Guide to Shakespeare by the Sea 2017

Shakespeare by the Sea 2017 is returning with its free programming in parks throughout Los Angeles and Orange Counties
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Los Angeles has plenty of performing arts centers at which to see theater, but sometimes you're looking for things to do outside—especially during the summer months. Shakespeare by the Sea has honed into that and has been producing Shakespearean plays in outdoor spaces, from parks to amphitheaters, since 1998. Every year since then it has expanded to more cities throughout Southern California, including spots in L.A. and Orange Counties and beyond. Here's everything you need to know about Shakespeare by the Sea 2017. 

What is Shakespeare by the Sea?

Shakespeare by the Sea is a nonprofit founded by Lisa Coffi that provides free outdoor theater to Southern California residents. 

How much does it cost?

We know, you're not used to theater being free, but Shakespeare by the Sea has been free since its inception, though donations are much appreciated—and needed.

Where does Shakespeare by the Sea take place?

The productions take place all over Southern California, with the longest run in San Pedro. You can see a full schedule for Shakespeare by the Sea 2017 below.

What productions are showing this year?

This year, Shakespeare by the Sea is presenting Shakespeare's Macbeth and The Taming of the Shrew. Macbeth, directed by Stephanie Coltrin, is a tragedy believed to have been written in 1606 and is about political ambition and power. The Taming of the Shrew, on the other hand, is a comedy written around 1590 and directed here by Cylan Brown.

What should I bring? 

Each venue is different: some will have seating, other will suggest bringing lawn chairs or blankets. The venues (unless otherwise noted) allow outside food and drink for picnicking, however, Shakespeare by the Sea normally sells snacks and drinks on site in case you don't want to schlep a basket. 

One last tip: Wear layers! The shows normally start out in the heat of the day, but once the sun goes down it can get chilly.

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Shakespeare by the Sea's 2017 venues

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San Pedro: Point Fermin Park

The Taming of the ShrewJune 15, 16, 17, 29; July 1, 7; Aug 19 at 8pm
MacbethJune 22, 23, 24, 30; July 6, 8; Aug 18 at 8pm

There is bench seating available, or you can bring your own chairs and blankets. 807 W Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro

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Aliso Viejo: Soka University

The Taming of the Shrew: Aug 9 at 7pm

Bring blankets or chairs for seating. 1 University Drive, Aliso Viejo

 

 

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Beverly Hills: Roxbury Park

The Taming of the Shrew: Aug 10 at 7pm 

Bring blankets or chairs for seating. 471 Roxbury Dr, Beverly Hills

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Carson: CSU, Dominguez Hills

Macbeth: Aug 2 at 7pm

Bring blankets for seating and wear layers. 1000 E Victoria St, Carson

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Encino: Los Encinos State Historic Park

The Taming of the Shrew: Aug 5 at 7pm

Bring blankets or chairs for seating. 16756 Moorpark St, Encino

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Hermosa Beach: Valley Park

Macbeth: July 12 at 7pm
The Taming of the Shrew: July 13 at 7pm

Bring blankets for seating—this venue on a hill, so we'd suggest leaving lawn chairs at home. 2521 Valley Dr, Hermosa Beach

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Huntington Beach: Central Park

Macbeth: July 20 at 7pm

Bring blankets or chairs for seating. 18000 Goldenwest St, Huntington Beach

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Lakewood: Monte Verde Park

The Taming of the Shrew: July 14 at 7pm

Bring blankets or chairs for seating. 4626 North Shadeway Rd, Lakewood

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Laguna Niguel: Crown Valley Park

The Taming of the Shrew: Aug 13 at 7pm

Bring blankets or chairs for seating. 29751 Crown Valley Pkwy, Laguna Niguel

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Long Beach: Cesar E. Chavez Park

Macbeth: July 30 at 7pm

There is some seating, but bring blankets or chairs if desired. 401 Golden Ave, Long Beach

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Manhattan Beach: Polliwog Park

Macbeth: Aug 11 at 7pm
The Taming of the Shrew: Aug 12 at 7pm


Bring blankets or chairs for seating. 1601 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach

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Mission Viejo: Saddleback College

Macbeth: July 15 at 7:30pm
The Taming of the Shrew: July 16 at 7:30pm

Bring blankets or chairs for seating. Located in the campus' upper quad. 28000 Marguerite Pkwy, Mission Viejo

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Rancho Palos Verdes: Hesse Park

The Taming of the Shrew: July 9 at 7pm

Bring blankets or chairs for seating. 29301 Hawthorne Blvd, Rancho Palos Verdes 

Rancho Palos Verdes: Terranea Resort

Macbeth: Aug 17 at 7pm

Terranea has stricter rules than other SBTS venues. First, parking will likely cost you $10, unless you're lucky enough to find a street spot. There is no outside food allowed, but there will be a cash bar an picnic cuisine available onsite. Bring blankets or chairs for seating. 100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes

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Rossmoor: Rush Park

Macbeth: July 22 at 7pm
The Taming of the Shrew: July 23 at 7pm


Bring blankets or chairs for seating. 3021 Blume Dr, Los Alamitos 

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Rowland Heights: Peter F. Schabarum Regional Park

The Taming of the Shrew: July 19 at 7pm

Bring blankets or chairs for seating. The stage will be around 200 yards down Powder Canyon Rd. 17250 Colima Rd, Rowland Heights

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San Pedro: Marine Mammal Care Center

The Taming of the Shrew: July 21 at 7pm

Bring chairs to sit on (no grassy area on site here). 3601 S Gaffey St, San Pedro

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Seal Beach: Eisenhower Park

The Taming of the ShrewAug 6 at 7pm

Bring blankets or chairs for seating.
Ocean Ave at the Pier, Seal Beach

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Santa Ana: Birch Park

Macbeth: July 27 at 7pm

Bring blankets or chairs for seating. 210 N Birch St, Santa Anita 

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South Pasadena: Garfield Park

Macbeth:August 4 at 7pm

Bring blankets or chairs for seating. 1000 Park Ave, South Pasadena

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Torrance: Wilson Park

Macbeth: July 28 at 7pm
The Taming of the Shrew: July 29 at 7pm

Bring blankets or chairs for seating. 2200 Crenshaw Blvd, Torrance

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Whittier: Adventure Park

Macbeth: Aug 16 at 7pm

Bring blankets or chairs for seating. 10130 Gunn Ave, Whittier

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Woodland Hills: Warner Center Park

The Taming of the Shrew: Aug 4 at 7pm

Bring blankets or chairs for seating. 5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd, Woodland Hills

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