Shakespeare by the Sea, Southern California’s premiere outdoor Shakespeare festival that’s admission-free and never too far, today announced plays and locations for its 26th season.
The festival will open at Point Fermin Park in San Pedro on June 22nd with Twelfth Night. Hamlet will open on June 29th. San Pedro performances continue until July 8. Touring performances to 12 parks in LA and Orange Counties will run July 9-August 3, before the festival returns to San Pedro for the Grand Finale on August 4 and 5.
This year, SBTS will present two of Shakespeare’s greatest works- Twelfth Night directed by Patrick Vest and Hamlet directed by Stephanie Coltrin.
“Twelfth Night and Hamlet are shows that we have produced before, of course,” says Co-Artistic Director Stephanie Coltrin, but we have never done them in the same season. They are such a good fit- in some ways these plays are mirrors of each other thematically but approach those themes in different ways. Bringing classical works to these parks ignites imagination, promotes literacy and encourages shared artistic expression. A night of Shakespeare under the stars creates a lifetime of memories for audiences and artists alike. SBTS becomes part of people’s individual stories through a shared experience.”
According to information released by Shakespeare by the Sea, the troupe will perform at Rush Park in Rossmoor on Sunday, July 16. The event starts at 7:00 p.m.