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California Shakespeare Theater

100 California Shakespeare Theater Way, Orinda, CA 94563
510.548.9666
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Ranked #2 of 4 attractions in Orinda
Type: Theaters
Most recent review
- Jul 4, 2014
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Orinda, California, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

We have been season subscribers for many years. Cal Shakes' productions are of excellent quality, with some of the best talent in the Bay Area and beyond. They typically do two Shakespeare plays and 2 works of other playwrights each season. The venue is beautiful, and there are no bad seats. We love to picnic in the lower grove prior... More

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florida
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34 reviews 34 reviews
4 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

We attended one of the preview performances of The Comedy of Errors. This organization knows how to do a Shakespearian comedy! The beautiful outdoor setting on a quiet wooded hillside is a delight. Just be sure to dress warmly.

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Martinez, California, United States
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105 reviews 105 reviews
43 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

3=meets, 4=exceeds, 5=rare. The reputation of CalShakes precedes it, so it's a tall order for this attraction to exceed expectations. The production values and acting are of the highest level. There is just so much talent around the Bay Area. As others have pointed out it is a fairly intimate and informal outside venue. The actors are unamplified, as far... More

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Oakland, California
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7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

My wife and I are season ticket holders. This is a real jewel tucked into the hills of the East Bay Municipal park district. The Brun amphitheater is very cozy, intimate. Every seat offers a great experience. The plays are professionally done, very interesting mix of shows. History, Comedy, Shakespeare, Broadway. The shows are often purposely relevant to curren events... More

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Santa Rosa, California
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90 attraction reviews
207 helpful votes 207 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

We were a group of six friends out for an evening of fun and friendship. The picnic grounds are plentiful, tables and trees. We were able to get in the shade. While we were eating a member of the theatre company gave a talk about the evenings performance. Very interesting and with a fun spin. We were able to enjoy... More

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San Francisco Bay
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012

I have been to a variety of performances here over the years. The actors never fail! They are quite an experienced lot, know how to project their voice in this outdoor auditorium. The directing is also imaginative, and the productions quite interesting. They have renovated the public areas lately, with a new cafe and restrooms. There is a picnic area... More

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2012

Take your own food and enjoy the special atmosphere of the picnic area. Shortly before the performance, a brief talk is available to those who wish to partake. The amphitheatre itself can be very cold...it caught us out, but blankets are available if you have not brought sufficient layers of your own. The performance? We saw Hamlet...an outstanding one.

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San Rafael, CA
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

Cal Shakes has top notch theater, and you get to sit outside in the Bruns Amphitheater. We saw Blithe Spirit (Noel Coward) and were 100% pleased. Classic Catering's food offerings are less than classic, however, and we recommend you bring your own picnic food to eat in the lovely surroundings. Cookies and popcorn and drinks are fine, tho. Also if... More

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EastBay Ca
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81 reviews 81 reviews
20 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2012

Spunk! The Play. This is the 2nd time I have visited Cal Shakes and I have not been disappointed. It was a lot colder, so we rented blankets at the concession stand. It was $2.00 suggested donation. :-) It did make us more comfortable. The stage was set-up beautifully. The actors are very talented. Their voices are beautiful. The "Guitar... More

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Monterey, California
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69 reviews 69 reviews
36 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2012

The grounds of this newly renovated theater are beautiful. The performances are great. However, some sections require you to either bring your own chair or rent an uncomfortable chair for an additional $3. The last time I went, I don't know if it was because my chair was new, but my butt was sore only a few minutes into the... More

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