April 25, 2018

Theatricum’s Celebration of Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday, July 26


The day will be highlighted by the presentation of a commemorative plaque by British officials.

TOPANGA, CA—Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum is throwing a party to celebrate Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday on Saturday, July 26—and everyone is invited.

Even more exciting, Queen Elizabeth I and William Shakespeare will join the United Kingdom’s Deputy British Consul Barbara Greene; British Council West Coast director Simon Gammell, OBE; L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky; and Rev. Dr. Paul Edmondson and Dr. Paul Prescott of “Shakespeare on the Road,” to present Theatricum, one of only 14 American festivals selected for the road trip, with a commemorative plaque in recognition of the company’s deep commitment to continuing Shakespeare’s legacy in America.

Sculpted by artist Greg Wyatt, the plaque includes wood from Shakespeare's garden in Stratford-upon-Avon and will be mounted permanently on the theater’s grounds. Representing the University of Warwick and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, “Shakespeare on the Road” is making a 60-day road trip to Shakespeare festivals across the U.S. to document American celebrations of the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth.

During their visit to Theatricum, Drs. Edmondson and Prescott will interview staff, teachers, students and performers, as well as attend repertory performances of Lear, All’s Well That Ends Well and Much Ado About Nothing.

The grounds open at 1:30 p.m. for merriment and refreshments, including jugglers, wandering musicians, madrigal singers and complimentary birthday cake and beverages. Admission to all afternoon activities (including birthday cake and beverages) is free. Scheduled performances on July 26 include All’s Well That Ends Well at 4 p.m. and Lear at 8 p.m. Drs. Edmondson and Prescott will offer a brief commentary on All’s Well That Ends Well prior to the performance.

TICKETS: Each performance requires a separate ticket purchase: $37 (lower tier); $25 (upper tier). Tickets for seniors (60+), students, military veterans and AEA Members are $25/$15; children (7-12) pay only $10. Admission for children six and under is always free.

Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum is located at 1419 North Topanga Canyon Blvd. in Topanga, midway between Malibu and the San Fernando Valley. For more information: 310-455-3723; or www.theatricum.com.


•1:30 p.m.—Birthday Party activities. Jugglers, wandering musicians, madrigal singers, complimentary birthday cake and beverages.

• 2:30 p.m.—Brief comments from special guests including Queen Elizabeth I; William Shakespeare; UK Deputy British Consul Barbara Greene; British Council West Coast director Simon Gammell, OBE; and L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky.

• 3 p.m.—“Shakespeare on the Road” presents Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum with a commemorative plaque, sculpted by artist Greg Wyatt.

• 3:30 p.m.—Pre-performance comments about All’s Well That Ends Well by Drs. Edmondson and Prescott of “Shakespeare on the Road.”

• 4 p.m.—Performance of All’s Well That Ends Well.

• 8 p.m.—Performance of Lear.

The outdoor amphitheater at Theatricum Botanicum is terraced into the hillside of the rustic canyon. Audience members are advised to dress casually (warmly for evenings) and bring cushions for bench seating. Snacks are available at the Hamlet Hut, and picnickers are welcome before and after the performances.