It’s summer and there’s no shaking Shakespeare on LA stages. The kids might think seeing Shakespeare seems like schoolwork, but there really is nothing like watching his work performed live.
The first of two productions of “Twelfth Night” occurs at Theatricum Botanicum (theatricum.com) during its summer repertory season. “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” – a Theatricum favorite – is the other production taking place on select nights into September. $10-$42
The second “Twelfth Night” is the opening play in the Independent Shakespeare Company L.A. free summer season running through Sept. 1 at Griffith Park’s Old Zoo Stage (iscla.org/festival-2019). The Theatricum’s and ISCLA’s productions add music to Shakespeare’s popular comedy, and the ISCLA has set its “Twelfth Night” in the Jazz Age. ISCLA’s “Twelfth Night” runs through July 21 and is followed by “Pericles,” an epic adventure involving romance, pirates and Greek gods. Pre-show activities include a family night before “Twelfth Night” July 14.
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The Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival (kingsmenshakespeare.org) is staging the lighthearted “The Merry Wives of Windsor” through July 14, followed by “Richard II” (recommended for ages 9 and up) July 19-Aug. 4 on the Cal Lutheran campus in Thousand Oaks. $25 adults, free for children.
Shakespeare by the Sea (shakespearebythesea.org) will cover lots of territory with its free performances through mid-August – from Whittier to Santa Ana to Encino. Productions include “Henry V” for older kids, plus the more kid-friendly “The Comedy of Errors.”