Dec 21 - Dec 23 2017
The Long Beach Shakespeare Company will present the classic 1939 radio edition of A Christmas Carol. It was originally produced by Orson Welles for his Campbell's Playhouse (which is what The Mercury Theatre on the Radio became after The War of the Worlds broadcast. The Mercury Theatre saved their weekly series from cancellation with the success of that broadcast, and won a sponsor, Campbell's Soup). This Christmas broadcast was an annual tradition, first performed on Christmas Eve, 1939, starring Lionel Barrymore as Scrooge.
Jan 28 2018
SHAKESPEARE IN THE GOLDEN STATE 2PM FREE EVENT RESERVATIONS ARE RECOMMENDED. Along with the pioneers, prospectors, immigrants, and adventurers who headed west in the 19th century came a stowaway named William Shakespeare. He arrived in California by several routes: the printed book, the stage, and in the everyday spoken language to which he contributed so many words, images, and famous speeches. Professional actors followed, performing on the makeshift stages of mining camps and in the ornate theaters of our growing cities. (The earliest recorded performance of a Shakespeare play in California was Richard III in 1847.) Later, as the film industry shifted to Los Angeles, Shakespeare thrived in the silent era, when many of the actors drew on their earlier stage repertoires. In the modern era, too, Shakespeare is alive and well in offshoots that reset his plots in a different time, place, or cinematic idiom. For Hamlet with Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp in Tombstone, Arizona, try My Darling Clementine (1946); for The Taming of the Shrew in a contemporary high school, see 10 Things I Hate About You (1999); for Romeo and Juliet among the zombies, see Warm Bodies (2013). This talk will consider the amazing diversity and durability of Shakespeare’s impact on the culture of California.
Feb 23 - Mar 17 2018
John, King of England, was the son of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine. He ruled in troubled times when England and France battled for supremacy. Shakespeare’s play was one of his most popular during Victorian times, partly because of its spectacle and pageantry. Today, however, it’s a rarely performed gem, and LBSC is pleased to present it to see what you, our audience, think of it. In 1942, George Orwell described it: “With its intrigues and doublecrossings, non-aggression pacts, people changing sides in the middle of a battle, and what-not, it seemed to me extraordinarily up to date.”
Mar 25 2018
FREE EVENT RESERVATIONS ARE RECOMMENDED. Falstaff And His Critics Come and learn from USC's Professor Lemon why Falstaff is one of Shakespeare's most popular characters! Falstaff is arguably Shakespeare’s most popular character. One Shakespeare critic calls him "a kind of god in the mythology of modern man," while another writes “When we are wholly human . . . we become most like either Hamlet or Falstaff." This talk considers the praise of Falstaff next to the critiques against him, as a Vice character or a Machiavel. What do we make of this larger than life figure, and how do we assess his friendship with Prince Hal, who begins by funding Falstaff's drinking but ends in abandoning his friend? And if Prince Hal banishes him, what might Queen Elizabeth have found so appealing in this beloved "white bearded Satan" and an "abominable misleader of youth"?
Apr 07 - Apr 15 2018
LBSC will celebrate Shakespeare’s Birthday Month of April with Old-Time-Radio presentations of Queen Elizabeth I’s favorite Shakespearean character (and his greatest comic creation), Falstaff! We’ll see Falstaff with Prince Hal in his first appearance in Henry IV, Part 1.
FLEX PASS CARD
The ultimate in flexibility and convenience. This ‘open’ pass is redeemable for 10 tickets to the Richard Goad Theatre. Attend 10 individual performances throughout the season (Jan-Dec 2018), or bring a companion to five performances, or use your pass for one or two family nights out…it is good for any combination amounting to ten tickets. It's up to you! Just call the Theatre at least 48 hours in advance of the performance you would like to attend to reserve your seats. Price: $100
Mini Flex Pass
The Mini pass is $50 for 4 entries to the theatre.
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