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California Shakespeare Theater

100 California Shakespeare Theater Way, Orinda, CA 94563
+1 510-548-9666
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Best outdoor theater

Saw the first show of the summer season, "As you like it". Great sets, wonderful staging and... read more

Reviewed 4 June 2017
Philip C
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Great Theatre

Great live theatre under the stars. Saw a wonderful production of George Bernard Shaw's "You Can... read more

Reviewed 12 August 2016
Sherry S
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100 California Shakespeare Theater Way, Orinda, CA 94563
+1 510-548-9666

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Reviewed 4 June 2017 via mobile

Saw the first show of the summer season, "As you like it". Great sets, wonderful staging and acting, but the venue always steals the show. Bring a picnic dinner before the performance, the stage looks out on the beautiful golden hills, truly a spectacular setting....More

Thank Philip C
Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

Great live theatre under the stars. Saw a wonderful production of George Bernard Shaw's "You Can Never Tell", a comedy & very well cast & acted. Some caveats though: you are outside, and it can get COLD, even in the summer. You can rent blankets....More

1  Thank Sherry S
Reviewed 13 July 2016

This outstanding Theater company you cannot miss. It is not only incredible acting, but an event for the evening. Bring a picnic dinner and wine, to enjoy the summer evening before the performance, in the eucalyptus grove. Listen to the Dramaturge educate you about the...More

Thank CaribBeachLady
Reviewed 27 June 2016 via mobile

Nice venue to catch some Shakespeare. Easy to park or take BART to Orinda and shuttle over. Pleasant arena and friendly staff.

Thank jsksOrinda
Reviewed 27 June 2016

"Much Ado About Nothing" with males playing female parts and females playing male parts. One word summary: confusing.

Thank RHA1936
Reviewed 6 May 2016

We have enjoyed many productions here over the years, and the acting is always fabulous! The venue is gorgeous, but can be chilly at night when the bay fog comes over the hill. As with all modern Shakespeare interpretations there may be a regrettable modernization...More

Thank vwheato
Reviewed 15 March 2016

This is an amazing place to go on a summer night...you can picnic (bring your own or buy there), and sit outdoors under the stars and watch wonderful productions. Definitely a repeat performance place for our family!

Thank Kesslane
Reviewed 7 March 2016

A beautiful setting for an outdoor theater; all the potential in the world. Yet, every production I've seen there has disappointed. The last, Lear, was just awful. Shakespeare's most powerful tragedy...which they played for laughs. Terrible direction. This company consistently tries to "accommodate" Shakespeare for...More

Thank Jeffrey0228
Reviewed 12 October 2015

Four of us went to the last performance of Shakespeare's King Lear, which happened to be the last CalShakes presentation of the 2015 season. I am giving the experience a higher rating than I might have if based only on the play. The setting is,...More

Thank Judith D
Reviewed 18 July 2015

This is a wonderful location to see a play, especially with all of the new renovations. First of all, the setting in the hills is beautiful! The light on the hills as the sun goes down is stunning. Just be sure to wear layers and/or...More

Thank EBTravelGirl
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