With summer in full swing, it’s time for locals and visitors alike to head outdoors and enjoy what the city has to offer. One exciting event that Los Angeles offers during the summertime is Shakespeare at the Park. The event is held annually at Griffith Park, which is also known for its varied hiking trails, pony rides for kids and the location of the Griffith Observatory.
During the summer season, the Independent Shakespeare Co, holds two Shakespeare performances on rotation throughout the summer. This season, the company will perform A Midsummer Night’s Dream through September 2nd. Starting on July 28th, Titus Andronicus will be performed in rotation through September 1st. While you may have read the play’s in high school, here’s a brief recap. In a Midsummer Night’s Dream, you might not be sure where reality ends and dreams begin. Mythical Fairies and lovers on the run converge in a deep forest outside of Athens. When their worlds collide, hilarious chaos ensues and only a little bit of magic can put these right again before the sun rises.
If you love “Game of Thrones”, you’ll love Titus Andronicus, one of Shakespeare’s first big hits. Titus is a Roman General who has just returned from war triumphant. In his stead he brings back Tamora, Queen of the Goths as his prisoner. What ensues is a story of political endeavors, temptation and vengeance as good as any Game of Thrones episode you’ve seen. This play is not recommended for young audience members. All Shakespeare performances taking place at Griffith Park are FREE though donations are accepted. Feel free to bring a blanket as well as a picnic dinner to enjoy some food while watch the show! A concession tent will also be available where you can purchase treats, kettle corn, hot and cold beverages and more. Enjoy the show!