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California Shakespeare Theater

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My last class I ever took as an undergrad at UC Berkeley was Shakespeare. In fact my final semester... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Gerald R
Oakland, California
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Outstanding theatre

I have been going to Cal Shakes since the mid 90's. Not much has changed. Great theater company... read more

Reviewed February 6, 2018
Pleasant Hill, California
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100 California Shakespeare Theater Way, Orinda, CA 94563
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

My last class I ever took as an undergrad at UC Berkeley was Shakespeare. In fact my final semester Shakespeare was the only class I took as I had completed all my courses for my Art History major the previous semester. So I wanted to...More

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Reviewed February 6, 2018

I have been going to Cal Shakes since the mid 90's. Not much has changed. Great theater company, fantastic picnic grounds, and uncomfortable seating. Yes, I said uncomfortable seating. You can bring your own beach chair, (or maybe you can rent one....you'll have to check)...More

Thank silverlongjohn63
Reviewed August 28, 2017

They always produce at least two Shakespeare plays but they also do at least one revival and continue under new director Eric Ting to showcase local playwrights and important contemporary issues. Not to say they only do "important" plays, because that sounds pretentious, but for...More

1  Thank edwardsmom24
Reviewed August 23, 2017

Saw "Black Odyssey" here. Quality performance and quality venue. Entire property is outside. Beautiful setting; comfortable seats; great pre-performance dining (bring your own); excellent lines of vision. Definitely give it a try.

Thank kneel126
Reviewed June 3, 2017 via mobile

Saw the first show of the summer season, "As you like it". Great sets, wonderful staging and acting, but the venue always steals the show. Bring a picnic dinner before the performance, the stage looks out on the beautiful golden hills, truly a spectacular setting....More

Thank Philip C
Reviewed August 12, 2016 via mobile

Great live theatre under the stars. Saw a wonderful production of George Bernard Shaw's "You Can Never Tell", a comedy & very well cast & acted. Some caveats though: you are outside, and it can get COLD, even in the summer. You can rent blankets....More

1  Thank Sherry S
Reviewed July 13, 2016

This outstanding Theater company you cannot miss. It is not only incredible acting, but an event for the evening. Bring a picnic dinner and wine, to enjoy the summer evening before the performance, in the eucalyptus grove. Listen to the Dramaturge educate you about the...More

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Reviewed June 27, 2016 via mobile

Nice venue to catch some Shakespeare. Easy to park or take BART to Orinda and shuttle over. Pleasant arena and friendly staff.

Thank jsksOrinda
Reviewed June 27, 2016

"Much Ado About Nothing" with males playing female parts and females playing male parts. One word summary: confusing.

Thank RHA1936
Reviewed May 6, 2016

We have enjoyed many productions here over the years, and the acting is always fabulous! The venue is gorgeous, but can be chilly at night when the bay fog comes over the hill. As with all modern Shakespeare interpretations there may be a regrettable modernization...More

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