Believe it or not, the community driven, grant funded organization that barnstorms our local parks with professional theatre quality interpretations of England’s best known bard every summer, Shakespeare by the Sea, is currently in their 22nd season. A true gift for all ages since the cost of admission is free and there maybe no other form of entertainment as personable as watching live actors perform under the wits of public space and open air. Shakespeare by the Sea returns this summer with it’s first Hermosa Beach performances Wednesday, July 10 & Thursday, July 11 at Valley Park. This year the traveling troupe has chosen two of William Shakespeare’s most intriguing plays, The Comedy of Errors and Henry V.
The Comedy of Errors is a classic romp of mistaken identity! Two young visitors arrive in the city unaware that their long-lost twins already live there. Over the course of a single day, everything that can go wrong does go wrong: a marriage at breaking point, a missing gold chain, an unpaid debt, and a dubious arrest.
Henry V is Shakespeare’s most patriotic and inspiring play tells of a young King Henry V who seeks to unite his beloved England. After laying claim to French lands and being ridiculed, Henry marches off to war. Although sorely outnumbered, Henry rallies his troops and achieves a decisive victory in the famous Battle of Agincourt.
For over twenty years, Southern California audiences have come to love Shakespeare by the Sea for its high value productions of Shakespeare’s plays, presented free of admission in dozens of local parks each summer. The Comedy of Errors and Henry V will tour to more than 20 locations, beginning and ending at its home stage at Point Fermin Park in San Pedro. The festival has become a family favorite event, entertaining more than 20,000 folks each year who come to enjoy Shakespeare under the summer sky.
The closing venue for Shakespeare by the Sea’s summer run offers a little paid-pampering for those that prefer stage-side dining in what is called the Bard’s Box. It is a premium ticket that includes the following according to SBTS website:
“Premium reserved cushioned seating with blankets to keep you warm. A boxed festival meal of your choice with bottomless beverages and a mouthwatering array of tasty treats available at our intermission dessert bar. It’s a great way to make the most of Shakespeare by the Sea!”
Bard’s Box tickets are $65 and and can be purchased online with the first two performances at Point Fermin (6/15 & 6/22) starting at 8 p.m. It is a good idea to get there early with chairs and blanket in hand.
All performances are free to the public. The tour has become a much-anticipated event each summer, drawing a collective audience of nearly 25,000 each summer to enjoy Shakespeare under the sky. www.shakespearebythesea.org
2019 SBTS South Bay Schedule
|June 13, 14, 15, 27, 29, July 5,||The Comedy of Errors at 7pm||Point Fermin Park, San Pedro|
|June 20, 21, 22, 28, July 6,||Henry V at 7pm||Point Fermin Park, San Pedro|
|Sunday, July 7||The Comedy of Errors at 7pm||Rancho Palos Verdes Civic Center|
|Wednesday, July 10||Henry V at 7pm||Valley Park, Hermosa Beach|
|Thursday, July 11||The Comedy of Errors at 7pm||Valley Park, Hermosa Beach|
|Friday, July 26||Henry V at 7pm||Wilson Park, Torrance|
|Saturday, July 27||The Comedy of Errors at 7pm||Wilson Park, Torrance|
|Sunday, July 28||The Comedy of Errors at 7pm||Terranea Resort, Rancho Palos Verdes|
|Friday, August 9||Henry V at 7pm||Polliwog Park, Manhattan Beach|
|Saturday, August 10||The Comedy of Errors at 7pm||Polliwog Park, Manhattan Beach|
|August 16 at 8pm ||Henry V at 8pm||Point Fermin Park, San Pedro|
|August 17 at 8pm||The Comedy of Errors at 8pm||Point Fermin Park, San Pedro|
Image / Page Update by Scott Hayes ([email protected]), press release provided by SBTS.