.

Audition Update: The Old Globe, Pacific Repertory Theatre

THE OLD GLOBE is holding AEA auditions in Los Angeles on January 3, 2014 for is 2014 summer season which includes Othello, Two Gentlemen of Verona and Quartet. Auditions will be held at Screenland Studios, 10501 Burbank Blvd. in North Hollywood from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Sign in begins at 9:00 am. Please prepare (2) one-minute contrasting monologues. Performers of all ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to attend. For complete casting information, go to

PACIFIC REP in Carmel, CA is holding EPA auditions for its 2014 Main Stage Season on January 6, 2014. Auditions will take place at Pacific Repertory Theatre, Cassanova St. between 8th and 9th in Carmel, CA 93922 in the Circle Theatre from Noon – 6:00 PM. For an audition appointment call (831) 662-0100, Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. The season includes The Winter’s Tale, Venus in Fur, Evie’s Waltz, and The Servant of Two Masters. Please prepare 2 contrasting pieces (1 classical preferable). Performers of all ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to attend. For more info go to or

THE WINTER’S TALE, Indoors at The Old Globe

The Winter's Tale - Old GlobeBarry Edelstein brings Shakespeare back indoors at the Globe for the first time in over a decade when he directs Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, featuring original music by Michael Torke, February 8 – March 16, 2014. Shakespeare’s sublime late masterpiece sweeps breathtakingly from jealousy, rage, and loss to redemption, reconciliation, and, finally, wonder. Along the way it visits kings and queens, a singing street hustler, dancing shepherds, a most extraordinary statue – and one notoriously hungry bear. A profound exploration of the simple miracles in life and the forces that shape them: love, friendship, and forgiveness.There will be a FREE Insights Seminar featuring a panel of artists from the show on Monday, February 10 at 7:00 pm and a Post-Show Forum with cast members February 18 and 25 and March 5. Tickets start at $29. Opening night is February 13.

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