Free Shakespeare in Griffith Park Begins this Weekend

portray Romeo and Juliet in the first shows of the Griffith Park season.
Erika Soto and Nikhil Pai portray Romeo and Juliet in the first shows of the Griffith Park season. Photo by Mike Ditz.

Free Shakespeare in Griffith Park rolls out again this summer beginning this Thursday through Sunday, June 25-28 in a production of Romeo and Juliet by the Independent Shakespeare Company. Pack your picnic baskets and wine, dig out the beach chairs and blankets, and head over to the Old Zoo in Griffith Park for a sumptuous evening under the stars.

Adolescent bliss spins out of control in this imaginative and surprising staging of the most famous love story ever told. This new adaptation incorporates an original rock score and design that is equal parts fairy tale and punk. Live music and athletic performances create a Romeo and Juliet that explodes off the Griffith Park stage and features Erika Soto and Nikhil Pai as the star-crossed lovers.

The free performances are staged every Thursday through Sunday at 7 pm throughout the summer.

Romeo and Juliet: June 25 through July 26 (no July 4 performance)

Much Ado About Nothing: July 30 through August 30

  • All performances are free, but donations encouraged and accepted.
  • Chairs need to have legs 3″ or shorter
  • No dogs or pets
  • Bring something warm to wear!

Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival on the web.

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About Julie Grist

Julie co-founded the Larchmont Buzz with fellow buzzer Mary Hawley in 2011 and served as Editor, Publisher and writer for the hive for many years until the sale of the Buzz in August 2015. She is still circling the hive as an occasional writer.

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