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 21st 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 11 & Thursday, July 12 at Valley Park. This year the traveling troupe has chosen two of William Shakespeare’s most intriguing plays, The Merry Wives of Windsor and The Winter’s Tale.
“Jealousy is a common thread that runs through both productions this season – but how it’s handled by Shakespeare’s characters is as different as chalk and cheese,” says Producing Artistic Director, Lisa Coffi, “however both plays come full circle with forgiveness, resolution, and a sense that they’re all moving on to embrace what comes next. A relatable theme for all of us – any age, any ethnicity, any background.”
For 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 Merry Wives of Windsor will tour to 17 locations, beginning and ending at its home stage at Point Fermin Park. In repertory with The Winter’s Tale, SBTS will perform in 23 locations total. 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. Both Friday (8/17) and Saturday’s (8/18) performance at Point Fermin start at 8 p.m. and 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
2018 SBTS South Bay Schedule
|Jun 14-16, 28, 30/Jul 6/Aug 18 ||The Merry Wives of Windsor||Point Fermin Park, San Pedro|
|Jun 21-22, 23, 29/Jul 5, 7/Aug 17||The Winter’s Tale||Point Fermin Park, San Pedro|
|July 8||The Merry Wives of Windsor at 7pm||Hesse Park, Rancho Palos Verdes|
|July 11||The Winter’s Tale at 7pm||Valley Park, Hermosa Beach|
|July 12||The Merry Wives of Windsor at 7pm||Valley Park, Hermosa Beach|
|July 20||The Merry Wives of Windsor 7pm||Marine Mammal Ctr., San Pedro|
|July 27||The Winter’s Tale at 7pm||Wilson Park, Torrance|
|July 28||The Merry Wives of Windsor at 7pm||Wilson Park, Torrance|
|July 29||The Merry Wives of Windsor at 7pm||Terranea Resort, Rancho PV|
|August 10||The Winter’s Tale at 7pm||Polliwog Park, Manhattan Beach|
|August 11||The Merry Wives of Windsor at 7pm||Polliwog Park, Manhattan Beach|
|August 15||The Winter’s Tale at 7pm||CSU Dominguez Hills, Carson|
|August 16||The Merry Wives of Windsor 7pm||CSU Dominguez Hills, Carson|
|August 17||The Winter’s Tale at 8pm||Point Fermin Park, San Pedro|
|August 18||The Merry Wives of Windsor 8pm||Point Fermin Park, San Pedro|
Image / Page Update by Scott Hayes ([email protected]), press release provided by SBTS.