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A Midsummer Night's Dream
Topanga California Theater Event

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Event DateSunday, June 2, 2024
End DateMonday, September 23, 2024
NameA Midsummer Night's Dream
Address1419 N Topanga Blvd.
Topanga, CA 90290
Brief DescriptionTheatricum’s signature production is audience favorite
CategoryTheater Events
DescriptionCelebrated for lively, expansive productions by William Shakespeare that fill the outdoor stage and spill over into the surrounding woods, Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum brings back its signature production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, an audience favorite year after year, beginning June 2. There’s no better way to watch Shakespeare come alive than by spending a summer afternoon or evening at Theatricum's spectacular amphitheater, carved into a rustic hillside in Topanga.

Shakespeare’s delightful romantic comedy is a perennial favorite at Theatricum, where the set design remains unrivaled by any other theater — because it's the real thing. Prepare to be transfixed as the most magical outdoor setting in Los Angeles is transformed into an enchanted forest inhabited by lovers both fairy and human, a world of wonder, magic, romance and comedy where misunderstandings and the pain of unrequited love are resolved through midsummer night revelries and the enduring power of nature

Theatricum Botanicum has been named “One of the 50 Coolest Places in Los Angeles” by Buzz magazine, “One of Southern California's most beguiling theater experiences” by Sunset magazine, and “Best Theater in the Woods” by the LA Weekly. “The enchantment of a midsummer night at Theatricum Botanicum [makes it] crystal clear why audiences have been driving up into the hills since Theatricum’s maiden season way back in 1973. Summer Shakespeare doesn’t get any better than this,” writes StageSceneLA. Says Los Angeles magazine, “The amphitheater feels like a Lilliputian Hollywood Bowl, with pre-show picnics and puffy seat cushions, yet we were close enough to see the stitching on the performers costumes. Grab a blanket and a bottle and head for the hills.” In 2017, Theatricum was named “one of the best outdoor theaters around the world” by the Daily Beast.

Theatricum’s beginnings can be traced to the early 1950s when Will Geer, a victim of the McCarthy era Hollywood blacklist (before he became known as the beloved Grandpa on The Waltons), opened a theater for blacklisted actors and folk singers on his property in Topanga. Friends such as Ford Rainey, Della Reese, Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie joined him on the dirt stage for vigorous performances and inspired grassroots activism, while the audiences sat on railroad ties. Today, two outdoor amphitheaters are situated in the natural canyon ravine, where audiences are able to relax and enjoy the wilderness during an afternoon or evening's performance.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream opens on Sunday, June 2 at 3:30 p.m., with performances continuing through September 23; a prologue (pre-performance) sdiscussion is set for Thursday, Aug. 29 from 6:30 p.m.–7 p.m.

Tickets to performances range from $15 to $48. Premium seating is available for $60. Children 4 and under are free. Pay What You Will ticket pricing, funded by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, is available on Monday, Sept. 23 at 7:30 p.m. (available online the week of the performance or cash at the door).

Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum is located at 1419 North Topanga Canyon Blvd. in Topanga, midway between Malibu and the San Fernando Valley (*Please note: Topanga Canyon Blvd is currently closed between the theater and PCH. To access Theatricum from the Valley, exit the 101 at Topanga Canyon Blvd. South.)

The amphitheater is terraced into the hillside, so audience members are advised to dress casually (warmly for evenings) and bring cushions for bench seating. Patrons are welcome to arrive early to picnic in the gardens before a performance.

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Phone 1(310) 455-3723
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Last Updated6/1/2024
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