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California Shakespeare Theater

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Address: 100 California Shakespeare Theater Way, Orinda, CA 94563
Phone Number: 510.548.9666
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Beautiful Theater

We love attending events here. The beautiful Oaks behind the stage make everything feel inspired. Its fun to bring a picnic and eat outside before the play starts. Any event... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 20, 2014
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mybeach101
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123 reviews 123 reviews
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98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

We love attending events here. The beautiful Oaks behind the stage make everything feel inspired. Its fun to bring a picnic and eat outside before the play starts. Any event here would be special. We attended Mike Daisy's production of Hamlet and then also Macbeth. We loved both shows and the venue was superb. This is a memorable place to... More 

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Calgary
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67 reviews 67 reviews
10 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

We had no idea it would be so beautiful. We bought tickets for a Mat Kearney concert thinking it would be a big amphitheater. instead we had a magical night in a small, intimate venue. With the hills in the background any performance would be fantastic just for the aesthetics.

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McLean, Virginia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
14 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Outdoor theater, with a large dose of Shakespeare each season, in the East Bay Area of San Francisco. Excellent cast. Stunning amophitheater setting. Family friendly, picnic grounds. Troupe experiments with presentations in always interesting ways. Come nearly every summer when in the area.

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Orinda, California
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172 reviews 172 reviews
24 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Family friendly, bring dinner or buy it here, have a glass of wine and watch a great show..bring a blanket or wear a jacket-gorgeous venue and always a good show. Call ahead to check content for kids...and buy tickets early...our teens groaned and then loved Romeo and Juliet -we try and go every summer. Dont have to be a Shakespearan... More 

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San Francisco
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140 reviews 140 reviews
33 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We have been coming to "CalShakes" for many years. Our family looks forward to each season - and we often make an picnic to accompany the show. A mix of Shakespeare and other playwrights. Be prepared for some unorthodox delivery - always interesting ! The outdoor amphitheater is wonderful, but take a coat or blanket for the evening performances. Students... More 

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East Bay, USA
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

If you have an opportunity to see a CalShakes production, take it: wonderful productions in an open setting with a beautiful pre-show picnic area. Make sure you bring several layers of clothes -- it can get COLD at night.

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Orinda, California, United States
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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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47 reviews 47 reviews
7 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 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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128 reviews 128 reviews
52 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 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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56 reviews 56 reviews
8 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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