Kingsmen Shakespeare Company
Dear Friends of the Kingsmen Shakespeare Company,
The last few weeks have quickly caused all of us to drastically alter our day-to-day
activities. For the theatrical community, it has meant a rethinking of what and how
we do our art form. Theatre relies on human interaction in a communal setting. Right
now, that is not possible. We’ve cancelled Kingsmen’s very successful Shakespeare
Educational Tour (SET) because of school closings. We have postponed our Actors Equity
EPA auditions for the summer Festival. Though the current situation is challenging,
the arts have also been a source of brightness in these dark times. From Italian opera
singers singing arias on their balconies to free virtual museum tours to solo in-home
performances by major music artists to actors reading children’s stories online, to
the many streaming opportunities of watching dramatic content, the arts provide comfort,
joy, and solace as they unite us as human beings. Know that Kingsmen Shakespeare
continues to be committed to our mission of “presenting professional programs and
performances of the works of William Shakespeare for the education and entertainment
of people of all ages.”
In 1606, Shakespeare’s Company, the King’s Men was forced by the bubonic plague to
close the Globe Theatre and his players toured the towns and villages in England’s
countryside where the plague had not reached. Yet, in the midst of this horror,
when thousands of the citizenry of London died, Shakespeare wrote some of his best
work: Macbeth, King Lear, and Antony and Cleopatra. The theatre survived and the plays were eventually performed again in London.
The Board of Directors and the artistic leadership of the Kingsmen Shakespeare Company
take the safety and well-being of our audiences very seriously. We are currently paying
close attention to governmental guidelines and will abide by them as well as the
guidelines put forth by our host, California Lutheran University. We still intend
to produce a 2020 Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival but at this time we are not certain
what that may look like. There may be video content coming from us soon. We appreciate
your patience and support as we consider our options. We are not going anywhere. Like
Shakespeare, we know that we will return with some of our best productions yet.
Thank you and stay well.
Ernie Sandlin, Chair of the Kingsmen Shakespeare Board of Directors
Michael J. Arndt, Artistic Director
Timothy Hengst, Executive Director
JUNE 26 - JUNE 28
JULY 2 (Thursday), JULY 3, 5
JULY 10 - JULY 12
Macbeth is one of the most performed tragedies in the history of theatre. A compelling tale
of treachery and violence set in a world of witches and ghosts, Macbeth engages audiences with soaring poetry, stage combat and some of Shakespeare’s most
memorable characters. Kingsmen’s production marks the third time the play has been
performed in Kingsmen Park.
THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA
JULY 17 - JULY 19
JULY 24 - JULY 26
JULY 31, AUGUST 1, 2
One of Shakespeare’s early comedies, The Two Gentlemen of Verona satirizes youthful love with all of its excesses, betrayals and heartache. The play
uses many of the comic devices found elsewhere in Shakespeare — a woman disguising
herself as a man, an outlaw band in the forest, mistaken identity, and the outrageous
actions of comic servants — all to entertain and delight.
* Due to unknown factors surrounding the COVID-19 virus, and our community being asked
to self-isolate, all 2020 season individual ticket and lawn box sales have been placed on hold. Please check back here for updated information. *
Season Package SPECIAL Available in the early Spring
A Shakespearean Steal!
The season package offers a 50% reduction in service fees when ordering for both shows
in the same transaction. We hope that you join us for Macbeth and The Two Gentlemen of Verona this coming summer!
ticket sales on hold
Online Ticketing - Available March 2, 2020
Lawn Box ranges from $100.00 – 120.00. A lawn box will accomodate 4-6 adults (only 1 ticket is required for a party up to 6 people). Please view the lawn box seating requirements here.
General Admission at the door is $25 for adults, $20.00 for seniors (over 62), active
military $20.00, and $15 for students (over 18 with ID). Youth under 18 are still FREE of charge. For more information about the festival be sure to visit our Frequently Asked Questions Page.
GENERAL ADMISSION SPECIAL
Purchase your general admission ticket online to save 10% off your ticket price!
TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA